D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless 108G Gaming Router

It's not exactly cheap, but hardcore gamers who love networked gaming shouldn't hesistate to pick up D-Link's router built specifically for gaming.


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Design
The DGL-4300 is an all-black router that's suitable for use either lying flat or in a vertical position, and small rubber feet are provided in the box to allow you to set up the DGL-4300 in this fashion. As routers go, the all-black style with blue indicators is a reasonably classy look, but at the end of the day, it's still a router, and routers aren't really fashion accessories. Being a mixed wired/wireless router, you've got the option to hide it away in a cupboard if it particularly interferes with your interior decor.

Features
The DGL-4300 features what D-Link calls "Gamefuel", which is a fancy marketing term for some Quality of Service implementations that prioritise what the router identifies as gaming-related traffic. In theory, with the DGL-4300 in use you should get smoother gameplay experiences because the games traffic coming in and going out of your router has priority over other Internet applications such as Web browsing or file transfer. The DGL-4300 integrates the settings for popular games (and some P2P clients) directly into its firmware, so you don't even need to know the normal port settings -- you just select from the list (which will presumably be updated with future firmware updates), which at the time of writing stretched from Age Of Empires to Xbox Live.

On the wired side, the DGL-4300 features four Gigabit ethernet ports. These won't specifically increase your online gaming performance, but if you're into hosting local LAN contests it should ensure entirely lag-free contests. Wirelessly, it's an 802.11g standard router with D-Link's particular flavour of 108Mbps wireless connectivity which it labels as AirPlus XtremeG. If you've got XtremeG cards in your networked machines, it'll give you the increased throughput, otherwise it'll just work at 54Mbps. 802.11b is also supported, although if you're in the market for a specialised gaming router like the DGL-4300, you really should dump the aging 802.11b gear.

Performance
One thing we found a little odd with the DGL-4300 is that by default the Gamefuel option is switched off, which more or less turns the DGL-4300 into an everyday router. It's simple enough to enable, either via the novice-friendly wizard or more advanced controls, which also let you set up specific rules for individual game titles, set yourself up as a virtual server and generally tweak the DGL-4300's settings to get the perfect gaming balance.

Wireless home routers are very well developed technology, so it wasn't suprising to see the DGL-4300 performing well wirelessly, especially if you do have other D-Link XtremeG adaptors. Gaming while doing other tasks, however, is where the DGL-4300 is meant to justify its extra dollars. Clearly there are other factors that can affect gaming performance that are out of your control, but from the home user side, the DGL-4300 certainly delivers, giving clearly lower latencies across network games on PC and console connections. It's a touch harder to judge on the console side, however, where clear latency can be felt in-game, but not easily quantified.

You can't get something for nothing, however, and by prioritising gaming packets, all other applications are likely to hit some speedbumps along the way. It'll largely depend on your particular networking situation as to whether this will be much of a problem.

It's worth noting that if you're the only user of your wireless connection and can stand to not be downloading or otherwise using network resources you could easily get similar performance from any ordinary router, although it would take some careful configuration steps. The beauty of the DGL-4300 is that it makes all that stuff easy to do, even for novices, and it's not often that you can use the word "easy" and "networking" in the same sentence, especially if you add "wireless" to the mix.

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sum 1
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sum 1 posted a review   

The Good:awesome router every gamers dream

The Bad:cant get it not in stores i cant find it,price$$$$$$$

wish i had 1 :(

hands-mr
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hands-mr posted a review   

Not good. Reboots and slow performance

mturgeon
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mturgeon posted a review   

The Good:-strong reliable performance
-SPI firewall
-easy to use and configure
-a plethora of features and options

The Bad:Other than being just a tad on the expensive side, none. It's definitely worth it's weight in gold though.

I could go for pages upon pages about all the features and performance of this router, but it can all be summed up in only 2 words: rock solid.

Had mine for 2 years and have not had to reset once, been nothing but smooth running. Got all the features any advanced user would ever need, but at the same time is easy to use. This thing will take just about anything you throw at it.

amarklin
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amarklin posted a review   

The Good:Great Feature Set
Firmware is stable - no odd problems
Stable operation - no reboots at all
Wireless range - very good for non-MIMO g-type.
DHCP Passthru works perfectly

The Bad:None. No, really: none. Price is reasonable

Fantastic feature set and rock-solid stable, reliable, as-advertised operation. Best router/wireless AP in the SOHO class.

dogdirt2000
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dogdirt2000 posted a review   

The Good:Easy to setup. Excellent for gaming on both pc and 360 (connected wirelessly). No problems connecting it up with other hardware such as the dsl-300t modem. Good firewall. Latency is very low with wired and wireless networking. Port Forwarding very easy. Works great with p2p and torrent downloads.

Just a note to the person above commenting on using it with the dsl-300t. I have mine set up so that the modem acts as a 'bridge', and the router does all the rest.

The Bad:Bit pricey

Absolutely brilliant.

anon
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anon posted a review   

Previously used only linksys routers but my last one had so many problems and had to be rebooted all the time. I took the plunge and got the dgl4300. no problems even when i'm running utorrent, vpn, voip, and games at the same time

Timtax
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Timtax posted a review   

The Good:-1 Gig LAN ports
-actually makes web surfing a bit faster
-good firewall with NAT endpoint filtering in firmware 1.7
-It has MAC address filtering for extra security on wireless.

The Bad:-cost $137.99 CDN + taxes at Canadacomputers.com

-cannot un-stealth port 113 so my internet provider sometimes drops the connection.

Works well with the new firmware 1.7 I noticed a reduced the lag time (compared to other routers) when surfing the web while another user on the LAN is downloading on my Rogers cable internet here at Toronto, Canada. I like the save settings option so that you can restore them after a firmware upgrade.

beansofstee
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beansofstee posted a review   

The Good:Excellent Security (SPI is amazing)

The Bad:Doesnt work for long enough

theres something permenantly wrong with my router, i am on my DSL 300T ethernet modem at the mo, ive tried all the firmware, resoration to f/s. and now im looking for the best configuration to acually make it work!

Marc Henri
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"Excellent Router Highly recommended"

Marc Henri posted a review   

The Good:This router was extemely easy to setup... I was up and running in about 5 minutes. The wireless connection is rock solid, and I'm now using WAP-Personal instead of WEP.

The Bad:Price

wireless
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"no problems setting up with telstra cable"

wireless posted a review   




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  • sum 1

    sum 1

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    "wish i had 1 :("

  • hands-mr

    hands-mr

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    "Not good. Reboots and slow performance"

  • mturgeon

    mturgeon

    Rating10

    "I could go for pages upon pages about all the features and performance of this router, but it can all be summed up in only 2 words: rock solid.

    Had mine for 2 years and have not had..."

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