D-Link DGL-4300 GamerLounge Wireless 108G Gaming Router

D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless Router

The D-Link DGL-4300 wireless 108G gaming router is mainly built for online gamer to provide the uninterrupted and latency-free gaming experience. It’s customized with game-centric features to boast maximum flexibility for configuration and performance. It supports wireless transmission rate up to 108Mbps and supports up to 6000 concurrent connections (good for P2P applications and multiplayer online game) .

This router is built with GameFuel technology, which can help you to set higher priority for online game or other interactive programs and enjoy better performance.

Here are some main features:

- GameFuel™ Priority powered platform reduces latency and boosts network efficiency and performance

- Intelligently manages and automatically prioritizes network traffic to better execute bandwidth-sensitive applications including VoIP and multimedia applications

- Enhanced wireless technology for optimal range and connectivity – up to 108Mbps

- High-Performance CPU to support thousands of concurrent connections – ideal for P2P applications and multiplayer interactivity

- Enables multi-tasking between other applications without degradation in game connection

- Pre-configured ports to accommodate up to 256 policies for games and applications

- Customizable settings to add or modify new applications or game configurations

- Firmware upgrade notification feature keeps your new D-Link Gaming Router up to date

- Protect your wireless data with support for both Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)

- Integrated Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall and Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall help protect against hackers, wardrivers, and other unauthorized users

Important Specifications:

Device type :
- Wireless gaming router

Wireless Network Standards:
- IEEE 802.11g
- IEEE 802.11b

Wireless Data Transfer Rates:
- 108 Mbps

Ports/Buttons:
- Internet: One 10/100 RJ-45 Port
- LAN: Four 10/100/1000 RJ-45 Switched Ports (Gigabit LAN support)
- One Reset Button
- One Power Port

Gaming Features:
- Game Access Rule
- GameFuel Priority

Security Features:
- Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), 64/128-bit WEP
- Access Control Policies
- Web filter
- SPI firewall
- MAC filtering

Supported VPN Pass-through Features:
- IPsec VPN Pass-through
- PPTP VPN Pass-through
- L2TP VPN Pass-through

Other Features:
- Virtual Server
- special applications Rule (port triggering )
- DDNS

If you are serious online gamer, might consider to purchase one.

User reviews on www.amazon.com:

Its a pretty great router, but support is weak! Courtland J. Carpenter (Fort Wayne, Indiana United States) April 8, 2005
I'm a computer professional so technology is not much of a mystery to me, but I still want something that's solid, and easy to manage. The internal software to his unit is pretty good, and the performance is top notch. For one its easy to store, and save your configurations. This is important because there may be occasion where you have to reset the router, and your settings would be lost. The firmware was easy to update, and will need to be updated as soon as you connect the device. A word of caution here, if you are using a dial-up connection, (unless its always been very stable), I don't recommend upgrading the firmware with it. One thing you cannot do, because it will likely render the router useless, is lose your connection in the middle of a firmware upgrade.

This is a gamer modem, and the help files and web manual provide good information as to how to set it up. It even has the settings to port replicate many popular game already built in. In addition, it has a special gamer network traffic section to keep your games running on an even keel over your network. I works, but better with some games than others. While I can't speak for any screaming, bleeding edge speed boosters, it seemed fast. I connected my old Windows 98SE machine using a Hawking, USB, wireless receiver, and it just worked! I experienced none of the problems I'd read horror stories about with other wireless routers.

Connection is a snap. Disconnect your cable modem from the back of your comp, connects its ethernet cable to your new D-Link router, run the included cable from the D-link to your ethernet port on your comp. (If your computer was connected with USB, you might need a $10 ethernet PCI card if you don't have an ethernet connection.) Turn everything back on, and (at least in my case, it just worked). If your running it as a network, and not just a single firewall, I'd recommend the most modern computer for the wired connection. The rest can either go wired or wireless. I got excellent signal strength, and have yet to experience a dropout on my wireless machine. For those who don't know, a wireless router is normally wired to the first machine (wired connections are generally faster and more solid than wireless). The wireless part is generally for other computers and network devices (like printers and such) to be connected to the wireless part of the network. In the past all connections to a router were wired. If you have one computer you can use an access point, instead of a firewall, but with the exception of this one, (which is expensive) most access points cost near the same as a four port wireless router.

Ok, now the bad news. It is a complicated piece of tech, and to do some things, people might need help. My advice is to read the FAQ's, and go to the web boards. I needed to get it to host a BattleNet game. I had the correct ports replicated as an exception, but it didn't work. I called the tech serve, and a typical moron told me how to ping the system with Windows command line. I spent a half hour trying to tell him I was connected fine, and could even play the game I wanted (Warcraft III Frozen Throne), but could not host a game. He couldn't answer a few simple questions, and finally admitted he didn't know anything about networking, but was reading from a test script. He agreed to transfer me to level 2 technicians. When I spoke to them they couldn't answer my questions either, and gave some lame excuse that if they told me how to host on BNet it would make my network insecure, and they would be liable to a lawsuit. Give me a break, you create a gamer router, and even include the ports listed for that game, then won't tell your customers how to set it up. I just don't think they held up their end of the bargain (D-Link support that is).

