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D-Link was nice enough to send over a DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender and a Monopiece speaker to test out with it.  Let’s see how it went!

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D-Link was nice enough to send over a DCH-M225 Wi-Fi Audio Extender and a Monopiece speaker to test out with it.  Let’s see how it went!

Product Overview

The D-Link DCH-M225 is designed to extend your Wi-Fi into hard-to-reach zones while providing the ability to connect any speaker.  In essence, as long as you have a speaker with a 3.5mm input jack on it, you can turn it into an AirPlay or PlayTo-compatible speaker while range-extending your Wi-Fi connection.  Here is a good video overview.

Specifications

This is a single stream N300 range extender, so it won’t set any speed records.  As it is single-stream, 2.4 GHz connectivity is the only band on offer.

Product Pictures

This is a small form-factor product.  Check out these product shots.

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Installation and Use

The DCH-M225 supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup and also can be set up manually.  I did it both ways; WPS worked OK, and the manual install is easy as well.  To set it up using WPS, simply plug the unit into a wall socket close to your router and wait until the LED on the front turns solid amber.  Then, press the WPS button on the router, and within one minute, press the WPS button on the DCH-M225.  It will communicate with the router and establish a connection, and once done, you’ll see s solid green LED on the range extender.  Then, unplug it and set it up where you need it, and plug a speaker in.  You are now good to go.

The manual installation is also pretty easy to do, and even if you use WPS, you will likely need to hit the admin screens on the product to make tweaks to the settings.  Plug the unit into a wall socket, and wait until the LED turns blinking amber.  Then, open up a web browser (I did all of my installation work in IE11) and point the browser to the address http://linkkap.local./ and you’ll see the following screen.

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The admin password is blank, so hit enter.  You’ll want to change that later on and I’ll point out how to do that.  You land at the Current Status screen, as in this screenshot.

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See that green check?  That means that you are connected to the internet.  You will see a red X there on first installation; this is showing connected as I set the unit up using WPS first.  Click on the Setup Wizard box at the top left of the screen and you see this.

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Click Next to start the setup process.

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I want to set this up manually so I choose the second option.  If you choose the first option, you will use WPS to effect the setup.  Anyhow, I chose the second option and clicked Next.

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The DCH-M225 will now scan for available networks.

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I chose one…

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Now it wants the password to connect to the wireless network.

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Confirm the name (SSID that will be broadcast) and password and click Next.

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You can change the name here.  I left it alone.

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Confirm everything and then click on Save.  You are done and return to the Current Status page.  Now go plug a speaker into the 3.5mm jack and check your Current Status page.

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See how Audio Renderer is now lit up?  Click on it.

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The DCH-M225 is now showing up as an AirPlay and DLNA target.  I fired up a video file on my Surface Pro 3 and redirected the audio to the speaker.  First, start up the video and get playback going, then swipe in from the right to bring up Charms.  Click on Devices and then select Play and you’ll see your devices, like this:

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I selected the DCH-M225 and the audio was played by the speaker attached to the M225.  Easy as pie…and this worked with the XBOX Music app too!  Nice!  I tested with an Android device (Samsung Galaxy S3) and with an iPad 4th generation and the speaker worked just fine.

Before we get too far, though, I wanted to show you how to change the admin password on the device and how to update firmware.  Head back to our status screen.

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See the Management selection in the top right?  Click on it and choose Admin.  You’ll see this screen.

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Type in a password in the field marked Password and click on Save.  The unit will reboot and you’ll need to use your shiny new password to get in.  Note that you can also turn on CAPTCHA to augment your authentication.  I opted not to do that.

In order to upgrade firmware, go back to the Current Status page, click on Management and choose Upgrade.  You’ll see this:

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Click Check for New Firmware to automatically pull down updates from the internet or if you already have a file, click on Select File.  There was an update available for this unit, and the update was quick and painless, just how I like them!

Under Management, there is also a System tab that allows you to backup and restore settings, restore to factory and to reboot.  Here is the screen.

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Performance

Since this is an N300 extender, performance won’t be anything special so I did not run any speed tests.  Suffice to to say that it is plenty of hardware to handle light 2.4 GHz connectivity and streaming music.  I would not try to use it to stream 1080p video content, however.

Overall Evaluation

The D-Link DCH-M225 is a single stream N300 Wi-Fi range extender intended to also connect a speaker to provide an alternative AirPlay or DLNA target for audio.  This is a good choice for a simple-to-install N300 range extender/speaker connection option.  I’d prefer something in this form factor with 5 GHz connectivity, but for what it does, it does it very well.  I award a 5/5 Gold Award.  This product is available at MSRP of $49.99 and I recommend it if you are in the market for a simple range extender and want to connect a speaker for AirPlay or DLNA purposes.

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D-Link was nice enough to send on a portable router/charger for review, the DIR-510L…read on for my review!

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D-Link was nice enough to send on a portable router/charger for review, the DIR-510L.  Let’s dig in and see what we have.

