D-Link and "Home Networking" tend to go hand-in-hand, and so it's no surprise to see the company usher out a new family of networking doodads this week. The newest members of the Amplifi family are the HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827) and the PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit (DHP-541). Designed to optimize a home's Wi-Fi signal and provide increased and continuous Internet strength, the HD Media Router 2000 offers advanced wireless connectivity and HD Fuel for automatic bandwidth prioritization, enabling seamless high-quality HD streaming, gaming without lag time and uninterrupted VoIP calling. The PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit delivers additional bandwidth through existing electrical wiring and outlets, enabling consumers to connect an entertainment system to the network from any room in the house with speeds of up to 500Mbps.
Featuring data transfer rates of up to 600Mbps and HD Fuel, the HD Media Router 2000 offers simultaneous N600 Dual Band (300Mbps + 300Mbps) for streaming HD videos and surfing the web at the same time. Unlike conventional routers, it is specifically designed to automatically provide extra bandwidth to certain activities, enhancing online entertainment and eliminating glitches or lags. In addition, the new home network router features USB SharePort Plus with a USB 3.0 port for sharing virtually any USB-enabled device, such as a printer or storage device, across the home network at faster transfer rates. It also includes an SD Card slot for sharing media files with anyone on the home network, whether it's a photo or movie file.
The PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit (DHP-541) features D-Link's PowerLine AV 500 four-port Gigabit Switch (DHP-540) and one PowerLine AV 500 Adapter (DHP-502AV). he HD Media Router 2000 will be available in late-September with a retail price of $149.99 throughout D-Link's network of U.S. e-tail and retail outlets, including Fry's and Micro Center, and at the company's online store (www.dlinkshop.com). The PowerLine AV 500 Gigabit Switch Kit will be available for a retail price of $159.99 in October.