True, D-Link's AC1200 may better resemble the container keeping your coffee hot at work than a traditional WiFi router, but it remains a rare take on networking design that's frankly appreciated. We're glad to report, then, that it's shipping to stores. The device (seen in the middle) is the more affordable of D-Link's two 2013-era 802.11ac routers at its $130 street price, keeping costs in check by peaking at at more modest 867Mbps speed with the new standard and 300Mbps on old-fashioned 802.11n. It still dishes out wireless on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands, offers wired connections to four gigabit Ethernet devices and shares content from drives attached to its lone USB 3.0 port. When devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S 4 are arriving with 802.11ac built-in, we'd say the AC1200 is a timely solution -- just don't pack it with your office lunch.
MEDIA ALERT: D-Link Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Now Shipping
D-Link's Latest Cloud Router Offers Next-Generation Wireless Speeds and Cloud Services Ideal for HD Video Streaming, Online Gaming and File Sharing
D-Link Systems, Inc. Fountain Valley, Calif. – March 28, 2013
Who: D-Link, the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers.
What: D-Link today expanded its line of award-winning Cloud Routers with the availability of the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-850L), offering next-generation wireless speeds for seamless HD video streaming, online gaming and file sharing.
· The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router delivers concurrent wireless dual band speeds of up to 300 and 867Mbps, eliminating Wi-Fi interference for faster and more reliable Internet. The router is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n devices for seamless connectivity.
· The AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router offers easy remote network management with the free mydlink™ Lite app from an iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ device as well as a USB port that works with the free SharePort™ mobile app, enabling users to easily share and enjoy photos, music and movie files from a range of devices. And with the QRS Mobile app, users can quickly and easily setup their router right from their mobile phone.
· For fast wired connectivity, the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router also features four Gigabit ports enabling users to connect their Ethernet supported devices, including gaming consoles, laptops or desktop computers.
When/Where: The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router (DIR-850L) is now available at Newegg.com for $129.99.
Why: D-Link is committed to delivering the latest features and performance available for the home network. The Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router delivers fast and reliable wireless speeds for uninterrupted multiple user and high-bandwidth activities along with remote management capabilities for the ultimate in network performance.