D-Link Debuts Ultra Performance Series of 11AC Routers
Features include gigabit wide area network and local area network Ethernet ports for high-speed wired connectivity, plus WPA or WPA2 security.Networking specialist D-Link announced the shipment of the first router in its Ultra Performance Series of three new high-performance 11AC home networking solutions. The new line of routers offers wireless speeds up to 5.3 Gbps, far-reaching coverage, a revamped user interface, and dynamic Smart Connect to automatically balance clients. "D-Link designed the new Ultra Series routers to give the look of 'performance,' starting with an aggressive exterior design and aesthetics that matched the speed and performance features inside," Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing at D-Link, told eWEEK. "While these new routers are not designed exclusively for gamers and high-end media streamers, that particular market segment does appreciate unique product designs." Loyd noted that the new design differentiates the Ultra Performance products from standard routers, creating a higher-end branded offering that is carried across the packaging, out- of -box experience, design and performance. The routers are equipped with an array of features including Wireless 11AC Beamforming to enhance signal strength and throughput, Smart Connect to automatically assign clients to the wireless band, and a quality of service (QoS) engine with a drag-and-drop UI to provide a way to prioritize applications and devices.
In addition, the routers feature gigabit wide area network (WAN) and local area network (LAN) Ethernet ports for high- speed wired connectivity and are enabled with WPA or WPA2 security and WiFi- Protected setup to help ensure network integrity and easy setup.