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D-Link introduces Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge
Press release, May 16; Eric Mah, DIGITIMES

D-Link has introduced its new D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge which allows users to add 5GHz Draft 802.11n capabilities to an existing router.

Wireless 802.11n operating at 5GHz makes it possible to stream high-definition (HD) multimedia content throughout the home, from PCs to home entertainment centers, with minimal interference and congestion from legacy (2.4GHz) networks, according to the company. The new D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge (DAP-1555) helps avoid interference by allowing the user to use the 5GHz frequency band to provide a stable high-performance wireless link for streaming HD video and more.

To provide Draft 802.11n wireless performance to an existing router, the DAP-1555 attaches to an Ethernet port and then sends the dual-band draft 11n signal throughout the home. Users can utilize two MediaBridge adapters for optimal performance by connecting one to the router and the second to an Ethernet capable device in the home entertainment center. The D-Link DAP-1555 can connect up to five devices – including game consoles, Digital Video Recorders (DVR) and Digital Media Adapters (DMA) – all at the same time.

The DAP-1555 includes D-Link's MediaBand technology, which helps provide a stable high-performance wireless link for streaming multiple HD videos, according to D-Link. By allowing users to operate in a clear wireless band for multimedia streams, it avoids interference that may slow down and limit the range of current wireless technologies such as 802.11b/g and draft 802.11n.

The Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge is the latest addition D-Link's Xtreme N product family. The DAP-1555 works with next generation dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n wireless devices as well as legacy 802.11a/b/g products. It is designed for users looking to get a faster wireless connection capable of handling HD video streams while providing the maximum home coverage they need.

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge with MediaBand technology (DAP-1555) is expected to ship early in the third quarter to D-Link's network of retail outlets, value-added resellers and distributors. Pricing will be announced when the product ships.

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