CES 2013: D-Link creates routers for work and play

Yardena Arar
8 January, 2013
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Betting that people want networking gear for specialised uses, D-Link has announced several new routers designed for gaming, business, and travel. The company’s International CES lineup also includes a couple of new webcams for remote monitoring of homes and businesses.

The most innovative, if not the fastest, of the new routers is the SharePoint Go II (DIR-508L), designed for mobile use. Roughly the size of a couple of stacked smartphones and weighing less than 220g, the SharePoint Go II offers 2.4GHz 802.11n connections (with nominal speeds of up to 300 megabits per second) to broadband from either a conventional ethernet hookup, another Wi-Fi hotspot, or a 3G/4G USB modem plugged into its USB 2.0 port.

Alternatively, you can use the port to connect USB devices for recharging, or for connecting USB storage and sharing its contents with other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. There’s also an SD card slot for media sharing, and a mini-USB port for charging the SharePoint Go II’s 4000mAh lithium-ion battery.

D-Link says the SharePoint Go II will ship in April for $120.

A trio of 802.11ac routers

D-Link Gaming RouterD-Link’s other new routers all support 802.11ac, the most recent and fastest Wi-Fi standard. The D-Link Gaming Router (DGL-5500) offers nominal speeds of up to 1300 megabits per second. Outfitted with four gigabit ethernet ports, it also is among the first routers to use Qualcomm StreamBoost bandwidth management technology for allocating internet bandwidth between multiple network devices based on application demand at any given moment.

D-Link says the Gaming Router is slated to ship in late autumn, with pricing to be announced at that time.

D-Link also announced two new members of its Cloud Router family, which offer remote management features via the web and MyDlink Lite apps for iOS and Android devices. The Wireless AC 1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-868L) and the Wireless AC 1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-860L) both support simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi operations; both have four gigabit ethernet LAN ports and a USB 3.0 port with D-Link’s SharePoint technology for remotely accessing media on a plugged in drive.

The Wireless AC 1750 router supports combined nominal wireless speeds of up to 1700 mbps (1300 mbps for 802.11ac operations and 450 mbps for 802.11n operations), while the Wireless AC 1200 tops out at 862 mbps for 802.11ac and 300 mbps for 802.11n. D-Link expects both to ship in April, with the 1750 AC priced at US$170 and the 1200 AC at US$150.

New cloud cameras

D-Link Cloud Camera 1150D-Link’s new IP network cameras, the Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L) and Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L), both feature built-in web servers with 802.11n connectivity and support for H.264 video compression. You can view the video streams from these cameras on a desktop web browser or using MyDlink apps for iOS or Android. Both cameras also feature motion-sensing technology that can initiate recording sessions.

The difference between the two units is that the 1150 offers infrared illumination to enable night viewing. D-Link says the Cloud Camera 1150 and 1050 will both ship in February for US$100 and US$80, respectively.

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