D-Link outs hybrid powerline / wired / wireless router, does Atheros proud

Sean Hollister
S. Hollister|03.06.11

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D-Link outs hybrid powerline / wired / wireless router, does Atheros proud
Many moons ago, Atheros had a dream, of a future where a single device could simultaneously extend Ethernet, WiFi and powerline connectivity to any part of your home. Well, gents, the future is now, as D-Link has taken the idea (and presumably a presumably paid a hefty licensing fee) to bring just such a device to market. The $130 D-Link DHP-1320 does 802.11n WiFi at up to 300Mbps, sends up to 200Mbps through your house's electrical system and sports three 10/100 LAN jacks as well. Oh, and never you mind that Netgear did something similar a couple months ago. PR after the break.
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D-Link® Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router Now Available

200 Mbps Combination Wi-Fi and PowerLine Router, Along with PowerLine Adapters and Switches, Enable Consumers to Work, Play, View, and Share Anywhere in the Home

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Mar 02, 2011 - D-Link® today announced its Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320), a combination networking solution for extending wired and wireless home networks throughout the house by tapping into a home's electrical wiring, is now available. This combination IPv6-ready network solution merges PowerLine 200 Mbps technology with a Wireless-N router and Ethernet ports, offering consumers two connectivity options to extend home network coverage and enjoy high-bandwidth applications, including HD video content, multimedia, VoIP calls, and more.

"As the amount of high-bandwidth Internet-based content viewed and shared in today's homes continues to grow exponentially, superior network coverage is essential," said Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. "With this combination router and D-Link's line of PowerLine accessory products, we're able to provide consumers with a simple way to extend their networks into 'dead zones' where wireless coverage has previously been limited or spotty, such as a basement, an upstairs bedroom, or other hard to reach locations."

Wired and Wireless Network Coverage Anywhere in the Home

The DHP-1320 extends wired and wireless networks to all devices in the home with optimal speed and bandwidth for a range of HD video-on-demand, gaming and other applications. Essentially turning a home's existing electrical system into an Ethernet network, PowerLine's extended coverage can be obtained without any drilling, difficult installation or messy cables. Simply plug the DHP-1320 into an electrical outlet and the technology distributes broadband to Internet-connected devices both wirelessly and through the electrical wiring in a home. D-Link® PowerLine adapters then plug into outlets anywhere in the home to extend wired coverage to additional rooms and devices where coverage is limited.

The DHP-1320 also provides IPv6 support, enabling consumers to future-proof their home networks for the next-generation of the Internet, ensuring connectivity with new wireless devices for years to come.

Additional features of the Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router (DHP-1320) include:

HomePlug AV certified with up to 200Mbps throughput
Wireless N 300
3-Port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Ports
Wi-Fi® Protected Setup™ (WPS) for Simple Push-Button Wireless Network Configuration
Atheros Hy-Fi™ technology expands coverage, improves performance and simplifies network set up and management
Built-in QoS Engine Enhances Internet Experience
Supports Secure Wireless Encryption Using WPA™ or WPA2™
Supports 128-bit AES Encryption For PowerLine Network Security
PowerLine Sync Connection (ENY) Button
Plug & Play Installation

Also shipping are a number of 200 Mbps PowerLine accessory products, including the PowerLine AV 4-Port Switch, Wireless N Extender, and Network Starter Kit. Combining these products with the DHP-1320 allows consumers to create the ultimate wired and wireless home network.

Availability and Pricing

The DHP-1320 Hybrid Wireless-N PowerLine Router is now available throughout D-Link's vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in North America, and at the company's online store, http://www.dlinkshop.com, with an MSRP of $129.99.

The following 200 Mbps PowerLine products are also now available:

PowerLine AV 4-Port Switch (DHP-346AV); $99.99
PowerLine AV Wireless N Extender (DHP-W306AV); $119.99
PowerLine AV Network Starter Kit (DHP-307AV); $139.99
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