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Hot off the Press - News
by Chuck Brown, Assoc Editor

D-Link 1st to release Wireless Videophone, AirPlus DVC-1100 i2eye VideoPhone
December 17th, 2003

Adding to the popular success and critical media acclaim for the original Ethernet connected D-Link i2eye Videophone (see our review here), D-link has announced the release of the worlds first WLAN Wireless Broadband Videophone. The wireless i2eye easily turns any TV into a broadband videophone; all you need to have is an existing wireless network in your home or business and a broadband connection with a static IP address. You won’t need to run an Ethernet cable to this unit as you did with the original 12Eye.

The Wireless i2Eye DVC-1100 can also display real-time streaming video images and audio at up to 30 frames per second. It also has the best and easiest Setup Utility that we’ve ever tested in our review of the original model.

The following is quoted from the D-Link Press Release:

"We are excited to be the first company to introduce a wireless broadband videophone," said Steven Joe, President and CEO of D-Link. "This new wireless version will make it even easier to set up and install from the i2eye remote control and built-in intuitive Setup Wizard, which includes a site survey tool for automatically connecting to an existing wireless network."

Featuring an adjustable tilt/focus camera lens and advanced video compression technology, the new D-Link i2eye (DVC-1100) streams video at up to 30 frames per second so video can be viewed with minimal frame loss. The wireless i2eye streams full-duplex audio to the television speakers so that users can speak naturally with one another through the unit's built-in microphone.

Users can take advantage of the free i2eye directory service that registers the unit with an easy-to-remember phone number for direct dialing. There are no service fees, contracts, or subscriptions and the directory service will also

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automatically notify users when i2eye software upgrades are available and will automatically download the upgrades when requested.

The new i2eye VideoPhone strictly adheres to the latest ITU standards for video conferencing. Using the ITU-based H.323 protocol for video streaming over the Internet allows i2eye to connect to other devices based on the same protocol for communications, including popular Web-based videoconferencing applications such as Microsoft NetMeeting. The i2eye address bookstores up to 50 IP addresses or registered i2eye ID numbers so making outbound calls is effortless.

The D-Link wireless i2eye can be set to display video calls in either picture-in-picture or full screen mode and automatically adjusts contrast levels for a perfect picture. Privacy controls are set at various levels using i2eye's simple onscreen menus. Video Privacy allows callers to hear but not see the receivers, Audio Privacy allows callers to see but not hear receivers and Do Not Disturb will reject incoming calls altogether. When an inbound call is detected by i2eye the incoming caller's information is displayed on screen while either the integrated ringer sounds or a connected phone rings. Users can then accept or reject the call, which is displayed full screen or picture-in-picture.

The D-Link DVC-1100 is IEEE 802.11b standard and compliant with both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking technologies. Advanced wireless security features including SSID filtering and 64/128/256 bit WEP encryption ensure the security of the wireless transmissions.

* Standard NTSC or PAL format television with RCA video jack

Price and Availability
The D-Link AirPlus Wireless i2eye VideoPhone will be available in December through authorized retail, reseller and distribution partners at $249 Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) with a $229 Estimated Street Price (ESP). The D-Link AirPlus i2eye VideoPhone comes with a 1 Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support including firmware updates.



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