The Good Intuitive and responsive browser interface; Gigabit LAN and WAN; excellent range; easy to setup; Network Activity Display offers quick access to a variety of network information; preset with a lot of settings for special services and applications, including games.
The Bad Random reset during heavy load.
The Bottom Line The D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router almost succeeds for home networking and hardcore gamers. It bears a few flaws, among which is a random reset during heavy load that might be the deal breaker.
|D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router||Linksys EA9500 AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO||Netgear R9000 Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart Wi-Fi Router||Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router||NetGear R6300 WiFi Router|
|Price||$240 MSRP||$400 Dell Home||$413 Amazon.com||$144 Amazon.com||$65 Amazon.com|
D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router
The D-Link DGL-4500 GamerLounge Xtreme N Gaming Router offers decent performance and a long list of features for home wireless networking and hardcore gamers. However, it lacks support for simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands along with random resets during heavy loads. You may want to wait for a successor to the DGL-4500, or at least a firmware update, before buying it. With the hefty price tag of about $180, we expected better stability. Unless you plan to take advantage of the DGL-4500's GameFuel feature for prioritizing bandwidth for games, we still recommend D-Link's DIR-655 Xtreme N router for its superior performance or the Netgear WNR854T RangeMax for its speed, stability, and price.
Device type: Wireless router
Network standard: 802.11n (draft), 802.11b/g
Bandwidth: 2.4GHz and 5Ghz (not simultaneous)
Operating systems supported: Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, or Mac OS X (v10.4)
Security options: 64/128-bit WEP; WPA; WPA2
Features: Four Gigabit LAN ports; One Gigabit WAN port; DHCP support; VPN Pass-through / Multi-sessions PPTP / L2TP / IPSec; NAT; SPI; DDNS; USB Port (for Windows Connect Now)
Notable design features: Distinctive look with Network Activity Display
Support: One-year warranty
The D-Link DGL-4500 is a MIMO router with three antennas attached to its back. We would prefer that they resided on the side of the unit where they wouldn't crowd the ports. Like most D-Link routers, the DGL-4500 is wall mountable and also ships with a base to position it vertically. The DGL-4500 features a Network Activity Display that shows more than only the network's connection status. Using the two display navigation buttons, you can access various WAN, LAN, and wireless information via this little blue screen. While most of the information is just general information--current throughput, number of connected clients--it is a bit more useful than the typical status LEDs found on other routers. While somewhat convenient, we found it this display frustrating because it turns on only when you press one of the navigation buttons, it turns itself off after about a minute, and there's no option to change the length of time it stays on. Why not just keep the display lit at all times by default, showing you your network connection status? It's not so bright as to be a distraction, even in a darkened room.
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