We'll admit: one of the biggest appeals for us in D-Link's new Cloud Router 1200 and 2000 is that tube shape, which is a nice break from the amorphous blobs we're used to as our WiFi routers. Not to say that there aren't convincing technical reasons to like them. Both will let you remotely administrate the 802.11n router's devices from an Android or iOS app, and they both carry four gigabit Ethernet jacks as well as a USB port for some network media storage. The differences lay exclusively in the wireless support, where the single-band 1200 caters to the frugal set at 300Mbps and the simultaneous dual-band 2000 hums along at 600Mbps. Thankfully, the prices of the just-shipping access points are both about right for what you get: the Cloud Router 1200 is a cheap and cheerful $60, and the 2000 won't strain the wallet much more at $100. You can catch the full details of our new cylindrical
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D-Link's Latest Cloud Routers Offer Powerful Wi-Fi, Remote Control and Robust Media Sharing Features
Cloud Router 1200 and Cloud Router 2000 Feature Powered Amplifiers, Remote Management and USB SharePort App for Sharing Media with all Devices on the Home Network
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA, Jun 21, 2012 - D-Link today introduced the latest additions to its line of Cloud Routers with the Cloud Router 1200 (DIR-636L) and Cloud Router 2000 (DIR-826L), supporting speeds of up to 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps, respectively. Both routers include mydlink™ Cloud Services for easy management and configuration from anywhere via free smart phone apps. Additionally, these routers include a USB port that works with the free SharePort™ mobile app to enable users to share and enjoy photos, music, and movie files from a range of connected devices.
"In the past, routers have often been a „set it and forget it? kind of device," said Ken Loyd, director, consumer products, D-Link Systems, Inc. "Today consumers want to access and share their content from multiple devices such as smartphones and tablets. And now more than ever, it is vital to know who is connecting to your wireless network and what they are viewing. D-Link?s newest Cloud Routers enable consumers to easily share media as well as monitor what?s going on with the home network."
Users can connect a USB drive or external hard drive to the USB port on the new Cloud Routers and with the free D-Link SharePort Mobile app they can conveniently and simultaneously share a range of content to multiple mobile devices without taking up valuable device memory. In addition, check which websites are being visited, block unwanted devices, and receive automatic e-mail alerts notifying you of unauthorized connections that are attempted all from an iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device using the SharePort Mobile app for peace of mind.
Take Control with mydlink Cloud Services
D-Link Cloud Routers allow people to monitor and control their home network from virtually anywhere using the industry-leading mydlink Cloud Services platform. Routers can be accessed via an iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ device with the free mydlink Lite app available exclusively to D-Link customers. Using the mydlink Lite cloud application, users can check if a computer, mobile device, gaming console, media player or other device is on their home network – a valuable tool for wary parents. Mobile e-mail alert notifications warn users in the event that intrusion attempts are detected, allowing them to sign into the mydlink Cloud application and block unwanted devices. Additionally, mobile e-mail alerts are sent whenever important security updates are available ensuring the most up-to-date security features.
Access Multimedia with SharePort Mobile™
When a USB drive is connected to the router, the SharePort Mobile app for iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ devices offers effortless access to stored personal files and multimedia. Music, video, and photos can be streamed or transferred from the connected USB drive to multiple mobile devices from an intuitive touchscreen interface. It?s also a great way to enjoy media without using valuable memory on your device – think of it as adding memory to your iPhone, iPad or Android.
Configure a Network Instantly with Quick Router Setup (QRS) Mobile
D-Link Cloud Routers can optionally be configured for the first time from the comfort of a couch, using the QRS (Quick Router Setup) Mobile app for iPhone or iPad. Owners with these devices simply plug in the router, open the app, and follow a few easy steps to establish a wireless network throughout the home without needing to touch a computer. Once a network is established, new devices can be added at the touch of a button using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). WPA/WPA2 encryption and a built-in dual-active firewall (SPI and NAT) ensure that data sent wirelessly is secure.
Enjoy High-Speed Wireless N Connectivity
The Cloud Router 1200 and Cloud Router 2000 establish a fast and reliable wireless network for delivering broadband Internet to devices throughout the home. Wireless N technology extends coverage and reduces dead spots and preserves compatibility with earlier wireless networking standards. The router?s high-powered amplifier boosts signal strength, while integrated intelligent antenna technology transmits multiple streams of data by bouncing wireless signals off of walls and sending a wireless connection to the farthest corners of a home or office. As a dual-band wireless router, the Cloud Router 2000 uses the 5GHz frequency band to avoid interference with other nearby wireless devices like cordless phones, microwave ovens and other routers. The 5GHz band is used in tandem with the 2.4GHz band delivering up to double the bandwidth of single-band wireless solutions.
The Cloud Router 1200 and Cloud Router 2000 incorporate 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and feature an attractive cylindrical housing with a minimal footprint suitable for installation on shelves, desks, and tabletops for maximum range and flexibility. Both feature an intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) engine that optimizes network traffic on the fly for time-sensitive applications like Skype calls and gaming.
Availability and Pricing
The DIR-636L has an everyday low price of $59.99. The DIR-826L has an everyday low price of $99.99. Both Cloud Routers are widely available now at Amazon, Fry's, Micro Center, New Egg, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and other retail and e-tail partners. For more information, please visit www.dlink.com.