D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router

Posted on April 17, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Features & Specifications

The DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router is filled to the brim with features and capabilities. One of the few things it's missing is a storage unit. Below are the DGL-4500's primary features:

  • Dualband Draft 802.11n Technology (2.4GHz or 5GHz) for Getting Your Game on in the Wireless Band of Your Choice
  • Network Activity Display that Gives You Vital Information about Your Router and Network Settings
  • Updated GameFuel Engine to Keep Your Game Going Smoother
  • Gigabit LAN and WAN Ports to Power Your Wired Network
  • Backward Compatible with 802.11a/g/b Devices

My first question was why the unit needed a gigabit WAN port, but then I realized that the router may not always be hooked directly to a gateway. The DGL-4500 would be ideal for a dorm or apartment with a gigabit connection. Provided the gateway had a large bandwidth pipe, I'd still be able to prioritize my own traffic to increase performance. Alternatively, the gigabit WAN port would come in handy if I was only using the DGL-4500 as a wireless access point or even a network extension.

The DGL-4500's specifications give a better idea of what advanced and technical features the DGL-4500 has.

Specifications
Standards IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.3u
Interface Type 4 Gigabit LAN Ports
1 Gigabit WAN Port
USB Port (for Windows Connect Now)
Antenna Type 3 External Reverse SMA Dualband Antennas
Security 64/128-bit WEP
WPA & WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
Advanced Firewall Features Network Address Translation (NAT)
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
VPN Pass-through / Multi-sessions PPTP / L2TP / IPSec
Device Management Internet Explorer v6 or later; Mozilla Firefox v1.5 or later; or other Java-enabled Browsers
Certifications FCC Class B
IC
Dimensions Item (WxDxH): 4.6" x 7.6" x 1.2"
Packaging (WxDxH): 9.6" x 11.1" x 3.1"
Weight Item: 0.7 lbs
Packaging: 2.0 lbs
Warranty 1 Year Limited
Minimum System Requirements Computer with: Windows Vista**, Windows XP SP2, or Mac OS X (v10.4)
Internet Explorer v6 or Mozilla Firefox v1.5
CD-ROM Drive
Network Interface Card
For Internet Access: Cable or DSL Modem
Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
For Optimal Wireless Performance: Use with D-Link Xtreme N Adapters (DWA-552, DWA-556, DWA-643, or DWA-652)

The DGL-4500 packs in a USB port on the rear for Windows' "Connect Now". Connect Now allows users to identify a Connect Now-ready device with the router, then by plugging it into a host PC, it is instantly shared over the network. For the features the DGL-4500 packs in, I'm surprised it weighs in at a mere .7 lbs. This makes me wonder whether or not the hardware will be capable of maintaining all the services offered.

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