updated 05:35 pm EDT, Thu August 12, 2004
Wireless Pocket Router/AP
D-Link today announced the , a portable wireless 802.11b/g networking solution for business travelers wanting to access and share hotel Internet connections, wirelessly connect Ethernet devices or secure shared information from potential hackers. The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP is smaller than the average PDA, measures 3.25" x 2.5" x.75" and ships with a convenient carrying case; it can also be powered over USB if power outlets are not available and offers access to three wireless modes via switch on the device: Router/Firewall, Access Point and Wireless Client modes. It will ship in mid-September for $100.
The integrated Router mode features a robust firewall suite, an internal DHCP server that automatically assigns IP addresses to multiple connected devices, supports VPN Pass-through and includes a set of robust firewall features, including Network Address Translation (NAT) and MAC filtering. While in Access Point mode, the Wireless Pocket Router/AP can connect multiple wireless devices to a single Internet connection. The Wireless Pocket Router/AP can make any Ethernet-equipped device wireless without installing software or configuring network settings, it can draw power from either a wall receptacle or from the included Power-Over-USB adapter.
The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP supports WPA-PSK, as well as 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption. In Access Point mode, the D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP adds support for 802.1x user authentication with an external RADIUS server, making it transferable from multiple office environments.