After all theabout a hybrid all-in-one option that combines Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and power line in one box, you now can lay your hands on an actual product.
D-Link announced today that it is now shipping the first hybrid router, the Wireless-N PowerLine Router (model DHP-1320).
The router combines a regular Wireless-N router with the 200Mbps HomePlug AV standard. This means the router's power cord itself provides power-line data connectivity, and you can use any other HomePlug AV adapters at the far end of the connection to extend the network there, via electrical wiring. Traditionally with a nonhybrid router, you'd need another power-line adapter to connect to the router to form the first end of the power-line connection.
According to D-Link, the DHP-1320 router uses Atheros Hy-Fi technology that's designed to expand coverage, improve performance, and simplify network setup and management. Atheros is also the company that firstback in October 2010.
Other than the built-in support for HomePlug AV, the new router seems to have the specs of a budget wireless router. It offers only single-band wireless networking with a cap speed of 300Mbps and lacks support for Gigabit Ethernet. It does provide support for IPv6, however, enabling consumers to future-proof their home networks for the next generation of networking.
According to D-Link, additional features of the DHP-1320 include:
HomePlug AV certified with up to 200Mbps throughput
Three-port 10/100Mbps fast Ethernet ports
Wi-Fi protected setup (WPS) for simple push-button wireless network configuration
Built-in QoS engine, which enhances Internet experience
Supports secure wireless encryption using WPA or WPA2
Supports 128-bit AES encryption for power-line network security
Power-line sync connection (ENY) button
- Plug and play installation
Together with the DHP-1320 router, D-Link says that it's also now shipping a few other 200Mbps power-line accessory products, including a power-line AV four-port switch (model DHP-346AV), a Wireless-N extender kit (model DHP-W306AV), and a network starter kit (model DHP-307AV).
This allows consumers to create a hybrid network using the new DHP1320 router. Note that the router works with any HomePlug AV power-line adapters, however.
The DHP-1320 Hybrid Wireless N PowerLine Router is available immediately at an estimated price of $130.