D-Link ships hybrid power-line wireless router2011-03-03 09:39 by Daniela
Tags: D-Link, Powerline, router
After all the buzz at CES 2011 about a hybrid all-in-one option that combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and power line in one box, you now can lay your hands on an actual product.
D-Link announced today that it is now shipping the first hybrid router, the Wireless-N PowerLine Router (model DHP-1320).
The router combines a regular Wireless-N router with the 200Mbps HomePlug AV standard. This means the router's power cord itself provides power-line data connectivity, and you can use any other HomePlug AV adapters at the far end of the connection to extend the network there, via electrical wiring. Traditionally with a nonhybrid router, you'd need another power-line adapter to connect to the router to form the first end of the power-line connection.
According to D-Link, the DHP-1320 router uses Atheros Hy-Fi technology that's designed to expand coverage, improve performance, and simplify network setup and management. Atheros is also the company that first introduced the concept of hybrid networking back in October 2010.
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