Introduction/Product Overview

The DIR-510L is a combination AC750 router and a 4,000 mAh battery pack to charge your devices while on the go.  Combining a travel router and a battery pack makes a lot of sense as it can lighten up your travel bag by eliminating one device.  Here are a few pictures of the device; as you can see, it is about the same size as a cell phone.  More than one person asked me if it was an iPhone 4S!

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The idea of being able to combine two items into one small one (and a charger) makes sense for a road warrior, and when the router is the first 802.11AC portable router on the market, it makes even more sense.  This is an AC750 device:  dual-band N support at 300 Mbps on each band, plus 433 Mbps when connected on 5 GHz AC.  This is not as fast as an AC1900 device, but having the 433 Mbps 5GHz AC connectivity option sets this travel router apart from the competition.  Why a travel router?  Well, when you travel, do you connect to open of free Wi-Fi?  Do you pay a fee for every device that connects?  If so, using a travel router can help to secure your connection by slotting a firewall between your device and the public Wi-Fi, and it also makes connections easier for multiple devices.  Just connect the DIR-510L to the public Wi-Fi, and connect your devices to it.  In addition, this device can share a cellular modem’s connection with multiple devices.  And of course, having a charging battery is very handy, especially if you are using a cell phone without a removable battery.  Let’s see how the DIR-510L does in practice!

Installation

First, plug the router in.  I found that using the DIR-510L in battery mode as a router is possible, but the battery life is pretty short, and plugging it in keeps that battery for when you want to use it as a charger.  Then, set the selector switch to the On position.  (Setting the selector switch to Charger enables you to charge devices on the USB ports; the Off position turns off the device.)  Once the router is on, find and select the Wi-Fi network being broadcast by the DIR-510L.  The default is DIR-510L or DIR-510L_5GHz, depending on the band that you want to connect to.  After you connect, point your web browser to http://dlinkrouter.local or http://192.168.0.1.  I used IE11 on Windows 8/RT, IE10 on Windows 7, Safari on an iPad 4, Chrome on Android devices and IE11 on a Windows Phone.  All worked just fine.  You’ll see the following:

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So far, so good!  The default password is blank.  Click Log In.  Once you are there, click on Management then Admin and set an admin password, then click on Home.

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OK, the red X means that the DIR-510L is not connected to another router, and the yellow caution sign also tells you that your device has no internet connectivity.  Time to set up the network connection!  Click on the red X.

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Click Next.

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Here’s a listing of available wireless internet connections.  I’m going to pick ApacheAC as that gets me a 5GHz AC connection.

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I selected ApacheAC and clicked Select.

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Password time!  Open/public Wi-Fi hotspots will not require a password, but you’ll have to authenticate in a browser later on in the process.

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Success!

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I have now connected to my secured SSID and have internet access.  If you were connecting to a public hotspot, you would now have to open a browser and enter the hotel code or agree to terms of service before being truly on the internet, but that’s all there is to it.  This took me 10 minutes to document while taking screen shots.  It is very fast.

Configuration

The DIR-510L remembers the connections that you’ve made, and if there is a password, it is remembered as well.  Under Settings at the top of your screen, click on Internet Profiles to see your installed connections.

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You can delete or edit any of these from this screen, making managing your connections convenient.

If you want to manage the Wi-Fi settings on the DIR-510L, click on Settings and choose Wi-Fi.  Here are the options for managing Wi-Fi.

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You have the choice of WPA/WPA2-Personal security or None, and can select N Only, B Only, Mixed B/G, Mixed N/G or Mixed B/G/N under the 2.4 GHz band.  The 5GHz band can only be set to Mixed A/N/AC.  You can select transmission power and channel width on each band.

Since this is a router, there are settings for networking.  Click on Settings then select LAN.  I left all of these alone.

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I was a bit surprised to see a guest network SSID capability (actually two!).  Click on Settings and Select Guest Zone and you see this:

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I activated this and it worked quite well, connecting devices connected via these SSID’s to the internet while walling off connectivity to other devices routing through the DIR-510L.

The DIR-510L will also function as a DLNA server and will allow access to data connected to the USB port that is onboard.  You need a mydlink account and the mydlink SharePort app, available for iOS and Android devices.  Make sure that you choose the mydlink version of this app; the other (older) version is not compatible with this router.  To create your mydlink account, click on Settings and mydlink.  Follow the prompts to register and then enter the account information, along with your admin account and password for the router, into Settings in the mobile app.  Here is most of my screen once I set up the account:

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I tossed eight episodes of Entourage onto the thumb drive that I plugged into the high-power USB port (the one nearest the switches on the top edge of the device).  Once I opened the app and set up the account details, I navigated to Videos and saw all of the available media, and it streamed just fine to my Samsung Galaxy S3.  This worked, but is a little cumbersome.

Battery Charger

The DIL-510L has two USB ports: a 0.5A and a 1.0A.  The .5A is intended for phones, and the 1.0A is for phones and tablets.  To use this device as a charger, slide the selector button to Charger and plug in your device.  Done!  I’ve found that my S3 won’t charge well on the 0.5A port, so I use the 1.0A port to charge my phone, but having the charger built into the travel router is a real bonus.

