At the rate D-Link is going, it might as well put a bullet in this product and move on. The company hasn't even fully recovered from its recall of the product for an assembly error. And now the much-delayed dual-band draft 11n router seems to have disappeared from web retailers' shelves.
A Pricegrabber search returns a "no sellers listed for this product" and the product has disappeared completely from NewEgg.
We've asked D-Link for comment and will post an update when we hear back.
If you're looking for a cheap way to upgrade to draft 802.11n wireless and want to do it the Linksys way, keep an eye peeled for sales.
We've learned that Linksys will be discontinuing its least-expensive WRT150N when current inventory runs out. This will leave the WRT160N, which was introduced in January as Linksys' only entry-level draft 802.11n router.
D-Link is in the process of pulling back a small number of its long-awaited DIR-855 dual-band draft 802.11n routers to fix an assembly error.
D-Link Director of Marketing Dan Kelly responded quickly to our query about a posting on the BroadbandReports.com D-Link forum, with the following statement:
Siemens Communications today announced its HiPath Wireless 802.11n solution that it claims is the first to provide full dual-band 3x3 MIMO draft 802.11n functionality that complies with the 802.3af Power-over Ethernet (PoE) standard.
The product line includes the new AP3610 (internal antenna) and AP3620 (external antenna) 802.11n HiPath Wireless Access Points, V5 R1 of HiPath Wireless Convergence Software and a new version of HiPath Wireless Manager HiGuard that delivers advanced management and WIPS security for 802.11n-enabled networks.
Siemens' HiPath Wireless solution will begin shipping in March. The new HiPath Wireless Access Points will sell for $1,300. Upgrades to the HiPath Wireless Convergence Software will start at $349 and HiPath Wireless Manager HiGuard upgrades are available free of charge.
Apple today introduced Time Capsule, a networked backup appliance that automatically backs up everything on one or more Macs running the latest Leopard OS.
Time Capsule comes in 500 GB and 1 TB versions and looks like an Apple Airport Extreme. It works in conjunction with Leopard's Time Machine feature to continuously and automatically back up all networked Macs via either Ethernet or wireless LAN connections.
It also is a fully-functioning dual-band (single radio) draft 802.11n wireless router with built-in USB print server. Other features include three gigabit LAN and one gigabit WAN Ethernet ports and support for WPA/WPA2 and WEP wireless security.
Time Capsule will be available next month for MSRPs of $299 and $499 for the 500GB and 1TB versions.
Marvell today announced an 802.11n 3x3 WLAN solution with three spatial streams, capable of operating at 450 Mbps.
The Marvell TopDog 11n-450 uses "Marvell-engineered enhancements" to the draft 11n specification, such as Special Time Block Coding (STBC), that helps maintain higher throughput over longer distances.
The new device delivers 3x3 capabilities with three transmitters and three receivers, and is built on a 90-nanometer (nm) CMOS process.
The product is currently sampling.and is expected to begin shipping "in volume" in 2Q08.
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