D-Link Expands Amplifi Line with New HD Media Router and PowerLine AV Kit

Paul Lilly

D-Link this week announced a couple of new additions to its Amplifi family, with D-Link describing Amplifi products as "not only the fastest home networking solutions on the market, they're also some of the smartest." Those are big shoes to fill, and D-Link says its new HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827) and PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit (DHP-541) can walk the walk.

The HD Media Router 2000 is a dual-band device with support for theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. A built-in Quality of Service (QoS) engine automatically prioritizes high bandwidth network traffic for smooth HD video streaming and gaming performance, and this is where D-Link claims DIR-827 separates itself from other routers. D-Link says it designed the DIR-827 to provide extra bandwidth for these types of activities.

It's equipped with a USB 3.0 port with support for printer and drive sharing, and unlike most routers on the market, there's even an SD card slot so you can share photos and other data across your entire network without having to shuttle your SD card from PC to PC.

The PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit consists of D-Link's PowerLine AV 500 four-port Gigabit Switch (DHP-540) and a single PowerLine AV 500 Adapter (DHP-501AV). It supports theoretical transfer rates of up to 500Mbps, and like the HD Media Router 2000, it supports QoS with priority given to high bandwidth traffic.

D-Link says the HD Media Router 2000 will ship later this month for $150, and the PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit in October for $160.

HD Media Router 2000 Product Page
PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit Product Page

Image Credit: D-Link

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