D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router - DGL-4500 Setup and Configuration

Article Index
D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router
DGL-4500 Features and Specs
DGL-4500 Network Activity Display
DGL-4500 Setup and Configuration
Network Performance and Final Thoughts

Router Setup:

Most of the router setup is pretty straight forward and there isn't much use me stating the obvious.  I've included quite a few screenshots of some of the more advanced features as well.  Things like Advanced Routing, Virtual Servers, Quality of Service settings, Application Rules and more.  As I mentioned, most of it is pretty simple so make sure you take time to click through the screenshots in the gallery so you can understand what is behind the DGL-4500 to make it tick.

 Basic - Internet
Basic - Internet
 Basic - Wireless
Basic - Wireless
 Basic - Network
Basic - Network

 

The router shipped with the 1.02 revision firmware and this firmware still appears to be the most current version although it is rather old - November 13, 2007.  Regardless, everything seems to work and you can easily hook up an iPod touch or iPhone to the wireless network.  Some people have reported issues with D-Link routers and iPods, but this combination works fine.

The setup wizard will work fine for most people but if you're a hands-on kind of person, the images above will let you see what is available in the Basic Settings.

 

Advanced Settings:

As we head into the advanced settings, I'll remind you to take a look at the gallery and click your way through these images here as we'll over cover a few below.

 Advanced - Virtual Server
Advanced - Virtual Server
 Advanced - GameFuel
Advanced - GameFuel
 Advanced - Web Filter
Advanced - Web Filter

 

The Virtual Server allows you to run servers on the web from your networks that are normally blocked by either your firewall or your ISP.  This allows you to open ports and to port forward in order to run these services.  For instance, most ISPs block port 80 and port 21 for HTTP and FTP respectively.  If you want to run an FTP server on your home network and have it available to the public on the web, you can specify that port 21 on your internal network should be port 8111 or something similar on the web.  This way you can run a web-accessible FTP server at 111.1.11.111:8111 for example.  If you tried to run this on port 21 (standard FTP port), it would not be accessible.  The DGL-4500 allows you flexibility in this area.

Gamefuel is the QoS engine that helps the D-Link DGL-4500 packet shape or packet prioritize in order for your games to continue to run without lag or packet loss even on a busy network.  If you have more than one machine behind your router and other people are using the web when you're in the middle of a gaming session, you'll often experience lag as your internet connection is handling a lot of traffic from other people streaming media or just browsing the web on your network.  With Gamefuel enabled, your games take top priority and all other traffic gets put last - enabling better performance and less lag on your games.  It works well and is a must have for any gamer.

 

Tools & Status:

Like previous Gamerlounge routers, there are a few tools the help you get the most from your unit.  The Admin Tool is a great place to start and setup a new password and create users if needed.  The status pages give you a great overall breakdown of what is going on - and in more detail than the Network Activity Display on router itself.

 Tools - Admin
Tools - Admin
Status - Device Info
Status - Device Info
Status - WISH Sessions
Status - WISH Sessions

 

On the last page we'll take a look at how this router performs in terms of network performance.