D-Link today unveiled a family of 3G mobile broadband wireless routers designed to make it even easier for on-the-go consumers, field technicians and mobile professionals to access and share an Internet connection virtually anywhere by blending Wi-Fi(TM) networking technology and a wireless broadband network.
The D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Routers allow users to create a 802.11g/b-compatible wireless hotspot anywhere within range of a cellular network.
By plugging a compatible 3G notebook adapter into the D-Link 3G Mobile Router's built-in card bus slot, users can get immediate access to EV-DO, UMTS or HSDPA networks. The D-Link router can then share this signal via 802.11g/b Wi-Fi technology to notebooks, PCs or other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The D-Link routers are available in two versions: the DIR-450 (EV-DO) and DIR-451 (UMTS/HSDPA).
"These routers are ideal in situations where a wired broadband connection, such as T1, cable or DSL, is not available," said Brian Larsen, associate vice president of product development for D-Link Systems, Inc. "For instance, once users insert a notebook adapter into their D-Link 3G Wireless Mobile Router and create a wireless 'hotspot', they can then check their email, browse the Web, access their company network and share information with colleagues in 'virtual meetings'. This solution is significant to the market by enabling communications at temporary work sites such as construction or disaster areas, concerts and others."
For security, both versions of the 3G mobile routers support the latest wireless security features to prevent unauthorized access, including WEP, WPA and WPA2 that ensure a secure Wi-Fi network regardless of the connected devices. They also employ dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential Internet attacks.
The D-Link Mobile Wireless Routers can be installed as a wireless network in minutes, and it can easily configure the user's Internet Service Provider (ISP) settings to quickly establish high-speed Internet connectivity. The built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch allows seamless connection of Ethernet-based devices. In the U.S., compatible ISPs for the DIR-450 include ACS Wireless, Alltel, Cellular South, Embarq, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. For the DIR-451, UMTS carriers include Orangenet, Vodafone, Exelcom and Maxis, and Cingular, T-Mobile, Exelcom, Maxis, Vodafone, Celcom and Globe for HSDPA formats.*
Small-to-medium-sized businesses can maximize their investment in a mobile Internet access subscription by using the D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Router in place of a fixed broadband Internet solution that requires paying additional fees for cable or DSL. The 3G routers not only give additional communications freedom to the mobile user, they also offer the carriers increased value-added revenue opportunities.
The DIR-450 (EV-DO) is compatible with the Kyocera KPC 650, Novatel V620 and Sprint PC-5740 notebook adapters, and the Audiovox 8940, Kyocera KX18 and Samsung A890 cell phones. Compatible notebook adapters for the DIR-451 are the Novatel Wireless Merlin U530 and U730, Option Wireless GT 3G Quad, Sierra Wireless AirCard 860 and Sony Ericsson GC89.
Advanced firewall features include Network Address Translation (NAT); Media Access Control (MAC) and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and Website filtering; scheduling and Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through via Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT) and IP Security (IPSec).
Other Key Features:
-- Built-in 10/100Mbps switch that allows users to connect up to four wired Ethernet-enabled networking devices. Auto MDIX detects use of crossover or straight cables.
-- Integrated 802.11g access point (AP) for wireless LAN support.
-- 16/32-bit PCMCIA slot WAN interface for mobile broadband connection. Hot insertion protection provided for safe adapter installation.
-- Integrated 802.11b/g wireless access point with detachable antenna allows connection of booster antenna.
-- Static and dynamic routing simplifies IP addressing on local network.
-- Supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for easy device discovery on local network.
-- Integrated web interface allows configuration through PC web browser.
-- Supports Network Time Protocol (NTP) for synchronizing with a real-time server to keep accurate time.
Without a mobile broadband connection data card, the DIR-450 and DIR-451 work as standard 802.11g wireless routers, such as the popular D-Link RangeBooster G models.
Price and Availability
The DIR-450 model of the D-Link Mobile Wireless Routers is available now for the suggested retail price of $299.99 through D-Link's network of retailers, online retailers and at the D-Link online store, www.dlinkshop.com. The DIR-451 is targeted to begin shipping later this quarter with pricing to be announced at that time.