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Thursday, January 12, 2012

D-Link's New DHP-1565 Hits the Sweet Spot?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 11:30 PM

http://ces.cnet.com/8301-33368_1-57...-hits-the-spot/

"In my opinion, the DHP-1565 is a much-needed upgrade to its first hybrid router, the DHP-1320 Wireless N PowerLine Router. Nothing is wrong with the DHP-1320. In fact, it's a great router. The only problem is that it lacks both of what I consider "must-have" features for routers and a power-line device: Gigabit Ethernet and support for the latest 500Mbps Powerline AV standard."

If you're not fortunate enough to have ethernet run to the rooms in our house where you need it, and you happen to live in WiFi signal hell, powerline networking is a viable option now. D-Link's new router supports 500Mbps powerline speeds, which is a big boost from where things used to be a few years ago (think two-digit numbers in terms of real-world speeds). I've never implemented powerline networking technology myself - any Digital Home Thoughts done so? How did it work out for you?


Friday, July 22, 2011

D-Link and OpenDNS Team Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/20/d-...to-your-router/

"Today's kids have grown up in a world where the internet has always been around, Google has always been there to help, and having a smartphone is the norm. It only follows that they'd be super comfortable with the web, using it just as proficiently, if not more so, than their parents. That's all well and good, but there's this one pretty huge problem: the internet is dangerous. That's why D-Link and OpenDNS have partnered to put OpenDNS on all new models of consumer model D-Link routers."

I use OpenDNS myself, and in addition to the added benefit of super-snappy DNS performance, the parental controls are a nice touch. Having it integrated at the router level is a great idea, as long as D-Link has improved their usually obscure router user interface. If they haven't, your average parent isn't going to be able to control the OpenDNS settings any easier than they could in the browser. Any other OpenDNS users out there?


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Engadget Reviews the Boxee Box

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/16/...-d-link-review/

"It's a little strange that the Boxee Box by D-Link feels like a late entrant in this year's crowded smart TV market -- the core Boxee software has been around forever, and the Box itself was announced way back in January at CES. But a platform switch from NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chip to Intel's Atom-based CE4100 platform cost Boxee and D-Link valuable time, while the Boxee software went through a dramatic UI transformation from the beta to 1.0. What's more, Boxee's gone from being an upstart rock'n'roll rebel to a legit market player, with a Netflix deal on the books and -- wonder of wonders -- an agreement to bring Hulu Plus to the Boxee Box sometime next year. That's a lot of changes, and, quite frankly, a lot of hype -- Boxee's dedicated fans are expecting the small company and its asymmetrical Box to show up no less than Apple and Google. So have Boxee CEO Avner Ronen and company pulled it off?"

Engadget has put the Boxee Box through its paces, and the end result is mixed: they feel it's the most capable media streamer on the market, with strong codec (file format) support, but at the moment it's more of a rough draft than a finished product. I've had one for a bit over a week now, and feel similarly - it's an extremely powerful product with lots of potential, but out of the box there are more than a few glitches. Read more...


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Boxee Box Delayed Until November

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2010/06...e-on-google-tv/

"Avner Ronen has posted a blog entry stating that the Boxee Box from D-Link will be available this November. He attributes the delay to wanting to provide 1080p HD video playback from the web and local network shares, hardware acceleration support via Flash 10.1, and new to the mix... a TV web browser (most likely in an effort to compete with Google TV). Target price: "just under $200.""

If you were hoping to have your hands on the Boxee Box which was promised Q2 2010, then you'll have to wait a little bit longer. Boxee admitted on their blog that the 'time-frame proved overly ambitious' and that they will now be releasing it in November. A good guess is that one of the reasons for delay was the wait for the latest version of flash to be released, but with Google rumoured to be releasing their new TV box around the same time, that delay could hurt.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Check Out the Boxee Box Interface - This Thing is Slick

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:33 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/08/...ace-demo-video/

"We're already gone hands-on with the Boxee Box and its sweet QWERTY RF remote, but now that we know there's a dual-core Tegra 2 in there it's time for a little interface demo with founder Avner Ronen."

I got a chance to spend some time with the Boxee interface, and I have to say, it impressed me. For years, I've watched companies crank out some great made-in-Taiwan NAS/media streamer hardware with good codec support and lots of features, shackled by a brain-dead made-in-Taiwan user interface. It's kept me from every purchasing a device - but Boxee has such a great UI that I think I may use this as the main interface to my media...leaving the loud, streaming/codec-crippled Xbox 360 behind. Boxee and D-Link may have hit a home run with this thing - check out the demo over at Engadget.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

D-Link Ships Jack-of-all-Trades DIR-685

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.electronista.com/article...router.now.out/

"D-Link has began shipping its Xtreme N DIR-685 all-in-one router that was first introduced back at CES in January. The device has a built-in draft N Wi-Fi module that allows it to communicate with network attached storage devices and a 3.2-inch LCD screen that lets it play streaming video or double as a digital photo frame."

Routers have gotten boring as of late. With no new wireless standards to push, and router speeds well in excess of what we can normally get through broadband, companies are looking for ways to get our hard earned money, and that leads to adding functions to their routers! In a sense, it makes sense. Routers do pack quite a bit of horsepower these days, and one might as well take advantage of it, especially since they tend to be considerably power sippers compared to a dedicated server. In fact, you see much the same thing happening to NAS devices. The DIR-685 does pretty much everything you would want, shy of being a full blown computer itself. I have seen routers with displays before, and considering where routers usually get placed, I tend to wonder about the utility of such a feature, but when a router costs $300, I guess you have to have something to explain the cost!


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Barb Says: Need a Media Center Extender? Skip Linksys, go for the D-Link

Posted by Jeremy Charette in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 10:00 AM

http://blogs.digitalmediaphile.com/...an+Linksys.aspx

"Out of the box, the DSM-750 blows the dinky Linksys DMA 2100 out of the water. Solid construction and a nice looking peripheral that doesn't look like cheap plastic in my living room. The DMA 2100 has no optical SPDIF (RCA flavor digital SPDIF only) and worse, does not see Atheros based SSID's and probably some other brands. The DMA 2100 only has two antennae. D-Link has all the ports and three antennae, which really helps with wireless connectivity ."

A Pinto and a Ferrari will get you from A to B, but you're going enjoy the ride in the Ferrari alot more Seems like Linksys has made a Pinto. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't given manufacturers a reference design to use. It would seem to make for a much more consistent user experience.


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