D-Link Reshapes The Home Network At CES 2009
By Andrew R Hickey
3:34 PM EST Tue. Jan. 06, 2009
D-Link on Tuesday outlined its CES 2009 game plan, unveiling a host of products designed to make digital home networking simple and convenient. The new D-Link offerings, which include an all-in-one green router with storage built in, a mini PC companion monitor and the vendor's fastest 802.11n
router, will be highlighted throughout the weeklong Las Vegas show.
First up, D-Link announced the Xtreme N All-In-One 11 Router (DIR-685), an all-in-one 802.11n home network
router that ties together all of the standard Wi-Fi features with network attached storage (NAS) via a built-in slot for a 2.5-inch hard drive, print server and 3.2-inch LCD monitor for displaying digital photos and network diagnostics. The router offers an upright design and touch-sensitive buttons letting users view the LCD screen that displays device status, digital photos, streamed video, weather forecasts and other information in nearly 1.6 million colors.
At CES, D-Link also will release its fastest router ever, the Xtreme N450, which can offer data speeds of up to 450 Mbps. According to D-Link, current 11n home routers run at 300 Mbps. As with other D-Link 11n devices, the Xtreme N450 features both WAN and LAN gigabit
ports, D-Link's SharePort technology for printer sharing capabilities, simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz performance, three antennas and D-Link Green technology to save power through wireless scheduling and cable
and port detection technology.