New 3G Mobile Broadband Wireless Routers DIR-450 and DIR-451 launched by D-Link Systems

D-Link DIR-450 and DIR-451

D-Link Systems Inc.has just launched a new series of 3G mobile broadband wireless routers that blend Wi-Fi networking technology and a wireless broadband network. The new family of 3G mobile broadband wireless routers has been designed to make it easy for consumers who are on-the-go, field technicians and mobile professionals to access and share and Internet connection from virtually anywhere.

The new family of D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Routers is available in two versions namely the DIR-450 (EV-DO) and the DIR-451 (UMTS/HSDPA). Basically, with these new routers from D-Link, users are able to create an 802.11g/b-compatible wireless hotspot anywhere within a range of a cellular network.

Just by plugging a compatible 3G notebook adapter into the D-Link 3G Mobile Router’s built-in card bus slot, users will be able to get access immediately to EV-DO, UMTS or HSDPA networks. The D-Link router can then share this signal via 802.11g/b Wi-Fi technology to notebooks, PCs as well as to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

According to Brian Larsen, associate vice president of product development for D-Link Systems Inc., “These routers are ideal in situations where a wired broadband connection, such as T1, cable or DSL, is not available. For instance, once users insert a notebook adapter into their D-Link 3G Wireless Mobile Router and create a wireless ‘hotspot’, they can then check their email, browse the Web, access their company network and share information with colleagues in ‘virtual meetings’. This solution is significant to the market by enabling communications at temporary work sites such as construction or disaster areas, concerts and others.”

Both the DIR-450 and the DIR-451 versions of the 3G mobile routers support the latest wireless security features to prevent unauthorized acess that includes WEP, WPA and WPA2. This ensures a secure Wi-Fi network regardless of the connected devices. The new 3G mobile routers from D-Link also use dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) in order to prevent potential Internet attacks.

Installation of the D-Link Mobile Wireless Routers as a wireless network takes just a few minutes, and it can easily configure the user’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) settings so as to establish high-speed Internet connectivity.

Moreover, the built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch allows seamless connection of Ethernet-based devices.

Small-to-medium-sized businesses can maximize their investment with a mobile Internet access subscription by using the D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Router rather than a fixed broadband Internet solution, that requires paying additional fees for cable or DSL. The 3G routers not only give additional communications freedom to the mobile user, they also offer the carriers increased value-added revenue opportunities.

The D-Link DIR-450 (EV-DO) is compatible with the Kyocera KPC 650, Novatel V620 and Sprint PC-5740 notebook adapters, and the Audiovox 8940, Kyocera KX18 and Samsung A890 cell phones. Compatible notebook adapters for the DIR-451 are the Novatel Wireless Merlin U530 and U730, Option Wireless GT 3G Quad, Sierra Wireless AirCard 860 and Sony Ericsson GC89.

Advanced firewall features include Network Address Translation (NAT); Media Access Control (MAC) and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and Website filtering; scheduling and Virtual Private Network (VPN) pass-through via Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP) and Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT) and IP Security (IPSec).

Additional features of the D-Link 3G Mobile Wireless Routers are:

  • Built-in 10/100Mbps switch that allows users to connect up to four wired Ethernet-enabled networking devices. Auto MDIX detects use of crossover or straight cables.
  • Integrated 802.11g access point (AP) for wireless LAN support
  • 16/32-bit PCMCIA slot WAN interface for mobile broadband connection. Hot insertion protection provided for safe adapter installation.
  • Integrated 802.11b/g wireless access point with detachable antenna allows connection of booster antenna.
  • Static and dynamic routing simplifies IP addressing on local network.
  • Supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for easy device discovery on local network.
  • Integrated Web interface allows configuration through PC Web browser.
  • Supports Network Time Protocol (NTP) for synchronizing with a real-time server to keep accurate time.
  • The company said that without a mobile broadband connection data card, the DIR-450 and DIR-451 work as standard 802.11g wireless routers, such as the D-Link RangeBooster G models.

    The D-Link DIR-450 is available for a price of $299.99 through D-Link’s network of retailers, online retailers and at the D-Link online store<. The DIR-451 is scheduled to begin shipping later this quarter with the price to be announced at that time.