Quartet of D-Link dual-band routers available now worldwide
D-Link today announced its new line of AC routers -- the Wireless AC1750 Router (DIR-868L), Wireless AC1200 Router (DIR-860L), Wireless AC1000 Router (DIR-820L) and Wireless AC750 Router (DIR-810L) -- are now available. D-Link’s family of AC routers are equipped with Dual Band technology enabling users to perform simple networking activities on the 2.4GHz band, and offload more demanding activities to the cleaner, more robust 5GHZ band. The routers are also backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for enhanced connectivity. Prices range from $80 to $170, depending on model.
SharePort Mobile app allows attached drives to share stored files to cloud
D-Link has put the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router on sale in the United States. Last shown at CES in January, the AC1200 offers dual-band speeds on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of up to 300Mbps and 867Mbps for 802.11a, b, g, n, and ac devices, and can be remotely managed from a mobile device using an accompanying app.
Integrated Wi-Fi repeaters extend range of camera coverage
D-Link has updated its Cloud Camera range with two new wireless network imaging devices. The Cloud Camera 1050 and Cloud Camera 1150 add a number of new features to the wireless surveillance system, including a three-step Wi-Fi Protected Setup scheme, and audio-detection with image alerts based on sounds heard by the cameras.
Gaming router first to use StreamBoost QoS engine
D-Link has unveiled a number of routers at CES, targeted at travelling users and gamers. The SharePort Go II portable router creates a Wi-Fi hotspot from any Ethernet connection, while the AC 1300 Gaming router, AC1750, and AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud routers are more stationary pieces of networking equipment.
All boast better speeds, longer ranges than replaced models
D-Link today enhanced its line of cloud-enabled products with the availability of the Cloud Router 2500 (DIR-836L), Cloud Router 1100 (DIR-626L) and SharePort Mobile Companion (DIR-505L), all of which boast increased wireless speeds, extended coverage and enhanced feature sets for the home and users on-the-go.
AC1200 capable of 300-megabit connection over Wi-Fi
D-Link has started shipping its latest Dual Band USB Wi-Fi adapter. The AC1200 allows for computers to connect wirelessly at 802.11ac and earlier Wi-Fi standards, with its dual band connection capable of speeds up to 300 megabits per second. The high throughput connection is due in part to the adapter sending multiple simultaneous streams to a compatible router, such as the Cloud Router 5700.
Battery-powered access point remotely configurable
D-Link is adding another Wi-Fi sharing product to its mobility range. The SharePort Go portable hotspot uses Wi-Fi to quickly turn any Internet connection into a hotspot, It can allow any USB drives connected to also be accessed, effectively turning flash drives into temporary network-attached storage.
Usable as web server, secure FTP, network video recorder
D-Link has added another network-attached storage device designed for home use to its networking catalog. The ShareCenter Cloud Storage 4000 can hold up to 16 terabytes of data over four 3.5-inch SATA drives, and can also take advantage of dedicated mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry to allow remote access to files through a personal Cloud portal.
D-Link ships router capable of 1,750Mbps costs $190
D-Link has began shipping its first router equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, or what the maker calls 5G. The Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L) is said to be capable of reaching speeds of up to 1,750Mbps speeds when operating in this dual mode, which is made up of 1,300Mbps wireless-AC and 450Mbps wireless-N speeds. It also ships with the Cloud App, which lets owners monitor and control the home network remotely.
Cloud Routers offer remote control via apps for iOS, Android
D-Link have brought out two cylindrical routers, a fair change from the usual low-profile cuboid designs on the market. The Cloud Router 1200 and 2000 are tube-shaped 802.11 g/n (no "b" support) Wi-Fi routers that take advantage of an included feature called "mydlink Cloud Services," where mobile devices can monitor network connections live, receive e-mail alerts in the event of intrusion, and adjust network settings.
Router-in-plug turns USB storage into temporary NAS
D-Link is shipping its SharePort All-in-One travel router. The self-contained unit plugs into a wall socket without any additional wiring, and allows for USB charging and shared disk access along with temporary Wi-Fi network creation while travelling, similar in both shape and function to Apple's previous version of the Airport Express. Additional free apps allow for using it as a mobile-based media server.
D-Link adds MovieNite media hub
D-Link threw itself into low-cost media hubs Tuesday with the MovieNite. Borrowing from the design cues of the Apple TV and Roku 2, the device at $60 is one of the least expensive capable of 1080p video. Its primary sources are Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube for video as well as Pandora for streaming music and Picasa for photos.
