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Review: D-Link Wireless 108G Gaming Router

Introduction

D-Link Wireless 108G Gaming Router
SummaryWireless router with 4 port Gigabit Ethernet switch and Atheros Super-G wireless. Also available without wireless as DGL-4100
UpdateNone
Pros• Built-in 4 port 10/100/1000 switch
• Near 100Mbps wire-speed routing
• Handles 1000 simultaneous open sessions
• Automatic upstream bandwidth management
Cons• Uneven wireless performance
• No downstream QoS
• Twice the cost of 4 port 10/100 Super-G routers

It's been a long time since I've been able to review a D-Link product, so why not start with one that breaks some new ground? The DGL-4300 Wireless 108G Gaming Router (and its wireless-less sibling the DGL-4100) are the first consumer routers to include a 10/100/1000 (Gigabit Ethernet) switch. And while they are not the first to incorporate QoS (Quality of Service) features, they are the first to use automatic traffic classification to attempt to simply its setup.

Since gamers tend to try anything that promises to give them an edge over their competition, D-Link has decided to position the 4300 and 4100 for that crowd. But as I found out, this powerful pair can do more than just help you out-frag your online opponents.