D-Link unveiled its first all-in-one home network router; the DIR-685. The router has all the features of a high-end 802.11n Wi-Fi router combined with Network Attached Storage (NAS), SharePort technology for sharing printers and scanners, along with a high resolution 3.2” LCD monitor for displaying photos, desktop applications and network performance.
Designed with convenience and functionality in mind, the new D-Link Wireless N DIR-685 offers a stylish, even chic addition to the digital home. Its upright design allows users to easily view the LCD screen that displays device status via graphical gauges as well as digital photos, streamed video, weather forecasts and other real-time Internet content in up to 1.6 million colours.
As a router, the DIR-685 features a sleek design made possible, in part, by the router’s internal antennas. 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.
“This router is the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ home networking device that allows consumers to have access the latest technology, directly in their homes. Not only does it offer full functionality as a router, NAS storage, FTP server and print server, it is all wrapped up in one small package so that it seamlessly blends into any home environment and has the added bonus of being environmentally friendly.”
said Andrew Mulholland, D-Link Marketing Manager, UK & Ireland.
The DIR-685 employs D-Link Green™ technology that helps conserve energy in several ways; by automatically recognising 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 router’s gigabit ports are also included in the NAS drive.
Both USB ports located on the back of the DIR-685 utilise 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. SharePort turns the local USB ports located on the back of the Wireless N router into a fast and responsive virtual port by utilising a new technology of USB over TCP/IP.
To manage the DIR-685’s featured photo frame, D-Link has partnered with FrameChannel, a free web service (internetphotoframe.com) that allows for the customisation of content displayed on the screen, so photos can be easily accessed and viewed.
“This router is the ideal solution for power consumers who want the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ networking device. Not only does it offer full functionality as a router/NAS storage/print server/FTP device, but it is also attractive on any desktop, environmentally-friendly and Internet-secure.”
says Harrison Albert, Regional Sales Director at D-Link Middle East.
More info for the D-Link DIR-685 can be found www.dlink.co.uk