D-Link to ship new budget N router

D-Link announces that it's about to ship the DIR-651, a budget Gigabit wireless router that costs less than $100.

The new budget Gigabit wireless router, model DIR-651, from D-Link.
The new DIR-651 budget Gigabit wireless router from D-Link. D-Link

It looks like D-Link wants to offer a competitor to Cisco's new Linksys E1500 budget router; the company announced today that it's shipping its own budget Wireless-N router, the D-Link Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router (model DIR-651).

According to D-Link, this new single-band router features multiple intelligent antennas, and supports Intelligent Quality of Service, which aids in optimizing Internet traffic for services such as VoIP or gaming.

Related links
• Full review of the Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost
• Full review of the Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router
• Read about D-Link's hybrid DHP-1320 Wireless-N PowerLine Router

Most significant, however, is the fact that D-Link's new router supports Gigabit Ethernet, which the E1500 doesn't. This means wired clients can enjoy network speeds of up to 1000Mbps, and those with a home server can enjoy media streaming to multiple devices without worrying about clogging their networks.

Like most wireless routers, the DIR-651 comes with four LAN ports and one WAN port. For security, the router also supports all variations of WPA and WPA2 standards. In addition, it supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), so you can add WPS-enabled clients to the network with the push of a button.

The DIR-651 Wireless N 300 Gigabit Router is slated to be available next month for an estimated price of $90, about the same as that of the Linksys E1500.

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