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D-LINK® introduces wireless draft 11N solution that moves high-definition content throughout the home using any router.


Microsoft® Chairman Bill Gates Demonstrates Streaming of HD Content over Wi-Fi® During WinHEC Keynote using D-Link® Xtreme N™ Duo MediaBridge™.

WinHEC, Los Angeles, Calif.— D-Link®, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today introduced the new D-Link® Xtreme N™ Duo MediaBridge™ which allows users to add 5GHz Draft 802.11n capabilities to an existing router. Wireless 802.11n operating at 5GHz makes it possible to stream high-definition (HD) multimedia content throughout the home, from PCs to home entertainment centers, with minimal interference and congestion from legacy (2.4GHz) networks. The new D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge (DAP-1555) helps avoid interference by allowing the user to use the 5GHz frequency band to provide a stable high-performance wireless link for streaming HD video and more.

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge will be on stage today at the Microsoft® WinHEC event along with the D-Link Xtreme N™ Gigabit Router (DIR-655) during Bill Gates’ keynote in which he will demonstrate the ability to move multiple HD streams from PCs running Windows Vista to Media Center Extender devices.

To provide Draft 802.11n wireless performance to an existing router, the DAP-1555 attaches to an Ethernet port and then sends the dual-band draft 11n signal throughout the home. Users can utilize two MediaBridge adapters for optimal performance by connecting one to the router and the second to an Ethernet capable device in the home entertainment center. The D-Link DAP-1555 can connect up to five devices -- including game consoles, Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and Digital Media Adapters (DMA) -- all at the same time.

“When it comes to delivering superior wireless performance, clarity and coverage, the Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge is the ideal centerpiece for the home wireless network,” said Brian Larsen, associate vice president of product development for D-Link Systems, Inc. “It’s easy to install, add or upgrade to any home network and provides the best wireless technology available for viewing HD video.”

“Windows Vista™ is designed to provide PC users a superior multimedia experience, as well as the ability to enjoy that experience elsewhere in their homes,” said Glenn Ward, group partner manager for Windows Rally at Microsoft Corp. “We are extremely pleased that our collaboration with D-Link has resulted in a product that helps consumers make the Windows Vista vision a reality.”

The DAP-1555 includes D-Link’s MediaBand™ technology, which is the best technology available to help provide a stable high-performance wireless link for streaming multiple HD videos. By allowing users to operate in a clear wireless band for multimedia streams, it avoids interference that may slow down and limit the range of current wireless technologies such as 802.11b/g and draft 802.11n.

The Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge is the latest addition to the award-winning Xtreme N product family. The DAP-1555 works with next generation dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n wireless devices as well as legacy 802.11a/b/g products. It is designed for users looking to get a faster wireless connection capable of handling HD video streams while providing the maximum home coverage they need.

Key Features and Benefits:

* IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0), 802.11g, 802.11b, and 802.11a-compliant
* Xtreme N Duo technology for superior wireless performance
* MediaBand™ technology for an enhanced media experience
* Includes WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup™) for simple push-button wireless network configuration
* Supports secure wireless encryption using WEP, WPA™ or WPA2™
* 5-Port 10/100 switch
* UPnP™ support
* 24/7 advanced technical support and 1-Year limited warranty

Price and Availability

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge with MediaBand technology (DAP-1555) is expected to ship in early Q3 to the company’s network of retail outlets, value-added resellers and distributors. Pricing will be announced when the product ships.


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