Free Upgrade for D-Link Xtreme G Products Provide Complete Standards Compatibility with Other 802.11b/g Products and Deliver Enhanced Performance by up to 45% Without and 144% With Channel Bonding
Fountain Valley, CA, March 16, 2004 - D -Link, the global leading manufacturer of broadband, wireless, and networking hardware for Home and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) environments today announced a new firmware upgrade for Xtreme G, the Industry's Fastest 802.11g Wireless Network, that provides consumers with new levels of standardization with all standard -based 802.11g and 11b networks, featuring advanced compatibility and interoperability by employing a dynamic sensing mode to embrace all wireless technologies from a compatibility standpoint while enhancing network performance of up to 45% in standard G mode and up to 144% in Super G mode. This new free firmware upgrade gives Xtreme G products the added ability to sniff out nearby networks operating on the same channel, then automatically engage or disengage performance features to maximize network performance and interoperability. D -Link Xtreme G products are completely backward compatible with the existing installed base of 802.11g and 802.11b products and include additional security options to further protect computers and users on the network. The free Xtreme G upgrade will be available as a downloadable upgrade from www.dlink.com later this month.
Users benefit from the following features of the free D -Link Xtreme G product upgrade:
· Delivers Industry Leading Compatibility and Interoperability and Significantly Enhanced Performance with All Standard -Compliant 802.11g Products
· Real -World Wireless Network Performance Can Be Enhanced by Up to 45%* in Standard G mode · Real -World Wireless Network Performance Can Be Enhanced by Up to 144% * in Super G mode with channel bonding turned on
· Maximum Interoperability with Standard -Compliant 802.11b Products
· New Free Firmware Upgrade Creates Dynamic Radio Sensitivity for All Wireless Devices - Designed to Limit Interference to Other Nearby 802.11g and 802.11b Wireless Networks
· Users Have Choice to Enhance Network Performance or Remain at 54Mbps 802.11g Speeds · Performance Enhancement Comes as a Free Upgrade to D -Link Xtreme G - No Extra Cost
"Our increased market share underscores the overall popularity and consumer acceptance of our Xtreme G product line," said AJ Wang, D -Link C.T.O. and Sr. VP of Technology. "This new upgrade creates an unsurpassed level of standards compliance (802.11g) for the D -Link Xtreme G product line."
Working closely with chipmaker Atheros to release the latest firmware, D -Link delivers the best possible performance of the Xtreme G 108Mbps networking products while continuing to ensure no -risk compatibility and unsurpassed compliance to standards -based products. With this new firmware, when channel bonding is engaged, the Xtreme G product scans every 60 seconds for any other active wireless network within its range. The product automatically switches to a single channel whenever it detects another active wireless network within its range. If no other network is active, the Xtreme G products automatically engage channel bonding in order to provide the maximum available throughput.
Users will experience a 45%* performance enhancement in standard G mode and will experience an unparalleled 144%* performance enhancement when all Super G features, including channel bonding, are turned on.
D -Link Xtreme G users also continue to have the option to enhance throughput without using channel bonding, remaining compatible with all standard 802.11g and 802.11b networks, or can choose to use IEEE compliant 802.11g -only mode.
The D -Link Xtreme G products enhance throughput by using technologies such as Channel Bonding, Packet Bursting, FastFrames and hardware compression and encryption while remaining completely compatible with the 802.11g standard. They also feature robust security to protect the wireless network from intruders, complying with the latest wireless networking security protocols, including WEP encryption and Wi -Fi Protected Access (WPA) support for both 802.1x and WPA -PSK.
D -Link's Xtreme G wireless networking solution includes the Xtreme G DI -624 Wireless Router with 4 -port switch, the Xtreme G DWL -G650 Wireless CardBus Adapter, Xtreme G DWL -G520 Wireless PCI Adapter, the DWL -G810 Wireless to Ethernet Bridge and the Xtreme G DWL -2000AP Wireless Access Point.
*Actual real -world throughput will depend upon a number of factors including network range, network environment, number of users and environmental and building conditions.
Pricing and Availability
The D -Link Xtreme G firmware update for existing Atheros -based D -Link Xtreme G wireless products will be available as a free download at the D -Link web site (www.dlink.com) beginning in late March. The D -Link Xtreme G products are currently available through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners at a at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price MSRP of $119.99 and Estimated Street Price ESP of $99.99 for the D -Link DI -624, an MSRP of $79.99 and ESP of $69.99 for the D -Link DWL -G650, an MSRP of $79.99 and ESP of $69.99 for the D -Link DWL -G520, an MSRP of $119.99 and ESP of $108 for the DWL -2000AP and an MSRP of $109.99 and ESP of $99.99 for the DWL -G810. The D -Link Xtreme G products come with a 3 Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support including firmware and driver updates.
About D -Link
Founded in 1986, D -Link is the global leader in wireless and Ethernet networking for both consumer and SOHO users according to a recent Synergy Research report for 2003. Ranked by BusinessWeek as one of the top 100 Information technology companies, D -Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With more than a million square feet of manufacturing capacity and millions of Ethernet adapters, hubs and switch ports, manufactured and shipped, D -Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D -Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Latin American headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326 -1688 or (714) 885 -6000; FAX (866) 743 -4610; Internet www.dlink.com.