World IPv6 Day to launch standard is June 6
The IPv6 Internet addressing standard will get a more formal launch by its backers on June 6, which is being devoted World IPv6 Day. Seven global ISPs will back the new standard then, including AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner. Also onboard are heavily trafficked websites, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft's Bing, as well as hardware makers Cisco and D-Link.
Boxee 1.5 marks shift from desktop to devices
Boxee marked a swansong for its desktop app with the launch of 1.5. The app has a newly refreshed interface with quicker access to the browser and the menu appearing as an overlay with quicker search. Movie and TV sections have been given their own updates, such as easier navigation by genres and sources, more details, and a better way to check for unwatched video episodes.
Router prioritizes streaming, VoIP, and surfing
D-Link has expanded its Amplifi family of high-performance home networking options. The company has added the dual band HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827) that prioritizes traffic and simultaneously enables streaming HD videos and surfing the web. The PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit (DHP-541) delivers a higher than usual amount of bandwidth through existing home electricity.
ViewSonic gives up on Boxee smart TV, for now
ViewSonic will no longer bring its planned smart TV running on Boxee's media center software, at least in the near term, the company told GigaOM. High costs and a lack of interest in the market were cited as the key factors. ViewSonic elaborated, stating consumers spent less on Smart TVs along with the slow-down in the economy.
Boxee Remote ships for Macs and Windows
D-Link touched on a frequent request of home theater PC owners Wednesday by formally releasing the Boxee Remote for PC & Mac. The controller is an exact match for the one included with the Boxee Box but comes with an RF wireless USB adapter that avoids the need for a line of sight. It's tailored to let users stay entirely in the Boxee software front end and has a keyboard on the flip side for text.
Lineup includes routers, booster, adapter
D-Link has expanded its range of home networking products with a new lineup, labeled the Amplifi series. The products include the HD Media Router 1000, the Whole Home Router 1000, the Wi-Fi Booster, and several PowerLine 500 products designed for communication via existing electrical wiring. The media router is claimed to automatically manage broadband connections, giving the highest priority to entertainment content such as streaming video or online video games.
Boxee desktop getting big fall update
Boxee swung its focus back to the desktop on Monday with a promise of a major update for the Mac, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows versions of its media front-end app. The new version will bring the reworked browser and content options that have been present on the Boxee Box in recent months. The code would also be more closely in step with the dedicated box in the future.
Bridge focuses on improving streaming experience
D-Link today announced the DAP-1513 Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge. Supporting both 2.4 GHz and 5GHz, the DAP-1513 can use whichever band is the most free of interference to keep media streaming smooth. The bridge also connects up to four network-ready 100Mbps Ethernet devices.
Boxee Box details v1.1 update due this week
Boxee has just outlined the latest software update for its Boxee Box. Version 1.1 supersedes the current 1.0.4 release and will be released over the next few days. Users can also manually update their devices.
D-Link Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router arrives
D-Link in the morning brought out a wireless router with a relatively low-cost way to get both faster Wi-Fi and wired speeds. The Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router has a MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) antenna array that can hit up to 300Mbps over 802.11n Wi-Fi as well as gigabit Ethernet jacks both for the incoming Internet traffic and four wired users. Unusually, no mention has been made of whether it supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, but it does have quality of service prioritization.
D-Link ships two new ShareCenter NAS drives
D-Link this week shipped two new two-bay network-attached storage (NAS) products in the form of the DNS-320 and DNS-325. They replace the DNS-321 and DNS-323 and sport two 3.5-inch bays with SATA connections. Users can remotely access files stored on these devices thanks to an integrated, web-based file server app and an FTP server.
Boxee Box May update to add iPad hooks
Boxee on Wednesday afternoon detailed the promised update coming in May for the Boxee Box. The upgrade will bring support for the hinted at Boxee for iPad app to stream the media hub's content to an Apple tablet. The browser should also be faster for loading and scrolling as well as bring favorites and a history.
D-Link ships two compact USB Wi-Fi adapters
D-Link has began shipping two new USB wireless N adapters on Wednesday in the the Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter DWA-121 and the Wireless N Nano USB Adapter DWA-131. Meant to sit semi-permanently in a notebook's USB port, the tiny adapters have higher speeds than the previous 802.11g adapters from before. The DWA-121 is the frugal version and offers speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Boxee Box update gives awaited Netflix streaming
Boxee on Monday announced that the Boxee Box by D-Link has now received support for accessing streaming content from Netflix. The absence of this feature was one of our gripes when we reviewed it, and was also requested by Boxee users. The support comes by way of a new software update, version 220.127.116.1143, and will let both US and Canadian Boxee Box owners to watch Netflix content.
