updated 04:55 pm EDT, Thu October 2, 2008
D-Link SharePort tech
D-Link on Wednesday introduced its Xtreme N Dual Band Gigabit DIR-825 router which, for the first time, allows its USB port to turn into a virtual-network USB that will support external hard drives and other USB devices. Made possible by D-Link's SharePort technology, the new feature lets users connect network attached storage devices and printers to their wireless networks. D-Link's older USB Wireless-N routers can be updated with the same functionality thanks to a firmware update that will include the SharePort feature.
The firmware update will launch this week and is compatible with D-Link's DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-855 and DGL-4500 routers. Along with SharePort, it will also endow the mentioned devices with the DIR-825's HDFuel technology and energy conserving software. HDFuel optimizes the wireless bandwidth for HD content.
As its name implies, the DIR-825 also features it has gigabit Ethernet and dual-band wireless support, enabling it to send out Wireless-N signals in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies.
D-Link is now offering the DIR-825 on its online store, pricing it at nearly $200. [via Crave]