D-Link Cloud router gets down-to-earth pricing

D-Link announced at CES 2012 a budget cloud-based router that's slated to cost just around $40.

D-Link's Cloud Router (DIR-605L) at CES 2012.
D-Link's Cloud Router (DIR-605L) at CES 2012. Dong Ngo/CNET

LAS VEGAS--D-Link today unveiled a portfolio of Cloud Services that includes a new router that costs just $40.

The device in question is the Cloud Router (model DIR-605L), which is basically a single-band Wireless-N router that offers a top wireless speed of 300Mbps.

The DIR-605L comes with four LAN ports and one WAN port. Even with the external antennae, it's still supercompact and light.
The DIR-605L comes with four LAN ports and one WAN port. Even with the external antennae, it's still supercompact and light. Dong Ngo/CNET

Like all products in the company's new Cloud Service portfolio, it supports cloud-based management, allowing users to remotely monitor it via the mydlink portal and mydlink apps on iOS- and Android-based mobile devices.

D-Link said the DIR-605L helps bring "cloud capabilities to the masses" by allowing users to see and monitor which Web sites are being visited in a home network from anywhere in the world, which is a great feature for parents, and set alerts for network intrusions. On top of that, it's also easy to set up and use.

For wired clients, the DIR-605L comes with four Ethernet LAN ports and one WAN port to connect to an Internet source.

Even without the cloud aspect, it arguably is one of the most affordable Wireless-N routers on the market. And the good news is it's available immediately after the show.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.

 

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