Wi-LAN makes deals, expects more before suit
Wi-LAN this evening said the delay in its Wi-Fi lawsuit had borne fruit as it had made some settlement deals and expected more before the February 2 trial. It struck deals with 2Wire, Belkin, Lenovo, Marvell, Netgear and Westell over the past few weeks. It also anticipated that Apple, Dell, D-Link, HP, Sony and Toshiba would cave before Wednesday.
Boxee pushes Vudu update
Slightly later than planned, Boxee on Wednesday rolled out Vudu access on the Boxee Box. The firmware upgrade gives the media hub its first access to top-tier, commercial movies in the US, with many purchases and rentals coming the same day as they do on DVD. The Boxee's Atom chip is fast enough to decode Vudu's signature HDX format at its full 1080p and 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Plus surround.
We review the Boxee Box media hub
Digital media hubs have almost invariably fallen into two camps: the polished, commercial but limited universe of a device like the Apple TV or else the free-wheeling and flexible, but often bootleg-focused, hubs such as the Popcorn Hour. Boxee in its big push into the living room is aiming for both: it wants to give access to legitimate content while still having the leeway to play every format someone might encounter. But how well does it bridge that gap? We'll discover that in our Boxee Box review.
Iomega outs TV with Boxee, SuperHero iPhone Dock
Iomega today brought out a pair of media devices stepping outside of its usual space. The Iomega TV with Boxee is the first dedicated Boxee device outside of D-Link's Boxee Box and tries to improve on the formula with permanent storage options: versions with 1TB and 2TB of storage are available to hold a personal collection. The hub can accordingly serve as a DLNA media server, not just a receiver.
Boxee details delayed Vudu and Netflix additions
Boxee just before New Year's apologized for the delayed additions of Netflix and Vudu to its Mac and Windows desktop apps and the Boxee Box while giving new timetables. The Vudu update will be the first and should arrive next week to provide per-title movie purchases and rentals. Netflix is now due to reach Boxee before the end of January.
Expects to ship 100,000 units in 2011
D-Link has achieved better than expected sales of its IPTV Boxee Box set-top-box (STB), according to a report. Since its November launch event, D-Link claims that its sales performance in the US and Europe have frequently exceeded stock volumes. In the US the device is sold through Amazon and is also expected to reach Best Buy soon increasing its retail footprint significantly.
Major Boxee Box update goes live
Boxee during the holiday rolled out a large firmware upgrade for the recently arrived Boxee Box. The update addresses some of the major teething problems identified in launch and focuses on video first. It should fix video artifacts and missing video for 1080i content on the web, Blu-ray derived videos and the inability to handle certain specific subtitles.
Boxee gets Hulu Plus and new interface
Boxee at its Brooklyn launch event revealed that the Boxee Box and the software platform would be getting a handful of key launch partners. Hulu Plus is the highlight and will see Boxee offer the $10 monthly streaming service on its media hub. The company didn't say if the free web version will be blocked outright, but it said free wouldn't be an option and promised a "real" Hulu designed for TV rather than just the browser.
Boxee Box ships preorders Nov 10, stores Nov 17
Boxee today locked down ship dates for the Boxee Box. The media hub will ship November 10 for those who've pre-ordered through either Amazon in the US (above) or Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. A much wider range of online and retail shops should get the Boxee Box on November 17.
Boxee Box spotted undergoing FCC testing
The upcoming Boxee Box has shown up at the FCC, undergoing approval testing. The appearance indicates that the media hub is indeed on course for an admittedly delayed November release. The device promises to act as either a companion device that will let users stream files stored on a Mac or PC or solely from online.
Boxee Box to use Atom CE4100 chip
Boxee on Monday revealed that it's switching the Boxee Box away from the NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform to Intel's Atom CE4100 processor. The switch was described to Electronista as a form of future proofing; the company wants to guarantee 1080p HD streaming for the future as well as today, Boxee said. NVIDIA's hardware can handle 1080p, but only in VC-1 and not the more popular H.264 format.
Boxee browser to drop Firefox for WebKit
Boxee tonight revealed that it's dropping the Firefox-based browser in the Boxee Box and desktop apps will switch to the Apple-made but open WebKit engine instead. Lead Apps Developer Rob Spectre told NewTeeVee that Boxee wanted to guarantee HTML5 support. Firefox's Gecko engine has rudimentary HTML5 support, but it doesn't work well within the Boxee client.
Boxee says Box better, more open than new Apple TV
Boxee founder Avner Ronen today downplayed the risk from the new Apple TV to sales of its upcoming Boxee Box. He pointed out the simple advantage of 1080p versus Apple's 720p as well as the open nature of Boxee's platform. Since it has a web browser and can be extended with more formats and services, it's inherently more open than what the Apple TV offers, Ronen implied.
