Thursday, July 31, 2008

Connecting to Green: D-Link’s Environmentally Conscious Wireless Router

The following is a guest post from Erin Laing from CXTEC

The introduction of D-Link’s Xtreme NT line of wireless routers has created a new green initiative for Wi-Fi computer networking. This new technology adds eco-friendly features that have the potential of reducing the devices’ power consumption by 40% without sacrificing the performance of PC gaming, or more popular game consoles such as Microsoft XBOX and Sony Playstation families. A packet-processing engine integrates into the router, providing bandwidth priority over other applications. It also supports the latest wireless networking security standards, which package Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA-2), and advanced firewall features.

In order to reduce power emissions, the new features automatically detect link statuses and network cable length and then adjust the power accordingly. The new routers, which connect through network cables, will also feature Wi-Fi scheduling which allows customers to program Wi-Fi radio signals that can be turned on and off to further save energy consumption. Although this aspect may not be original, D-Link has allowed this feature to be easier than competitive models and also provides a user-selectable radio shutdown option that is adjustable by day and start/end times.

These products are RoHS and WEEE-compliant. This means they are officially certified and safe from hazardous materials and made of recycled materials to be disposed of properly. Furthermore, the routers support IPv6. Prices range from $150-$350.

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