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D-Link Release Dual Band, SharePoint WiFi Router

Gordon Kelly


D-Link Release Dual Band, SharePoint WiFi Router

A router's a router's a router, right? According to D-Link, wrong...

The company's newly announced 'DIR-825' is something rather more sophisticated than the usual fare since not only does it pack in the clever 'dual channel' wireless n technology seen in the flagship DIR-855 (network bandwidth is effectively doubled with both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals available simultaneously), but it also packs in the ever so helpful SharePoint technology.

For those who haven't heard of SharePoint before it integrates the role performed by the Belkin Network Hub in enabling USB printers and storage devices to be plugged in, making them available to any computer on the network over wired or wireless connection. Suddenly standard external HDDs become like basic NAS and you can save a pretty penny on your next printer purchase.

On top of this D-Link claims the DIR-825 has advanced QoS which is "optimised for HD video streaming" prioritising it over other forms to traffic to ensure smooth playback, while it remains backwards compatible with a and g wireless standards. D-Link's own 'Xtreme N' tech also leads to claims of enhanced performance and greater range over wireless n compared to rival products while its 'Good Neighbor (American - sic) Policy' means it will not interfere with other wireless networks.

Yep, the DIR-825 does a lot to win over the crowds and with a near $200 RRP accompanying its immediate release it should do.

There's also good news for DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-855 and DGL-4500 too as a new firmware patch is coming to your routers which will add the highly desirable SharePort functionality. Oh yes, fellow D-Link owners, today is a good day!


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October 3, 2008, 12:41 pm

I've got a Dlink DIR 655, wonder how the patch to add sharepoint funcionality is going to work? Through the USB port which is only used for router configs maybe? Have been considering buying the Belkin USB share device for my Canon MP810, if this patch enbles me to share it over the LAN via my router, thats a huge tick in the box for D-Link, will wait and see.


October 3, 2008, 4:02 pm

Asus used to manufacture an ADSL router which actually had a 2.5" hard-disk built in, which allowed it to operate as a simple NAS too. I've often wondered why more router manufacturers didn't make similar products, as it makes so much sense (both routers & NASs tend to be switched on permanently).

Technology changes, and so sho

October 3, 2008, 6:08 pm

With the number of end points in the network growing, I wonder how long it will be before router manufacturers start putting a simplified Domain Controller in the firmware to manage all these resources instead of relying on the relatively unsecure Workgroup. I can envisage people taking netbooks or laptops to mate's houses and joining their network temporarily: some sort of increased security would be advisable. However they would have to make networking much simpler than it is now (as it seems to be controlled by the 'Linux Set' who have always been inscrutable).

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