I'm with Baccon on this one. DD-WRT is the most powerful and flexible os for a router in the residential market. It works very well with Linksys, but it is also available on other platforms. I am using it on a WRT150N and a WRT54G. It provides much more customization than any commercial release I've ever used. That is: bandwidth shaping (802.1q), port configurations, VPN, heck there's even a variant that supports SIP and H.323 for VOIP calling (tomato). They also provide the flexibility to use a wireless router as a network extender.
It is not idiot-proof. While it exposes lots of settings for changing/tweaking, you do need to know what you are doing. Not really for beginners!
"gaming" routers are just normal routers with a price increase and better marketing.
there is no difference between a "gaming" router and its equivelent level router.
YES - this is 100% correct
I also support this.
The D-link DIR-655 has the same(or very similar) hardware specs as the DGL-4500, for $100 less.
You cant say a $30 router will give you the same performance as a $100 router. Sub $60 routers usually have very low ram and slow CPUs that will increase your ping time, which is even more of an issue when you have more that one user on the router at once.
Most routers in the $100 range will do gaming extremly well, no need to spend another $100 on a "gaming" router.
Gaming routers open ports for gaming automatically.
Once you start a game it knows what ports to open up.
Plus you can pick what bandwith goes where, and also see the packets.
Also they have display's on them, that show speeds, bandwith, and packets,,
Plus they show more then that,
They are worth the money, i have the first gaming router that came out.
It is ok but, i would like to get the new ones.
Those thing's are awesome.
open ports automatically? what router does not support UPNP nowadays? make sure UPNP is on in your router
config and on your ps3...
pick what bandwidth goes where? QOS, quality of service settings, are not specific to gaming routers.
gaming routers are not worth the $ not different at all from standard routers...