Overall Evaluation

The D-Link DIR-510L promises a powerful AC750 travel router and a battery charger all in one.  It can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot, can be connected to a wired internet connection and can also be used in conjunction with a 3G/4G modem to share that connection with multiple devices.

The SharePort app worked, but was a little cumbersome.  However, if you wanted to share media with multiple devices, that is supported and it does work.

I also like having the battery built into the travel router.  This means that I can leave the battery pack at home, and the small size of the device fits easily in my wife’s purse.

I’ve found this device to be indispensible when travelling.  When our family travels, we have between four and seven mobile devices with us.  It used to be a chore for me to connect all of these devices to the Wi-Fi hotspot.  Now, since I’ve configured our mobile devices to work with the DIR-510L, I only connect one device to the internet.  The other devices connect to the DIR-510L.  Speeds have been quite acceptable.  I did not do formal speed testing on this device; speeds seen will be driven by the Wi-Fi hotspot that you connect to.  However, I have not seen any speed-related issues when using this device.  In addition, I now place a firewall between my devices and these public Wi-Fi hotspots; used in conjunction with the VPN server on my NAS unit, we are secured when using public Wi-Fi access points.

If you travel, connect to Wi-Fi hotspots and use a battery pack to keep mobile devices charged, the D-Link DIR-510L should be in your travel bag.  I award the CDW Gold Award with a 5/5 score.

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D-Link has announced a new N300 range extender and audio wi-fi extender product, aimed at eliminating dead spots and connecting existing speakers to wi-fi devices in the home.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has announced a new N300 range extender and audio wi-fi extender product, aimed at eliminating dead spots and connecting existing speakers to wi-fi devices in the home.  This would come in handy where you have speakers in a room with poor wi-fi coverage that you’d like to stream music to.  At $49.99, the price looks right for this kind of functionality.  Here is D-Link’s press release:

D-Link Now Shipping Wi-Fi Audio Extender for Streaming Music from a Smartphone to Any Connected Speaker

Audio Extender Also Functions as Full-Featured Wi-Fi Range Extender to Bring Wireless Coverage to Hard-to-Reach Areas

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – D-Link today announced that the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (DCH-M225) is now shipping. Designed to stream music from a smartphone or tablet directly to virtually any connected speaker or home stereo, the Wi-Fi Audio Extender is a seamless way to enjoy music throughout the house. The compact and ultra-portable extender works with any speaker with a standard 3.5mm audio jack and connects wirelessly to an existing home network, allowing users to play music in any room with a Wi-Fi connection. It can also be quickly and easily moved from room to room so there’s always music playing, no matter where the party goes.

The Wi-Fi Audio Extender doubles as a wireless range extender, eliminating Wi-Fi dead zones and broadening the range of a wireless network for everyday Internet activities like emailing, chatting, video streaming, and music streaming. Equipped with Wireless N technology, the extender delivers speeds of up to 300Mbps and makes use of a home’s environment by bouncing multiple wireless signals off walls and ceilings to work around obstructions. In addition, the Wi-Fi Audio Extender is universally compatible with all router brands and features a simple one-button installation. Users simply press the WPS button on the existing router and then on the Wi-Fi Audio Extender to sync and instantly increase the coverage of a wireless home network.

“What sets the Wi-Fi Audio Extender apart from many others on the market is that it uses Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth technology for higher quality audio and better range throughout the house. Music lovers expect clear sound quality, and this product delivers,” said Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “For added convenience, it also boosts Wi-Fi coverage in hard-to-reach areas like backyards, basements and upstairs bedrooms, ensuring a great listening experience no matter where you are in the home.”

More about the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (DCH-M225):

  • DLNA/AirPlay Support – Using an AirPlay or DLNA-enabled device, users can stream music playing on a smartphone or tablet to the Wi-Fi Audio Extender and listen to the music using a connected speaker or home stereo
  • N300 Wireless Extender – Extends range of existing Wi-Fi network with wireless speeds of up to 300Mbps to significantly outperform Wireless G technology
  • Flexible – Compatible with any wireless router brand and works with any speaker with a standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Compatible – Works with existing Wi-Fi devices (802.11ac/n/g/b)
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup – Push button setup for easy connection to a wireless network
  • Secure Wireless Encryption – Uses WPA™ or WPA2™ security

Availability and Pricing

The D-Link® Wi-Fi Audio Extender is now available for $49.99 on Amazon.com and throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/dch-m225.

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D-Link has started shipping their 11AC Dual Band Range Extender.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has started shipping their 11AC Dual Band Range Extender. Priced at $89.99, range extenders can help eliminate dead zones in your wi-fi coverage areas, and AC speeds are nice to have!  Here is the press release.

D-Link Now Shipping 11AC Dual Band Range Extender

Range Extender Works with Existing Router to Bring High-Speed

Wireless Connectivity to Wi-Fi Dead Zones with the Push of a Button

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – June 5, 2014 – D-Link today announced that the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Range Extender (DAP-1650) is now shipping. Designed to quickly and easily improve the range and signal strength of an existing home network, the Wireless Range Extender is the perfect solution for bringing fast and reliable Wi-Fi coverage to hard-to-reach areas like upstairs bedrooms, basements and backyards.