After two days of testing it, I finally figured out, I had to create virtual servers for each port separately, then create a static IP address, and connect it up to the dynamically created one from Comcast. That would allow the virtual servers to be used by the gamers connecting to the host machine, to connect to a defined, unchanging address, which would connect to whatever other address came up dynamically by the service provider, using the DCHP server. It sounds complicated to a non-network guy, and it is. I'd have like to been told how to do that by tech serve, but they were too incompetent so it was just trial and error, plus a lot of reading.

Bottom line is if you've gone though the router trials before, this will probably be a good experience. If not, prepare to educate yourself on the wonderful world of networking. I do recommend routers to be used as firewalls to all computer users who access the web, gamers or not. Hackers are banging on your computers ports all day long on the web, and with a hardware router, they only see a router, not the computers hidden behind it. If your not a gamer, this one is pricey, but if you want the latest greatest, as of today, this is pretty much it.

Best Router I've ever owned Chris Lee Mullins (Highlands Ranch, CO) December 29, 2005
I've always sworn by Linksys and Netgear, but this past summer, I was pulling my hair out with VOIP problems. On both my older Linksys Wireless-G router and a newer Netgear WGR614 router, all calls over VOIP would end spontaneously after 5-10 minutes. It varied and improved somewhat when I moved to the WGR614.

On a whim, I purchased this from CompUSA. I'd had problems with D-Link in the past - two wireless routers in a row died in less than a year, just prior to purchasing my Linksys G-router. Oh man, how things have changed.

1) VOIP is given priority on this router. I haven't dropped a Vonage call in three weeks. 2) Where before my XBox live signal (XBOX360 w/ wireless-G adapter) was weak and prone to disconnection, this router provides a very robust and stable connection. 3) Both of my Apple Powerbooks connect without issue. I've had problems with both the Linksys and Netgear router and WPA-PSK implementation. It would often kick back my password, deny access to the network, or my Apple would wake from sleep and not be able to find the network. Again, in three weeks, both Powerbooks have connected within seconds using WPA-PSK. 4) It sounds stupid but...this router is attractive. No longer do I feel the need to hid the unit under a desk. It just looks...cool. LEDs are bright, though, so if you game in a darkened room with this router, watch out. ;) 5) More intuitive interface than the competition.

I've heard that D-Link provides weak support for their products, but then, so did Netgear and Linksys, both of whom I called about the VOIP issue and both, naturally, blamed it on the VOIP box. Hopefully, with such an outstanding product, I'm sure I'll never have to avail myself upon D-Link's tech support.

Sure, this router is MUCH more expensive than the competition, but it works as advertised, provides a better WiFi signal and, most importantly, its CONSISTANT.

Finally, a router that actually works as advertised D. Crain "nanohead" (NJ United States) December 5, 2005
I don't know what it is, but all the routers I've had have all been, well lousy. Random hangs and crashes, crude and sloppy software, moody DHCP servers, unreliable upgrades, garbage power supplies, and general bad behavior. Funny thing is, they've all been linksys, and they never improved. Yup, faster, and more expensive was the claim, but they all were just junk. I'd finally had it. Especially in a house with school age kids that learn to rely on the internet, and when it crashes twice a week, I become tech support boy real quick.

Now this router is another story. I'd started playing around with Gigabit Ethernet last year, for gaming and MP3 file sharing, and was surprised to see a router that featured GbE when I went looking to replace yet another failed blue box. Let me tell you, after some 6 or so blue routers over the past 8 years, this one rocks. It just worked, no drama. The software makes sense, and is not a sloppy mess. It upgrades itself it you tell it to. It tells you whats going on. Its fast. You can find things in it.

The power supply even looks decent. I've had some D-Link stuff over the years, mostly wireless cards, and I knew they were pretty good, but this thing takes the cake. It IS worth the extra money, especially if it lasts a couple of years. Highly recommended

Best router I've bought Lantana Al (Lantana, TX USA) May 23, 2006
I really like this router. It has a lot of features and appears to be a great performer. You can prioritize packet routing from certain IP address, which I used to prioritize the packets from my Vonage adapter. The router interface is the best I've seen. The gigabit switch is great.

Great for PS3 - Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii S. Sanjuan "Me, myself and I" (CA) July 20, 2008
I'm writting this review because I read some of the others before I bought this Router, I noticed most people mentioned the PS3 and Xbox 360 worked fine with this router but couldn't find any reffering to the Nintendo Wii, so I bought it at Fry's and hoped it would work!

I got home and followed the "quick install guide" included in the package (plus instructions in the gaming systems) and I was done with the complete setup in about 30 minutes (it took me a while to figure out how to secure the signal)

All I can say is that I scored with this router!

This is my setup...

ROUTER IS IN MY ROOM Xbox 360 - Wired (In my room) PC - Wired (In my room) PS3 - Wireless (In the living room) Nintendo Wii - Wireless (In my kids room)

I am now playing Halo 3 on Xbox live (took a break to write this review) my younger son is downloading Wii software updates and my older son is playing Metal Gear Solid 4 online and everything is working great!

The only reason why I gave it four stars instead of five is because I could not find any direct instructions on how to secure the signal, got help from Yahoo Answers.

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