CES: D-Link launches USB 3.0 HD media routers

D-Link announces three HD media routers, two of which come with USB 3.0.

The new DIR-857 HD media router from D-Link. It's super sleek.
The new DIR-857 HD media router from D-Link. It's super sleek. Dong Ngo/CNET

The DIR-857 is one of the first routers with a built-in USB 3.0 port.
The DIR-857 is one of the first routers with a built-in USB 3.0 port. Dong Ngo/CNET

The new HD media routers all come with an SD card slot, Wireless-N, and Gigabit Ethernet. Two of them come with a USB 3.0 port, which is a first among routers, and this likely means much better network storage performance.

According to D-Link, the new HD media routers feature a new sharing platform powered by MiiiCasa, a cloudlike server that enables household members to manage their content among IP-connected devices.

The new HD Media Router family includes:

  • HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657): A single-band 300Mbps Wireless-N router with a USB 2.0 SharePort Plus port.

  • HD Media Router 2000 (DIR-827): A true dual-band Wireless-N router with USB 3.0 that offers up to 2Gbps transfer rates.

  • HD Media Router 3000 (DIR-857): This is the top, uncompromising, true dual-band router that has all that the DIR-827 has, plus offering up to 450Mbps on the 5GHz band, similar to the WNDR4000 from Netgear .

D-Link says that its new HD media routers will provide the best possible video quality for wireless streaming across set-top boxes (like TiVo, Slingbox, and Boxee Box by D-Link), as well as for network storage devices and PC-to-PC traffic. Consumers can expect a consistent streaming experience in the home.

The DIR-657 is slated to be available during the first quarter of the year and will cost less than $140. The other two models, DIR-827 and DIR-857, will be available during the second and third quarter, respectively. Currently their prices are to be determined.

 

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