July 20, 2005
After my little Linksys WRT55AG adventure, I did what I should have done to begin with — my homework.
What I settled on was the D-Link DGL-4300 Wireless 108G “Gaming Router”.
I’m not a gamer (although I’ve got one on the premises), but their “Gamefuel” feature essentially operates much like the Hawking Broadband Booster — in fact, it uses an earlier version of the same Ubicom Streamengine that the Broadband Booster does, but exposes more of the interface for controlling how the Quality of Service (QoS) feature operates.
Although some other reviews suggest that the Gamefuel features don’t work quite as well on insuring the quality of VOIP calls as the Hawking box does, it still seems to help considerably.
The other big feature I was looking for was gigabit ethernet — the DGL-4300 has a built-in 4 port gigabit ethernet switch. At some point in the near future, I plan to dump my two or three remaining 10/100 switches and replace them with 10/100/1000 switches, so this puts me slightly ahead of the game on that item.