Utilizing the latest 11AC Wi-Fi technology, this cylinder-shaped extender delivers ultra-fast wireless speeds perfect for high-bandwidth activities like HD video streaming and online gaming. To eliminate Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, the Wireless AC1200 Range Extender also features dual-band technology, enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference-free 5GHz band. Additionally, for fast wired connectivity, the Range Extender is equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports providing wired speeds of up to 1000Gbps.

“In addition to 11AC Wi-Fi speeds, what sets the Wireless Range Extender apart from others on the market is its ability to also function as an access point or a media bridge, depending on user needs,” said Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “As an access point, the DAP-1650 connects directly to an existing router to improve its wireless speed and range. In media bridge mode, the DAP-1650 can connect up to four wired devices to a wireless network, making it the perfect solution for those looking to connect an entertainment center or home office. We know no one’s home setup is the same, so we’re proud to offer a product that is flexible enough to accommodate a range of connectivity needs.”

Like all of D-Link’s range extenders, the Wireless AC1200 Range Extender is designed to be simple to set up. Featuring a simple one-button installation, users need only press the WPS button on the existing router and then on the extender to sync and instantly increase the coverage of a wireless home network. Users whose routers do not have a WPS button can use a web browser or D-Link’s free QRS Mobile app for simple setup.

More about the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender (DAP-1650):

  • 11AC Wi-Fi Dual Band Connectivity – Up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band and 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for maximum throughput with less Wi-Fi interference
  • Gigabit Ethernet Ports – Four 10/100/1000Gbps Ethernet ports provide high-speed wired connectivity
  • Multimode Functionality – Works as a range extender, media bridge or access point
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup – Push button for easy connection to a wireless network
  • Flexibility – Compatible with any wireless router brand
  • Backward Compatible – Works with existing Wi-Fi devices (802.11n/g/b)
  • Secure Wireless Encryption – Uses WPA™ or WPA2™ security

Availability and Pricing

The D-Link® Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Range Extender (DAP-1650) is now available for $89.99 throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/dap-1650.

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D-Link is now shipping their new AC750 range extender.  Read on for details!

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D-Link is now shipping their new AC750 range extender.  This product is aimed at providing coverage to hard-to-reach dead zones in your home.  Here is the press release:

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D-Link Now Shipping 11AC Range Extender for Bringing Wi-Fi Coverage to Dead Zones with the Push of a Button

Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender Works with Existing Router to Extend Wi-Fi to Those Hard to Reach Places

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – March 25, 2014 – D-Link today announced that the new Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1520) is now shipping. Designed to easily eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones, this latest addition to the D-Link® family of networking solutions is ideal for bringing wireless coverage to hard-to-reach areas in the home like basements, upstairs bedrooms and outdoor areas. The compact Range Extender provides wireless speeds of up to 750Mbps, perfect for seamless web browsing and high bandwidth Internet activities like HD video streaming and online gaming.

“As the number of mobile devices in a household increases and we spend more time online, more and more consumers are looking to extend their Wi-Fi coverage and solve the problem of the dreaded dead zone in the home,” said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “Our new Wi-Fi Range Extender not only works with virtually any wireless router brand to extend an existing 802.11g, 11n or 11ac network, it does so with the push of a button and can be configured using a mobile device, without the need for a PC. One can simply plug the extender into a wall socket within range of a current wireless signal, and instantly expand the wireless network to the furthest corners of the home.”

Utilizing Wireless AC technology, which offers speeds up to three times faster than Wireless N, the new Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1520) enables users to take advantage of the latest in wireless technology while still remaining backward compatible with Wireless 802.11n, g and b networks. This range extender can also be used to add dual band wireless capabilities to a single band router, helping to reduce Wi-Fi interference from nearby wireless transmitters in the home for maximum throughput. In addition, the Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender features a simple one-button installation so users need only press the WPS button on the existing router and then on the extender to sync and instantly increase the coverage of a wireless home network. Users whose routers do not have a WPS button can use a web browser or D-Link’s free QRS Mobile app for simple setup.

More about the Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

The Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender delivers a range of performance features, including:

  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) push button for easy connection to a wireless network
  • Compatibility with virtually any wireless router brand
  • Wi-Fi AC750 technology for high-speed wireless connectivity to devices
  • Dual band connectivity for greater flexibility and reduced interference
  • Backward compatible with existing Wi-Fi devices (802.11n/g/b)
  • Support for secure wireless encryption using WPA™ or WPA2™ security

Availability and Pricing

The D-Link Dual Band Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1520) is now available on throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets for $69.99 EDLP. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/DAP-1520.

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MSRP is $69.99, not unreasonable for adding coverage to your AC router installation.  Check it out if you are in the market for a range extender.

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D-Link shared a fun infographic on travel trends…read on for details!

