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D-Link Xtreme N All-in-One Storage Router Recognized as PC Magazine Editors' Choice
Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:25:00 AM
D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, has received top industry recognition from PC Magazine for its Xtreme N® Storage Router (DIR-685), praising the unit as "digital convergence at its finest."

The DIR-685 is the industry's first all-in-one home network router that combines powerful 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity with network attached storage (NAS), USB device-sharing, digital photo frame, Internet content player, FTP server and Green technology in a sleek, compact desktop design.

PC Magazine, one of the oldest and most respected publications serving the computer industry, has awarded the DIR-685 its coveted "Editors' Choice" designation, calling the device "one cool piece of networking."

Praising the unit for "mixing three disparate technologies extremely well", magazine reviewer and networking expert Mario Morejon stated that the DIR-685 "isn't just your average router."

"D-Link is breaking new grounds with the design of the DIR-685, something the market is more than ready for (imagine a full-sized digital picture frame that doubles as router, NAS, and more...)," Morejon writes.

Describing the device as "stylish" and "surprisingly compact," he notes that, "D-Link provides a highly intuitive and graphical installation wizard on a CD that configures the router in three basic steps…there will be no surprises."

"The DIR-685 runs cool and yet it is quite compact for such a complex device. Feature wise, the DIR-685 won't disappoint the most demanding users, unless you're expecting full-blown TV," the review states. "D-Link packed many advanced features that expand the capability of the router beyond the usual firewalling and port management."

Regarding installing the optional 2.5 inch SATA drive, he notes, "All you need to do is insert a hard drive on the side slot and the DIR-685 does the rest. In the Web interface, there are options to format the drive, create folders and manage connections to the drive."
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