D-Link Debuts New Gaming Router, Cloud Cameras & More
D-Link made a splash at 2013 International CES tech fest in Las Vegas with a range of products, including a new gaming router and some new cloud cameras.
The company's new gaming router, the DGL-5500, is an 11ac router and is the first to pack Qualcomm's newly-announced StreamBoost technology. This means the router can wisely allocate bandwidth for gaming as well as HD video streaming, with less lag-time, buffering and failed downloads. The device is also the first router in the market to sport the 802.11ac chip from Qualcomm (most existing 802.11ac routers pack similar chips from Broadcom).
The DGL-5500 aims to provide a real solution for online gaming and it builds on the success of the DGL-4500 GamerLounge, D-Link's first gaming router that was launched more than four years ago.
A clean user-friendly interface delivers a graphical view of how bandwidth is used throughout a home network, and allows users to access the StreamBoost feature. The DGL-5500 also claims theoretical speeds of up to 1300 Mbps, and comes with Gigabit Ethernet ports. The new gaming router will become available in late spring, and the company will release pricing details closer to launch.
Meanwhile, D-Link also announced the new Wireless AC1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router and the Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router. The former can carry speeds of up to 1750 Mbps (450 Mbps in N mode and 1300 Mbps in AC), while the latter supports up to 1200 Mbps (300 Mbps in N mode and 862 Mbps in AC). Both of these cloud routers come with USB ports and users can manage the routers remotely via D-Links free mydlink Lite app.
The Wireless AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-860L) will hit the market in April with a $149.99 price tag, while the AC1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-868L) will go on sale in the same month for $169.99.
D-Link's International CES line-up also includes the SharePort Ho II (Dir-508L), a pocket-sized device designed to serve as an access point, a repeater, or to create a Wi-Fi hotspot for increased mobile convenience. The device comes with instant Wi-Fi connectivity as well as USB sharing capability to iPads, iPhones, or Android devices via the D-Link SharePort Mobile app, which is available for free from the respective app store (get it here for iOS, and at here for Android). The app can also access shared content from D-Link's Cloud Routers.
The USB port allows users to view and sync content from a connected storage device to tablets, smartphones, and PCs, and it also charges connected smartphones and tablets. The device also packs an SD card slot, as well as an Ethernet port. Meanwhile, a powerful 4000mAh battery promises up to eight hours of battery life. The SharePort Go II is set to go on sale in April with a $119.99 price tag.
Lastly, D-Link also expanded its cloud camera portfolio with new products showcased at CES. The Cloud Camera 1050 (DCS-931L) and Cloud Camera 1150 (DCS-933L) are both mydlink-enabled and pack built-in CPUs and Web servers for live-streaming video sent directly to the network. Both cameras offer 802.11n Wi-Fi, H.264 video compression technology, and mydlink for remote management via the mydlink Lite app.
The 1050 model comes with a $79.99 price tag, while the 1150 costs $99.99. Both cameras will ship in February.