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D-Link Cuts Existing WiFi Routers' Power Use 40%

Gordon Kelly


D-Link Cuts Existing WiFi Routers' Power Use 40%

With power companies trying to make themselves less popular than an ice cream vendor on Everest, D-Link has chosen the perfect time to announce an advancement which will help put the pennies back in your pocket...

First seen last year in its DWA-643 and DWA-556 wireless adaptors, D-Link is expanding its rather clever 'Green Ethernet' technology to products you may already own - and it won't cost you a penny.

The DIR-655 Xtreme N Gigabit router and the even smarter DIR-855 dual channel router (above) are the lucky recipients of Green Technology which will arrive via an impending firmware update and the consequences are dramatic. D-Link quotes the DIR-655 as benefiting from up to a 32 per cent power saving with the DIR-855 even more impressive at up to 41 per cent.

“D-Link is proud to be taking the lead in integrating innovative, power-saving technology into its home and business networking solutions that doesn’t sacrifice performance or functionality,” said D-Link Marketing Manager Andrew Mulholland. “By offering green upgrades to our most popular Wi-Fi routers, we’re helping protect the environment whilst our customers save money in the process.”

Just one problem: the DIR-635 isn't anywhere on that list fellas? *Hint + Hint + Hint*

Pretty please...


D-Link UK


August 8, 2008, 7:50 pm

Now I do like this! I always sitch off my AV equipment and PC at the wall (if im honest, more out of stingyness for not wanting to pay for equipmet being on standby than saving the environment) but the only thing I dont turn off, because its a pian to turn on is my wireless router! So a router that saves electricity would be very welcome....

Gavin Hamer

August 8, 2008, 10:19 pm

Would be interested in the actual number of Watts it uses, rather than the percentage reduction. For all I know, they could've been horrifically inefficient before. My trusty (crusty?) old wireless router uses about 6W all the time (c. &#1637 per year). Not a large amount, but mildly annoying.

Martin Daler

August 9, 2008, 3:40 pm

Like Gavin says, watts absolute, not relative, please. In fact, it would be really great if power consumption would become a standard metric on all equipment tests. A modest PC rig can easily burn 200 watts, my Draytek router is always nice and toasty - watt's it all costing?

IT manufacturers are starting to tout green credentials - we need the good offices of TrustedReviews to hold them to account.


August 9, 2008, 4:01 pm

Is DIR-855 even available for purchase? You keep referring to it as it is, but I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere.


August 10, 2008, 12:19 pm

while being energy saving this technology will probably result in many dropouts and unable to connect scenarios

Phil Huang

August 11, 2008, 2:02 pm

I think there is a mistake on this comment "First seen last year in its DWA-643 and DWA-556 desktop switches". DWA are wireless adapters, the desktop switches with Green Ethernet are DGS-1005D and DGS-1008D.

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