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D-Link has fastest 802.11n technology

D-Link has the fastest Draft 802.11n technology on the market for its home networking products, according to recently filed industry tests. The tests were performed by octoScope, a Boston-area consulting firm that conducts competitive product performance testing, and were staged in real-life home and office environments. According to octoScope, the Draft 802.11n equipment from several vendors was enabled with the most current software available from the vendors at the time of the tests.

Extensive short and long-range tests verifying the throughput and video performance versus a range of Draft 802.11n equipment concluded:

“The measured data reveals that the D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme N(TM) Gigabit Router is the top performer in its 3×3 (antenna) class and across the board.”

Test results also noted “the DIR-655 will let you watch high-quality HDTV even at 150 feet since it maintains about 20 megabits (Mbps) of throughput at that distance.” In addition, the report found that the D-Link DIR-625 RangeBooster N(R) Router topped the 2×2 (antenna) categories in the home and office, producing an HDTV range of 180 feet in both settings. The video test was designed to demonstrate video prioritization performance of three gigabit-capable routers chosen for evaluation: the D-Link(R) DIR-655, the Linksys(R) WRT350N and the Netgear(R) WNR854T. All three feature Gigabit Ethernet local-area network (LAN) ports with sufficient bandwidth to support a multimedia server sourcing multiple video streams. “Among this group the D-Link DIR-655 came in first,” the study concluded.

The 802.11n standard, currently in draft form, is the new generation of WLAN technology delivering significant improvement in throughput and useful range over legacy 802.11b and 11g equipment. In the home, Draft 802.11n provides triple play coverage including video distribution through a typical house to multiple TV sets.

In the enterprise/office environment, once ratified, 802.11n will support mission-critical applications with throughput, QoS and security rivaling 100Base-T. Coupled with current security protocols, Draft 802.11n’s performance makes it an easy-to-install alternative to computer cabling. The D-Link Xtreme N and RangeBooster N products are based on XSPAN draft 2.0 802.11n technology from Atheros(R).

*Based on June 19, 2007 octoScope Report. Full report.

Tags: D-Link, Wi-Fi, Wireless, 802.11n

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