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D-Link shared a fun infographic on travel trends.  Being a recovering road warrior myself (I used to travel about 200+ nights per year, international as well as US, all for work), I enjoyed this one and thought that you might too!  Here is D-Link’s take on how travel has changed in the last 50 years or so.

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D-Link has announced that they are now shipping their DIR-510L portable AC router and charger.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has announced that they are now shipping their DIR-510L portable AC router and charger.  This product is aimed at road warriors looking to secure and share wi-fi hotspot access, as well as charge mobile devices, while on the move.  Here is the press release:

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D-Link Now Shipping World’s First Portable 11AC Router and Charger

802.11ac Wi-Fi Router Allows Travelers to Create an Instant Hotspot and Stream Media to a Range of Devices Anywhere, Anytime

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California. – March 3, 2014 – D-Link today announced that it is now shipping the world’s first portable 11AC router, the Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L). This latest addition to the D-Link® family of connectivity solutions allows mobile users to quickly and easily create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing internet connection, whether that be 3G/4G, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, while on-the-go. For added convenience, the Portable Wi-Fi Router also features a high-capacity 4,000mAh rechargeable battery that can charge mobile devices. Additionally, with the free mydlink SharePort® mobile app, users can upload, download and stream multimedia and documents to a storage drive attached to one of the Portable Router’s two USB ports from anywhere in the world.

Incorporating the latest Wireless AC750 technology, the Wi-Fi Portable Router and Charger offers users fast speeds and a range of advanced features, ensuring superior range and data transfer to and from connected devices. Leveraging dual band technology to bypass radio congestion and interference, the DIR-510L can deliver a total of 750Mbps using the combined throughput of its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. In addition, each band can operate as a separate Wi-Fi network, providing the ability to customize a network according to connectivity needs and even configure a guest zone to provide Internet access to visitors without providing access to the rest of the network. The DIR-510L provides instant sharing of any Internet connection with the added security of a firewall while connected to shared public connections.

“The demand for ubiquitous Wi-Fi in today’s increasingly connected world makes the Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router an essential addition to any traveler’s kit,” said Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “Leveraging the latest 11AC Wi-Fi technology, which boasts speeds up to three times faster than Wireless N, the DIR-510L ensures high-performance range and data transfer speeds for the ultimate in on-the-go connectivity.”

More About the DIR-510L

The DIR-510L delivers several advanced product features for mobile users to easily connect, share and charge on-the-go, including:

  • High-Capacity Battery – Built-in 4000mAh rechargeable battery keeps gadgets charged and ready for use, including tablets
  • Two USB Ports – Allows for simultaneous file sharing and 3G/4G/LTE modem connectivity; plug in a 3G/4G/LTE USB modem to share an Internet connection or use a USB flash drive to stream content to various mobile devices
  • mydlink SharePort – Allows users to stream content from a connected USB drive to multiple mobile devices using the free mobile app
  • Easy Setup – Automatically detects connection type – broadband router, mobile router, hotspot – for optimal speed and savings; user-friendly interface stores connection details to help keep all devices connect automatically
  • Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Built-in DLNA Server – Streams multimedia smoothly and securely across devices and appliances, including smart TVs, gaming consoles and media PCs1

Availability and Pricing

The Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L) is now available on Amazon.com, Frys.com, and throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets for $99.99 EDLP. Detailed specifications are available online at www.dlink.com/DIR-510L.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).

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NETGEAR announced a similar product at CES this year, but it uses 802.11N wireless while this D-Link is using 802.11AC and so should perform better.  At $99.99, this seems like a good buy; check it out today!

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D-Link has announced the addition of private cloud storage with their mydlink SharePort app, which paired up with a hard drive/storage device and one of their USB-equipped AC routers, allows you remote access to your data across the internet.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has announced the addition of private cloud storage with their mydlink SharePort app, which paired up with a hard drive/storage device and one of their USB-equipped AC routers, allows you remote access to your data across the internet.  Here is the press release:

D-Link Gives Customers Ability to Turn Existing USB Drives into Free and Private Cloud Storage 

D-Link® 11AC Wi-Fi Routers Equipped with USB Port Combined with mydlink SharePort® App for Private Cloud Storage without Added Monthly Fees

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2013 – With an estimated 10 billion wireless devices currently in use1, consumers depend on cloud services for streaming media or sharing files on a smartphone or tablet. D-Link now offers an alternative solution for private cloud storage with its latest mydlink SharePort® app, turning any USB storage device connected to a compatible D-Link 11AC Wireless Router into a private cloud, accessible anywhere in the world on an iPhone®, iPad®, or Android device via the free app.

“Combined with D-Link’s award-winning 11AC routers with next-generation Wi-Fi speeds, the mydlink SharePort app offers an easy way to view and share content, creating a private and personal cloud that instantly adds storage to your mobile device, giving you more options to control what information you put on your personal cloud versus public cloud,” said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “Stream your favorite music, play a photo slideshow, or even view documents offline while you’re traveling. And, all files are kept on your own USB hardware, safe at home, limiting access to your content – it’s your data, your hardware and your very own private cloud.”

