D-Link DGL-4500 Xtreme N Gaming Router

Posted on April 17, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Usage: Gaming Performance

The purpose of the DGL-4500 is gaming, so my obvious first benchmark was to test the ping of various game servers both while idling and while downloading. For downloading, I opted to download the Unreal Tournament 3 demo from a BitTorrent server. After letting the BitTorrent throttle up, I began my tests.

Ping Tests
Router / Game No Load Downloading
D-Link DGL-4500 / Unreal Tournament 3 60ms 82ms
Linksys WRT54g / Unreal Tournament 3 60ms 122ms
D-Link DGL-4500 / Counter-Strike: Source 65ms 84ms
Linksys WRT54g / Counter-Strike: Source 65ms 122ms

As I found above, the DGL-4500 does indeed increase performance while downloading, but only marginally. A ping of 80ms isn't the most playable ping in many games, and it also lowers the bandwidth available to BitTorrent significantly. Of course, this is a much more welcome option than having to pause the download completely while gaming.

I only added minor optimizations to the router for each game, such as providing some of the games' ports and my desktop's IP address. There may have been further optimizations available that I overlooked.

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