Integrating a wireless router with network attached storage so that you can share files (photos, documents, videos) has been an option for a few years on routers with USB connections. But there always seem to be foibles introduced when you plug two manufacturer's devices together. A theme at this CES seems to be the integration of formerly disparate products, and D-Link's announcement today of a router with integrated NAS fits with that theme. The complete release is below.
D-LINK DEBUTS ALL-IN-ONE 802.11N ROUTER WITH
BUILT-IN PHOTO FRAME/WIDGET DISPLAY AND
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2009 -- D-Link, the end-to-end network solutions provider for consumers and business, today unveiled an all-in-one home network router with all the features of a fast, far-reaching 802.11n Wi-Fi router combined with network attached storage (NAS), SharePort technology for sharing printers and scanners, along with a bright 3.2-inch LCD monitor on the face for displaying photos, desktop applications and network performance.
Designed with convenience and functionality in mind, the new D-Link® Xtreme N® DIR-685 offers a stylish, even chic addition to the digital home. Its upright design allows users to easily view the vibrant LCD screen that displays device status via graphical gauges, digital photos, streamed video, weather forecasts and other live streaming Internet content in up to 1.6 million colors.
As a router, the DIR-685 features a sleek design made possible, in part, by the router's internal antennas. In addition, the network attached storage (NAS) feature supports both UPnP® server functions and BitTorrent? downloads. A built-in FTP server allows users to access documents, photos, music and other media locally through the home network or remotely over the Internet.
The DIR-685 employs D-Link Green? technology that helps conserve energy in several ways -- by automatically recognizing port activity and cable length and adjusting power usage accordingly, by consolidating all functions to a single device instead of many separate products, and by using the idle mode which automatically turns off power to the LCD screen. A wide local area network (WLAN) scheduler can turn off the router's Wi-Fi module at a preset time, and the power adapter complies with Energy Star specifications for average power savings of up to 30 percent. The same power-saving features located in the
gigabit ports are also included in the NAS drive.
Both USB ports located on the back of the DIR-685 utilize the new D-Link SharePort technology, enabling multiple users to seamlessly share USB devices - including printers, multi-function printers (MFP), and external hard drives - from any location in the home or office, in a Wi-Fi environment. SharePort turns the local USB ports located on the back of the 802.11n router into a fast and responsive virtual port by utilizing a new technology of USB over TCP/IP.
To manage the photo frame feature of the DIR-685, D-Link has partnered with FrameChannel, a free web service (internetphotoframe.com) that allows for the customization of content displayed on the screen, so photos can be easily accessed and viewed.
"This router is the ideal solution for the consumer who wants to be the first on his or her block with the ultimate 'all-in-one' networking device," says Daniel Kelley, senior director of marketing for D-Link Systems in Fountain Valley, Calif. "Not only does it offer full functionality as a router/NAS storage/print server/FTP device, it is attractive on any desktop, environmentally friendly and Internet secure."