D-Link opens up router USB port with SharePort tech

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]




TOTAL_COMMENTS Comments
  1. bjojade 10/02, 07:34pm

    So what happened to the Airport extreme being overpriced? Sounds like it's cheaper than this guy.

  1. johnnypark 10/02, 08:31pm

    Too bad the SharePort utility is an .exe file! Come on, D-Link! We need OSX support!

  1. ebow 10/03, 01:15pm

    If you go into the D-Link site's support section and find the downloads for your router, you'll find a zip file containing the firmware in a binary file.

    I hope they extend this improved USB port functionality to the DIR-615, but I'm not holding my breath.

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