The free mydlink SharePort app works with D-Link’s 11AC Wireless Routers, offering next-generation wireless speeds for uninterrupted HD video streaming and high-bandwidth activities. Using D-Link’s industry-exclusive USB SharePort technology and the mydlink SharePort app, users can access and stream videos, music, photos, and more from a connected USB drive directly to their iPad, iPhone or Android device anywhere. Simply plug a USB storage drive into a mydlink SharePort-enabled D-Link router, including the Wireless AC1750 Router (DIR-868L), Wireless AC1200 Router (DIR-860L), Wireless AC1200 Router (DIR-850L), and Wireless AC1000 Router (DIR-820L), and easily access content saved on the drive on a mobile device anywhere there is an Internet connection. In addition, the app’s user-friendly interface allows users to easily find files by category, including music, videos, photos, and documents.

The mydlink SharePort app can be used at home to stream and access content from a connected USB drive to your mobile device without the need for a computer or additional device. The same app can be used remotely anywhere with an Internet connection to provide seamless access to your content using the free mydlink service. In order to use mydlink SharePort Remote Access, a D-Link 11AC Wireless Router must be registered with the mydlink service. Once the router is registered, the free mydlink SharePort  app can be downloaded on a smartphone or tablet for remote access to media and other files on connected USB storage. Movies, music, and photos can all be streamed directly or copied for later, which is great for long trips away from Internet access.

Availability

The free mydlink SharePort app is now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. Detailed specifications and information about the mydlink SharePort app and D-Link’s complete 11AC Wireless Router line are available online at www.dlink.com/yourcloud.

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Does this look interesting to you?  As routers are packing more processing power and flash memory, as well as USB ports, it seems a natural extension of the product capabilities to start to deliver on remote access to data.  As long as you don’t need a 10TB solution, this may work just fine.

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D-Link has announced four new cloud IP cameras.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has announced four new cloud IP cameras, including one indoor/outdoor camera.  Here is the press release:

D-Link Now Shipping Four New Cloud Cameras Taking IP Surveillance to New Levels

Expanded mydlink-enabled Camera Line-Up Offers Professional-Level Features at Affordable Pricing for Small Business and Consumer Markets 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – June 3, 2013 – Taking home and small business surveillance to new levels, D-Link today expanded its line of mydlink-enabled Cloud Cameras with the introduction of the Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-5020L); the Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-2332L); the Day/Night Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L); and the Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L). Each designed for around-the-clock surveillance and monitoring, these affordable Cloud Cameras offer expanded capabilities, including easy monitoring of large areas with new Wi-Fi extender features, 720p HD video clarity ensuring rich detail and crisp image quality, and weatherproof casing for enhanced outdoor surveillance.

“The new line of Cloud Cameras give consumers and small business owners a combination of pro-level features and performance at a fraction of the cost of professionally installed security systems,” said Ken Loyd, director consumer product marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “Each of the new models add enhanced monitoring features and remote control capabilities that make it easier than ever to integrate a complete surveillance solution at home or the office.”

The cameras are designed with new enhancements to meet a range of indoor and outdoor surveillance needs:

  • The Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera(DCS-5020L) incorporates D-Link’s industry leading sound detection and Wi-Fi extender features for enhanced surveillance alerting and easier placement of additional cameras by extending the wireless network to those hard to reach locations. The camera is also equipped with ultra-smooth pan, tilt and a wide 66o horizontal field of view to quickly scan a wide area from a variety of angles and offers 4x digital zoom for monitoring in more detail. Integrated motion-sensing and night-vision technology for viewing up to 26 feet in pitch dark environments provides serious around-the-clock surveillance.  The camera also delivers video at 30 frames per second (fps) for cleaner and smoother video feed and both H.264 and MJPEG compressions technology.
  • The Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera(DCS-2332L) is designed with IP-65 certified weatherproof casing and a versatile operating temperature system (ranging from -13F to 113F) to withstand all-season outdoor use. It features a wide range of high-demand features including 720p HD resolution for crisp and clear video, a passive infrared (PIR) sensor for enhanced motion detection to trigger recording and email alerts, 10x digital zoom for increased viewing options, premium night vision up to 26 feet, and a microSD/SDHC slot for local recording and playback.
  • To cater to a range of indoor monitoring needs, the Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L) and Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L) are equipped with a Wi-Fi extender for easier placement of additional cameras for those hard to reach locations.  They both come fully-equipped with H.264 enhanced video compression that allows users to record up to 5x more footage to the built-in microSD card slot, when compared to MJPEG. The Cloud Camera 1150 also offers expanded night vision features to view up to 16 feet in pitch black darkness. Both cameras offer end users enhanced surveillance with D-Link’s industry leading detection features providing both motion and audio alert notifications.

