D-Link Rolls Out USB Host Capability to Older 802.11n Routers with SharePort Upgrade

If you’re one of the lucky owners of a D-Link DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-855, or DGL-4500 802.11n router, you’ll be happy to learn that D-Link is now providing a firmware + client utility (free of charge) that upgrades your device and turns its USB port into a USB host / networking bridge. The new feature, marketed as “SharePort,” will enable multiple users to access a variety of USB devices – like printers and external storage devices – from any location in the home via a wired or wireless connection.

D-Link Offers Free Upgrade For Xtreme N™ Routers To Enable SharePort™ Technology For Sharing USB Devices Across Home Or Small Office Network

Whether it’s scanning a homework assignment, printing a business proposal, or saving family photos, sometimes the device you need isn’t where you need it to be.

But with the new D-Link® SharePort™ technology, now available on all D-Link Xtreme N™ Gigabit Router models, multiple users can share USB devices – including printers, multi-function printers (MFP), and external hard drives – from any location in the home or office, in a Wi-Fi environment.

SharePort turns the local USB port located on the back of the 802.11n family of Wi-Fi routers into a fast and responsive virtual port so users can access a range of USB devices, by utilizing a new technology of USB over TCP/IP.

The innovative SharePort USB network-bridging feature is available on D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router models – the DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855 and DGL-4500 Gaming Router with GameFuel™. The SharePort technology upgrade is also available on the RangeBooster N DIR-628. Current owners of those routers will be able to upgrade to SharePort technology by downloading the latest firmware and client utility from the D-Link website, www.dlink.com.

“By adding SharePort USB-sharing technology to our Xtreme N wireless router product line, we are further meeting the consumer’s need for the most sought-after features of network functionality, and offering the ideal centerpiece for a wireless network in the digital home or small office,” said Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems, Inc. in Fountain Valley, Calif.

D-Link also today began shipping a new Xtreme N™ Dual Band Gigabit Router (DIR-825) featuring dual band access that simultaneously creates two networks to provide superior clarity, faster Wi-Fi and wired gigabit speeds, HD Fuel™ enhanced Quality of Service (QoS), and SharePort technology.

D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Routers are also Green, including D-Link Green Ethernet™ technology that uses an innovative, energy-saving feature to automatically detect link status and network cable length, and then adjusts power accordingly. The D-Link routers also feature Wi-Fi scheduling that allows customers to easily program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and off to further save energy consumption.

Price and Availability

SharePort will be available in D-Link’s family of high-end 802.11n routers – the DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855 and DGL-4500* – which are sold through D-Link’s vast network of computer retailers, etailers and online store, www.dlinkshop.com. Current owners can access the benefits of the SharePort features free of charge by downloading the firmware and client utility from the D-Link website, www.dlink.com.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, Calif., 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.

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