D-Link finally gets it right with its new hybrid router.
D-Link's DHP-1565 hybrid router is shown at CES 2012 with the company's Wi-Fi/Powerline adapter.
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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, the company demoed the all-new Amplifi Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router (DHP-1565). This is part of the company's Cloud Services, which also includes a sub-US$50 cloud router (DIR-605L) and the flagship DIR-857 that were also announced at the show.
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 we consider "must-have" features for routers and a power-line device: gigabit Ethernet and support for the latest 500Mbps Powerline A/V standard. And that's exactly what the DHP-1565 has in its arsenal, and then some.
Add support for true dual-band and 450Mbps wireless speed, and D-Link's Amplifi Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router is the only router that offers the best among all home-networking standards.
In a nutshell, it's an all-in-one router that combines Wireless-N (802.11n), gigabit Ethernet and the high-speed Powerline A/V standard in one box. The unique feature of the DHP-1565 is the fact that its power cord also works as the first power-line adapter. This means that you only need to add another power-line adapter to a different power socket in your house, or the office, to have yourself a complete power-line network.
According to D-Link, when used with other Powerline AV 500 adapters, the DHP1565 offers sustained throughput speeds up to a 500Mbps data rate via the house's electrical wiring. That's almost five times faster than the speed of a traditional Ethernet connection — in theory. The good thing about power line is the fact that it has a much lower latency than Wi-Fi, and can work at the far corner of the house where Wi-Fi signals can't reach.
At the show, D-Link also demonstrated the router's capability to combine both power-line and Wi-Fi signals when coupled with a Wi-Fi bridge that also supports the Powerline A/V 500 standard. In this case, the router was able to balance the two to offer the best data rates.
Other features of the all-new Amplifi Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router include:
- 300Mbps Wireless-N standard
- USB 2.0 port with SharePort Plus for sharing USB printers or storage devices across a network
- Intelligent Antenna Technology eliminates dead spots
- Common Connect Button for easy power-line and wireless set-up
- Built-in QoS Engine for enhanced internet experience
- Whole-home coverage without using extra network cables.
Obviously, the DHP-1565 isn't perfect, since it lacks the support for true dual-band and the latest 450Mbps speed of Wireless-N. However, to D-Link's credit, the router is one of a few, if not the only, router on the market that offers the value of a hybrid solution.
It's safe to say that when coupled with other Powerline A/V adapters, such as the D-Link PowerLine AV 500 4-Port Gigabit Switch, it will definitely make the guys who love playing games in the basement happy. If you find yourself in this demographic, note that the Amplifi Wireless N PowerLine Gigabit Router will be available immediately after CES 2012, with an estimated price of around US$160.