D-Link Intros Cloud Routers: Looks Like A Space Capsule

Need a cloud? Then you need a router. But, do you need a cloud router? D-Link thinks you do. The networking giant has just introduced two new routers -- Cloud Routers -- 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.

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 simultaneously share a range of content to multiple mobile devices without taking up device memory. In addition, users can 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. The Cloud Router 1200 and Cloud Router 2000 incorporate 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, and each one looks like some sort of space capsule -- definitely not your run-of-the-mill router housing.

The 636L will ship for $59.99, while the 826L will go for $99.99; both are available now.