mydlink-Enabled Cloud Cameras

D-Link Cloud Cameras offer simple installation and integration into an existing network with the mydlink portal to view streaming video from a PC, notebook, iPhone®, iPad®, or Android device, as well as enhanced remote capabilities via the mydlink+ and mydlink Lite app (free). Both apps enable seamless access to camera feeds from anywhere and a host of newly added features for expanded remote control including pinch-to-zoom viewing, drag-and-drop reordering of devices, two-way audio, remote pan and tilt, video play back from cameras featuring a microSD/SDHC slot, and the ability to configure recording1 schedules and override options.2

Additional Camera Features

The cameras feature a built-in CPU and web server for high-quality live streaming video sent directly to the network as well as a built-in microphone and speaker (select models) for easy two-way communication. Shared capabilities include:

  • 802.11n Wi-Fi & Ethernet connectivity
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup(WPS) for simple three step installation
  • Configurable audio/motion detection alerting
  • H.264 video compression technology to optimize network bandwidth and video storage
  • Infrared illumination technology for night viewing up to 16 or 26 feet away in complete darkness3
  • D-Link Zero Configuration to seamlessly configure and intelligently sync a D-Link Cloud Camera to a D-Link Cloud Router with an existing mydlink account via the push of a button
  • D-ViewCamcamera management software (Windows PC)  for advanced motion detection scheduling and alerting for up to 32 cameras

Availability and Pricing

D-Link’s Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-5020L), Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-2332L), Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L) and Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L) are now available throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in the United States. Detailed specifications are available online and retail pricing is as follows:

  • Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-5020L) – $119.99
  • Outdoor HD Wireless Day/Night Network Camera (DCS-2332L) – $269.99
  • Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L) – $99.99
  • Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L) – $69.99

Check out these product pictures:

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These look like four nice IP cameras!   Check them out if you are in the market.

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D-Link has updated their mydlink™ apps for their cloud camera line.  Read on for details!

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D-Link has updated their mydlink™ apps for their cloud camera line.  They have added pinch-to-zoom capability, control over the motion detection settings, playback from on-camera SD cards, and other nice upgrades, and will be available both on the free and $0.99 version of the app.  Here is the press release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – May 21, 2013 – Continuing its leadership and innovation in the consumer IP surveillance marketplace, D-Link today announced several enhancements available now to its mydlink portal and mydlink Cloud Camera apps, making it even easier to remotely monitor a home or small office via virtually any computer, iPhone® or iPad® running iOS 4.3 or later or Androiddevice running 1.6 Android or later. Offering advanced new features to its award-winning line of mydlink-enabled Cloud Cameras, D-Link now offers easier configuration on its mydlink portal and enhanced remote capabilities via the mydlink+ and free mydlink Lite app.

“We’re excited to add several new features to our mydlink apps in order to make it even easier for moms, dads, home owners and small businesses to use D-Link® Cloud Cameras for round-the-clock surveillance,” said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “The new capabilities cater directly to mobile users and extend the control of Cloud Cameras while on the go. Whether you’re looking to keep an eye on your property, your business after hours, the kids while you’re away, or even the family dog, the new features make it easier than ever.”

D-Link Cloud cameras now offer more control of what matters most via the mydlink portal and a range of mobile devices; highlights include:

  • Easy Portal Configuration: The mydlink portal now enables users to update motion and audio detection1 settings, including recording schedules and setting noise thresholds, directly on the mydlink portal without having to go through advanced settings.
  • Remote Video Playback: Users can play back video stored on the SD card housed in the camera (for select cameras) to multiple mobile devices, as well as configure recording2 schedules and override options in the event the SD card is full.
  • Two-Way Audio: Users can now speak and hear through a mobile device to select D-Link Cloud Cameras that support two-way audio, including the Cloud Camera 1200 (DCS-942L) and Cloud Camera 2200 (DCS-2132L).
  • Remote Pan and Tilt: For added remote flexibility, users of the Cloud Camera 5000 (DCS-5222L) can also pan and tilt live camera video from a mobile device.
  • Device Rename: Easily rename the mydlink-enabled device from the mobile app or portal – a useful feature if you relocated the device to a new or temporary location and want to easily identify the device.
  • Re-order Device Listing: Simple drag and drop interface allows users with multiple mydlink-enabled devices to show devices in the order of their preference.

Availability and Pricing

D-Link continues to offer customers the most features and value with the broadest line of cameras and features and requires no monthly fee or subscriptions.  The enhancements to the mydlink portal and mydlink Lite (free) app are now available and will be available on the mydlink+ app ($0.99) in late June which also offers expanded tablet support and a multi- camera monitoring dashboard.  Both apps are available at the Apple App Store and the Android Marketplace.  Detailed specifications and information about mydlink and D-Link’s complete Cloud Camera line are available online at www.dlink.com.

These apps are being released on both Android and iOS, and here are QC codes to use to find them.  First, the mydlink Lite (free) app:

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And now the same app for iOS:

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Check out these product pictures:

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If you are using a D-Link IP camera, go ahead and update your mobile apps and enjoy the new features!

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D-Link announced today that they are now shipping a full line of AC routers with a product offering at every major value point.  Read on for details.

