D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme-N Selectable Dual-Band Gaming Router 

D-Link is one of the best router manufacturers to date. They are not new to the networking niche, but they always strive to give the best to consumers. So today, we’re not going to review their old run-of-the-mill routers. Oh no, we are going to review one of their gaming routers, the D-Link DGL-4500 Extreme N Gaming router.

The D-Link DGL-4500 uses the Wireless N technology, which is a little older compared to the newer AC WiFi Module. Still, its transfer speeds are superb, considering the older technology.

The gaming router also sports a glossy black finish at the top, and a matte black finish on the sides and bottom. It also has 3 external antennas for highly improved WiFi signal distribution.

To know what features the D-Link DGL-4500 has, here is the official product description:

With dualband Wireless N technology (2.4GHz or 5GHz) gamers can choose which wireless band works best for them. In order to get the best out of your game, the Xtreme-N Gaming Router includes an updated GameFuel Priority Engine to prioritize your gaming traffic on the network and get your game going smoother. The DGL-4500/RE also includes Gigabit LAN and WAN ports to get your game on with incredible speeds. Information is key, with that in mind we’ve included the Network Activity Display to give you vital information about your router and network all at the touch of a button.

What I love about D-Link is that most, if not all of their routers have specialized and proprietary features. Here are just some of them:

Intelligent QoS Technology- QoS stands for Quality of Service. In this case, the DGL-4500 prioritizes network speeds for applications that truly need it. For example, if you’re downloading a large file, while at the same time, using Skype to connect to your loved ones, the Intelligent QoS Technology would lower the transfer speeds for the downloading file, and it will give more network speeds for the Skype application (since it is much more important, no?)

Dual-Band 802.11n Technology- What is the fuss about dual-band routers? And why are they more beneficial for gamers? Well, the main advantage of Dual-band routers over single-band routers is that Dual-band routers can discern which connection offers more speed. After it discerns which is the optimum band for better gameplay, it will automatically connect to the network, even without user intervention.

Improved Firewall Protection- Firewalls are commonplace in most routers as they are the first line of defense when it comes to unwanted elements such as malware, Trojans, etc. The DGL-4500 has an improved Firewall protection, which will alert the user if there are any malicious contents that tries to get on the network.

And, it also has some nice bit of extras that you might want:

  • Network Activity Display that gives you vital information about your router and network settings
  • Updated GameFuel Engine to keep your game going smoother
  • Backward compatible with 802.11a/g/b devices
  • D-Link Green Verified Product (hardware version A1 and A2)
  • Includes SharePort technology* for sharing USB devices like printers and storage over your network

The DGL-4500 prioritizes game packets thanks to the GameFuel Engine. This means that you can enjoy multiplayer online games without having to worry about lag at all!

The D-Link DGL-4500 is a promising gaming router, and with a price of only $40, it is a solid choice for a gaming router.