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.
D-Link is chasing after the budget router crown with the release of its Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router, model DIR-651. It's a single-band router with 4 Gigabit ports, multiple intelligent antennas, and support for intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) to separate and prioritize different typs of data streams for smoother video streaming, gaming, and VoIP calls.
Network solutions specialist D-Link says it's easy to check in and keep track of what's going on at your home with the company's new mydlink-enabled Wireless N Day/Night Network Camera (DSC-932L). With support for night vision, a built-in CPU, and Web server, D-Link is pitching its new camera as a complete day and night monitoring system for homes and small offices. It's also easy to install, D-Link says.
Don’t think you’ve got it good with that dinky cam built into your laptop. Whether you’re exploiting that five-second window of opportunity on ChatRoulette, posting your latest Polka performance to YouTube, or catching up with your folks over Skype, a good webcam can make all the difference. An external cam doesn’t just offer vastly superior video and audio quality. The flexibility of being able to freely maneuver and position the device opens up lots of possibilities, letting you take photos and video of more than what happens to be right in front of your laptop screen.
If you had any lingering doubts that we’re living in the age of surveillance, the DCS-930L should dispel them. Never has it been so easy to watch what’s going on when you’re not there. Once you follow the simple instructions in the installation CD to set up the wireless networking and your account with My D-Link, you can place this light little box almost anywhere indoors. Then, wherever you are in the world, you can log into D-Link’s website by way of a web browser, iPhone, or Android phone and see what’s going on. More advanced users can set up the camera to upload video to a local or remote file server, either continuously, or in response to motion detection.
Every tech should have a wireless dongle in his/her emergency kit, and if you don't have one already, D-Link hopes you'll consider one of its new fun-sized models. D-Link's Wireless N 150 Pico Adapter (DWA-121) and Wireless N USB Adapter (DWA-131) both sport a compact design that makes for easy storage and can be plugged into a laptop or desktop without sticking out like a, well, typical dongle.
Never mind that the streaming media market is getting as crowded as an LA freeway during rush hour, D-Link's Boxee Box is more than holding its own. According to DigiTimes, sales of the set-top box have been better than D-Link originally expected up to this point.
D-Link's Boxee Box faces competition from a number of devices, including Apple TV, Google TV, Western Digital's line of streaming media boxes, Internet-connected TVs, and even from specialized devices like Roku's HD Player. Even so, D-Link is seeing sales exceed stock volumes and is considering selling the device through Best Buy by the end of the year.
Riding Boxee Box's early success, D-Link recently announced it will launch the media streamer in the Middle East and Africa next month, followed by China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other Asia Pacific countries. The goal is to sell at least 100,000 Boxee Box units in 2011.
The hardware masochists over at iFixIt.com have given the new Boxee Box its official right of passage into the electronics world, which requires gutting like a pig and laying out the digital organs for all to see.
iFixIt said it was hard to ignore just how much taller the Boxee Box is compared to the Apple TV and Logitech Revue devices, but that its build quality rivaled Apple's and was much more solid-looking than the Revue. Adhesive holds the lime green rubber base in place, and underneath that sit four #1 Phillips and two #2 Phillips screws.
From the looks of things, the Boxee Box isn't terribly difficult to get into, though we don't recommend doing so unless you have a real good reason to void your warranty and potentially turn your $200 box in a pricey doorstop.
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Let's face it, Netflix and Hulu rule the streaming media world, both are awesome, and we all want our devices to support them. That hasn't really been a problem with Netflix, which has burst into our living rooms via set to boxes, consoles, Blu-ray players, and scores of other devices. Hulu? Now that's another story.
Well, we have some great news folks. D-Link's new Boxee Box just launched and it supports Netflix, VUDU, and Hulu Plus. Not right away, mind you, but both Netflix and Hulu Plus will be supported "before the end of the year."
On the hardware and connectivity side, the new media streamer comes powered by an Intel processor and includes HDMI out, an Ethernet port, Wireless-N, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, S/PDIF and composite audio connectors, and a SD card reader.
You’ve been getting by with the cheapie router you bought two years ago, so why should you upgrade now? In a word: Performance. And features. Oh, sorry. That’s two words. We looked at a host of budget offerings in our last router roundup (February 2010) and didn’t find much to get excited about. This time, we asked seven manufacturers to send us the best consumer routers in their stables regardless of price tags.
In most cases, that meant a simultaneous dual-band router capable of running 802.11n wireless networks using the typical 2.4GHz frequency band and the less-crowded 5GHz band, plus a guest network that isolates its clients from your primary LAN. In all cases, it meant a router with an integrated four-port gigabit switch and at least one USB port for sharing a printer or a storage device over the network (some have two USB ports to support both functions). In an interesting twist, however, no one submitted a product using a three-stream wireless chipset promising raw throughput of 450Mb/s.