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D-Link announced today that they are now shipping a full line of AC routers with a product offering at every major value point.  Pricing starts at $80 for an entry-level AC router and climbs all the way to $170 for the top-of-the-line model.  Here is the press release; all of these routers are available in retail right now:

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D-Link Now Shipping New Lineup of 11AC Routers Catering to a Range of Customer Needs with Unmatched Speeds and Features

D-Link’s Four New Routers Offer a Full Range of 802.11AC Speeds Ideal for HD Video Streaming and Mobile Device Connectivity

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – May 14, 2013 – D-Link today announced it is now shipping a new line of AC Routers with the availability of the Wireless AC1750 Router (DIR-868L), Wireless AC1200 Router (DIR-860L), Wireless AC1000 Router (DIR-820L) and Wireless AC750 Router (DIR-810L). Offering next-generation Wi-Fi speeds, D-Link’s latest 802.11ac Routers deliver a range of wireless speeds and price points for creating a reliable and strong Wi-Fi home network ideal for HD video streaming, online gaming, and multiple user activities.

“Today’s average home now has more than 15 devices, oftentimes with multiple iPads, iPhones, as well as Android phones and tablets, and consumers are looking for the best in wireless connectivity to help deliver uninterrupted HD video streaming, online gaming and multiple user capabilities,” said Daniel Kelley, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems, Inc. “With the introduction of the new 11AC Router line, D-Link provides next-generation wireless speeds to meet the needs of the digital home coupled with advanced remote management and sharing capabilities to better suit mobile lifestyles.”

The Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router and Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router deliver speeds of up to 1750Mbps (N450Mbps+AC1300Mbps) and 1200Mbps (N300 + AC867Mbps) respectively. In addition, the Wireless AC1000 Dual Band Cloud Router offers speeds of up to 1000Mbps (N300Mbps + AC650Mbps) and the Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router offers speeds of up to 750Mbps (N300Mbps + AC433Mbps). Eliminating Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet, D-Link’s family of AC routers are equipped with Dual Band technology enabling users to perform simple Internet activities on the 2.4GHz band, and more demanding activities on the cleaner, interference free 5GHZ band. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.

Offering easy remote network management, the Cloud Routers enable users to see what websites are being visited, block unwanted connections, and set up automatic email alerts when unauthorized connections are made on any iPhone®, iPad® or Android device with the free mydlink Lite app. In addition, the routers feature a USB port that works with the free SharePortmobile app, enabling users to stream and share photos, music and movie files directly to their mobile device1. The AC routers also support easy setup using a mobile phone or tablet with the free Quick Router Setup (QRS) app.

For fast wired connectivity, the Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router and AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router are equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and the Wireless AC1000 Dual Band Cloud Router and AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router are equipped with four Fast Ethernet ports.

Availability and Pricing

The new line of AC routers will be available throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in the United States. Detailed specifications and information are available online at www.dlink.com with street pricing as follows:

  • Wireless AC 1750 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-868L) – $169.99
  • Wireless AC 1200 Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-860L) – $149.99
  • Wireless AC1000 Dual Band Cloud Router (DIR-820L) – $119.99
  • Wireless AC750 Dual Band Cloud Router (DIR-810L ) – $79.99

With D-Link now joining the AC routing party, there are now plenty of decent offerings from several vendors.  Stay tuned for the conclusion of my Linksys AC1750 router review and some more good stuff on AC routing…

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D-Link has announced that their AC1200 router is now shipping.  Read on for details. DIR850L1664x936FRONTCLO D-Link has announced that their AC1200 router is now shipping.  This dual band AC router is capable of speeds up to 300 and 867Mbps, and of course is backward compatible with G and N devices.  Here is the press release:

D-Link’s Latest Cloud Router Offers Next-Generation Wireless Speeds and Cloud Services Ideal for HD Video Streaming, Online Gaming and File Sharing D-Link Systems, Inc. Fountain Valley, Calif. – March 28, 2013 Who:   D-Link, the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. What:  D-Link today expanded its line of award-winning Cloud Routers with the availability of the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-850L), offering next-generation wireless speeds for seamless HD video streaming, online gaming and file sharing.

  • The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router delivers concurrent wireless dual band speeds of up to 300 and 867Mbps, eliminating Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet. The router is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.
  • The AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router offers easy remote network management with the free mydlink Lite app from an iPhone®, iPad® or Android device as well as a USB port that works with the free SharePortmobile app, enabling users to easily share and enjoy photos, music and movie files from a range of devices. And with the QRS Mobile app, users can quickly and easily setup their router right from their mobile phone.
  • For fast wired connectivity, the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router also features four Gigabit ports enabling users to connect their Ethernet supported devices, including gaming consoles, laptops or desktop computers.

When/Where:  The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-850L) is now available at Newegg.com  for $129.99. Why:  D-Link is committed to delivering the latest features and performance available for the home network. The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router delivers fast and reliable wireless speeds for uninterrupted multiple user and high-bandwidth activities along with remote management capabilities for the ultimate in network performance. About D-Link D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).

This is not the speediest AC router out there, but priced at $130, it looks to represent a nice value for your router dollar.  If you are in the market for an AC router, this might be an interesting option.

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