Boxee says Boxee Box now finished
Boxee's Chief Product Officer Zach Klein today showed the finished version of the Boxee Box in a video demo (below), indicating that it's starting production. The completed version still has the distinctive sinking box design but has a more refined look and feel. Among other changes, the Box now has a much more fingerprint-resistant glossy black finish.
Boxee Box moved months back
Boxee tonight told customers that it was delaying the Boxee Box to November. It had planned to ship the hub by the end of the spring but discovered that it was "overly ambitious." Company founder Avner Ronen stressed that the timeframe was a firm one set by D-Link and that it would lead to a greater amount of polish.
Booth to also showcase Boxee Box
Electronics maker D-Link has unveiled its CES lineup, which should include several products. Foremost is the previously-announced Boxee Box, which merges Boxee's media browsing interface with network, HDMI and audio connections. Further details will only be announced at the expo, which begins Thursday, but the set-top is expected to ship in the spring for approximately $200.
Boxee Box arrives ahead of CES
(Update with pricing) Boxee tonight revealed both the beta version of its software as well as Boxee Box, its first hardware dedicated to its custom TV interface. Both the device and independent software have a newly updated version of the front-end with a much more visual layout that focuses on the menu, the active media queue and a social networking feed for friends, Facebook and Twitter. While it's still available for Macs and 32-bit Linux PCs, the beta is also freshly optimized for Windows and uses DirectX on that platform as well as Flash 10.1 that gives it hardware acceleration of Flash video using modern NVIDIA graphics.
D-Link all-in-one DIR-685 router now out
D-Link has began shipping its Xtreme N DIR-685 all-in-one router that was first introduced back at CES in January. The device has a built-in draft N Wi-Fi module that allows it to communicate with network attached storage devices and a 3.2-inch LCD screen that lets it play streaming video or double as a digital photo frame. The screen can also display device status information via graphs and gauges. D-Link's SharePort feature lets networked computers share printers and other USB devices.
D-Link PowerLine HD Kit
D-Link this morning started shipping its PowerLine HD Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit. The bundle creates the equivalent to an Ethernet connection between a router and a device and stands out for its bandwidth: at 200Mbps in peak conditions, the kit has twice as much room as basic Ethernet and should reliably stream HD video over a local network. D-Link sees the adapters as ideal for game console and Slingbox owners who might need a fast connection but for whom Wi-Fi either isn't reliable or quick.
D-Link 5-bay, 7.5TB NAS
D-Link on Wednesday announced it is shipping its DSN-1100 Network Attached Storage (NAS), meant for use by small- to medium-sized businesses. The device's five bays are capable of holding five 3.5-inch 1.5TB SATA hard drives for a total storage capacity of 7.5TB. The DSN-1100 manages the drives via a built-in IP-SAN Device Manager suite of utilities. An embedded secure server lets users remotely configure and monitor their storage devices.
D-Link N450 and More CES
D-Link's lineup at CES has been introduced today and focuses on a pair of 802.11n Wi-Fi routers. The Xtreme N 450 is one of few if any wireless routers to crack the 300Mbps theoretical peak and potentially transfers data as quickly as its namesake 450Mbps over the local network. While not providing real-world speeds, the 50 percent increase is expected to translate into practical performance gains. The device is also a true dual-band router and can run one 2.4GHz and one 5GHz network simultaneously regardless of the particular format used.
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.
Networking device manufacturer D-Link and DivX have begun shipping the first DivX Connected media player in the U.S. (distribution in Canadian markets is expected to soon follow). The HDMI-connected D-Link MediaLounge DSM-330 offers streaming of music, photos, Internet services and high definition video from PCs to any connected television, ostensibly challenging Apple TV, Apple's device for the living room. The set-top box, however, uses the slower 802.11g networking (or optional wired Ethernet), while most newer devices, including Apple TV, use the new (and faster) 802.11n band. Unlike Apple TV, the device supports a larger range of format, including DivX (including DivX VOD files), Xvid and WMV9 (transcoded on PC) as well as a variety of image formats, including JPEG, JPEG 2000 and BMP (non-compressed).
D-Link wireless DIR-628
D-Link on Monday unveiled a new dual-band RangeBooster N router that offers 802.11n WiFi on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The DIR-628 features D-Link's Quality of Service management engine to improve performance, while being able to switch to either 2.4GHz signals for low-intensity network throughput, or 5.4GHz for intensive file sharing and media distribution. D-Link is currently selling the DIR-628 through select retailers for $120.