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Tech-Edge staff report 9/15//02

D-Link announces AirPlus Xtreme G 54Mb/s 802.11g WiFi product line.
Irvine, California -

D-Link, a worldwide leading manufacturer and provider of networking, Broadband and digital electronic technologies, today announced its AirPlus Xtreme G IEEE 802.11g draft compliant wireless networking line of products.

D-Link's new AirPlus Xtreme G products operate at up to 54Mbps bandwidth in the 2.4GHz frequency range, making the D-Link G solution a fast, flexible and scalable combination of speed and range. Available in January 2003, D-Link's 802.11g product line includes the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 Wireless Router with 4-Port Switch and the AirPlus Xtreme G DWL-G650 Wireless CardBus Adapter.

Representing the next step in high-speed wireless networking, the D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G products deliver a superior bandwidth and data rate throughput and are able to provide 54Mpbs bandwidth capabilities in a 2.4GHz environment by employing the technically advanced Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) modulation scheme. OFDM splits the wireless signal into specific frequencies that are evenly spaced over time in order to reduce interference. In the 2.4GHz range, the OFDM modulation ensures a cleaner signal throughout the wireless network compared with the .11b standard Direct Spread Spectrum Sequence (DSSS) modulation to better handle data transmissions.

AirPlus Xtreme G provides superior compatibility in mixed networks with both 802.11b and 802.11g wireless clients. Based on the Intersil Prism GT chipset, Xtreme G is a dual mode chip solution that combines both 802.11b and 802.11g hardware into each unit. Simultaneously with the OFDM modulation scheme, D-Link's AirPlus Xtreme G also employs the Complementary Code Keying (CCK) modulation scheme used in 802.11b. In D-Link's Xtreme G solution, both 11b and 11g clients can transmit their respective data rates, creating a hybrid environment that enables superior execution of communications for clients using either standard.

"Our Xtreme G is fully scalable and gives users the best of both worlds - the high speed performance of 11a and the stability and range of 11b," said Steven Joe, President of D-Link. "The built-in multimode capability delivers superior performance and maximum compatibility when Xtreme G is mixed with existing 11b technology into one homogenous network."

D-Link's 802.11g products also provide 64/128-bit WEP encryption to ensure a more secure transmission. 11 channels in the 2.4GHz range, 3 of which are non-overlapping, reduce Co-Channel Interference to allow more users to connect to the wireless network without causing latency.

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spacer D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 Wireless Router w/4-Port Switch The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 is a 2.4GHz 802.11g wireless Broadband router with robust firewall security features and four (4) 10/100Mbps auto-sensing ports. It enables users to securely share files, Internet access and peripherals with multiple users and can be easily setup and managed through a simple setup wizard and a convenient web-based interface. The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 includes an embedded DHCP server that once enabled will automatically assign IP addresses to wireless clients, allowing other computers to access the local network and Internet seamlessly. The DI-624 has dual high-performance omni-directional detachable antennae as well as power and link status/activity LEDs for at a glance diagnostics.

The DI-624 delivers sophisticated firewall protection, easily configured through the advanced features section of the product's web-based interface. The router features a high performance CPU to support advanced management features such as MAC address authentication, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) and Content Filtering. Advanced logging and filtering features provide information about intruders to the administrator so that the appropriate actions can be taken. Additionally, the DI-624 employs the basic parental control features of URL blocking, Domain blocking and IP address filtering. URL blocking allows parents to block web sites with domain names that contain specific words. Domain blocking allows parents to block specific web sites and related sub sites. IP address filtering allows parents to block any specific IP addresses, even if the URLs change.

D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DWL-G650 CardBus Adapter The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DWL-G650 is a 2.4GHz 802.11g compliant 32-bit wireless CardBus adapter that provides up to 54Mbps of bandwidth. The card easily installs into notebook computers via a plug-n-play installation. An integrated site survey tool allows users to easily find wireless networks within range. Using the configuration software tool, users can configure and save multiple network site profiles to gain access at different locations. The DWL-G650 also provides 64/128-bit WEP encryption for secure data and wireless communications. It features a low-profile internal diversity antenna and power and link status/activity LEDs.

Price and Availability The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G DI-624 Wireless Router and DWL-G650 Wireless CardBus Adapter will be available January 2003 through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price MSRP of $149.99 and Estimated Street Price ESP of $129.99 for the D-Link DI-624 and MSRP of $79.99 and ESP of $69.99 for the D-Link DWL-G650. The D-Link AirPlus Xtreme G products come with a 3 Year Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support including firmware and driver updates.

D-Link WiFi AP's are also Macintosh compatible.


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