D-Link has introduced a new cloud router that is designed to merge the superior bandwidth and efficiency of the brand-new 802.11ac wireless standard with D-Link's cloud services.
Published Thursday, 14 June 2012
By Georgina Enzer
D-Link has introduced a cloud router that is designed to merge the superior bandwidth and efficiency of the brand-new 802.11ac wireless standard with D-Link's cloud services.
The DIR-865L Wireless AC1750 Dual Band Cloud Router, powered by Broadcom's 5G Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac chipset, makes use of the 5GHz frequency band to deliver speeds faster than that of Wireless N.
Using multiple channels, this router is designed to serve wireless speeds of up to 1750 Mbps (1300 Mbps over the 5GHz band plus 450 Mbps over the 2.4GHz band).
Backwards compatibility with existing wireless devices operating on earlier standards such as 802.11a/b/g/n, 802.11ac is designed to provide improved coverage using a beam-forming system that sends a targeted stream of data directly from the router to the device, thus increasing range and overcoming obstructions for full-home coverage.
"As the world's first cloud router powered by 802.11ac, the DIR-865L is poised to quench the thirst of bandwidth-hungry customers with its unparalleled speed, range, and versatility," said Harrison Albert, regional director at D-Link Middle East & Africa. "802.11ac is the perfect platform to support users that want to stream HD multimedia to multiple wireless devices throughout the home. As more resources shift to the cloud and our customers' needs continue to grow, D-Link 802.11ac routers will provide the power and flexibility to cope with the ballooning demand for bandwidth."
The increased wireless transfer speeds presented by 802.11ac are also designed to help to improve the battery life of mobile devices. Since files download more quickly, less energy is expended in the long run, resulting in up to six times more power efficiency for the same amount of data. This means mobile devices can last longer between charges.
In addition to advancing the frontier of 802.11ac wireless networking, the DIR-865L also includes cloud-based configuration and management and cloud-based file-sharing and multimedia as well as a DLNA media server, IPv6 support and parental controls.