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D-Link Incorporates Atheros Hy Fi Technology to Help Consumers Extend their Wired and Wireless Networks with Hybrid Networking
Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 01:23:59 PM

The World’s First Hybrid Home Network Solution (the D-Link DHP-1320) enables whole-home connectivity by combining Atheros Wi-Fi, Powerline and Ethernet technology in D-Link Routers

INTERNATIONAL CES (Booth No. 31247 Upper South Hall), LAS VEGAS, Jan 04, 2011 - D-Link’s whole-home wireless connectivity portfolio now features hybrid networking solutions for extending wired and wireless networks in challenging situations, by tapping into the electrical wiring in the home. By integrating Atheros’ industry-acclaimed Hy-Fi technology into a hybrid Wi-Fi/Powerline Router, D-Link makes it easy for consumers to solve nagging coverage and performance problems.

The D-Link® Hybrid Wireless-N Powerline Router (DHP-1320) incorporates Atheros Hy-Fi technology to expand coverage and improve performance significantly. This is especially critical as more media applications and HD content hit home networks.

“By working with Atheros on hybrid networking solutions, we enhance the performance of D-Link devices and deliver features that solve consumers’ real-world issues,” said AJ Wang, chief technology officer, D-Link North America. “By offering consumers the choice of connectivity in a single device, it is easier than ever to set up a powerful home network capable of delivering uninterrupted media, such as gaming, streaming Internet video and music.”

Atheros’ new family of hybrid home networking solutions combines the most popular consumer networking technologies –Wi-Fi®, HomePlug® AV Powerline and Ethernet. This unique combination boosts network bandwidth while providing exceptional ease to set up and optimize coverage in every home environment. As a result, D-Link consumers will have a well-designed network that provides whole-home coverage. Atheros’ Hy-Fi reference designs also feature software enhancements that add “behind-the-scenes” intelligence to simplify network set up and management for mainstream consumers. It unifies wired and wireless networks with a single user interface, and enables push-button pairing and security between D-Link routers and all Atheros-based adapters on the network.

“Consumers expect their networks to provide robust delivery of media and data services anywhere in their home,” said Dan Rabinovitsj, senior vice president and general manager, Atheros’ Networking Business Unit. “At CES, D-Link is unveiling home networking products that do just that. By combining the best of wired and wireless technologies, D-Link’s hybrid router can simplify the connected lifestyle with a home network that adapts to the users, not the other way around.”

D-Link’s new PowerLine AV Combo Router (DHP-1320), merges powerline 200Mbps technology with Wireless N and Ethernet ports, offering customers three connectivity options to reach all the devices in the home with optimal speed and bandwidth without messy cables or dead spots.

When combined with a D-Link PowerLine Adapter at the client device station, the solution can push content such as multi-media, VoIP, or any other robust network traffic from the router to the device via the home’s existing electrical outlets.

The PowerLine AV Combo Router (DHP-1320) benefits include:

  • High quality and performance connectivity for enhanced gaming, HD media streaming and super fast Internet
  • Network connections to anywhere in your house
  • Combines wireless and wired connectivity using Ethernet and your home’s existing electrical wiring

Features of the PowerLine AV Combo Router (DHP-1320) include:

  • HomePlug AV certified with up to 200Mbps throughput1
  • Wireless N 3002
  • 3-Port 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet Ports
  • Wi-Fi® Protected Setup™ (WPS) for Simple Push-Button Wireless Network Configuration
  • Built-in QoS Engine Enhances Internet Experience
  • Supports Secure Wireless Encryption Using WPA™ or WPA2™
  • Supports 128-bit AES Encryption For PowerLine Network Security
  • PowerLine Sync Connection (ENY) Button
  • Plug & Play Installation

The first D-Link consumer hybrid networking devices with Hy-Fi technology are due to hit shelves during the first quarter of 2011.

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