D-Link Systems Inc. announced that Macintosh users can take advantage of the free upgrade for Xtreme N and RangeBooster N routers to enable D-Link's SharePort technology for sharing printers, multi-function printers (MFP) and virtually any other USB (universal serial bus) device from any location in the home or office, in either a wired or Wi-Fi environment.
SharePort turns the local USB port located on the back of select 802.11n Wi-Fi routers into a fast and responsive virtual port, so users can access a range of USB devices, by utilizing a new technology of USB over TCP/IP.
The SharePort USB network-bridging feature is included on the new D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Router models - the DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855, DGL-4500 Gaming Router with GameFuel and the D-Link RangeBooster N DIR-628. It also will be available on the upcoming DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router with digital photo frame, NAS (network attached storage) storage and print server capabilities.
Current owners of those routers, now using either PC and Macintosh computers, will be able to upgrade to SharePort technology by downloading the latest firmware and client utility from the D-Link website.
"SharePort has been one of the most popular and well-received upgrades to our 802.11n routers by PC users," said Daniel Kelley, senior director of marketing, D-Link Systems in Fountain Valley, California "We are pleased that Mac users also will be able to benefit from our SharePort USB-sharing technology available with our Xtreme N and RangeBooster N wireless router product lines. In offering this free upgrade we are further meeting the consumer's need for the most sought-after features of network functionality, and offering the ideal centrepiece for a wireless network in the digital home or small office."
Another key feature of D-Link Xtreme N Gigabit Routers is D-Link Green, incorporating technology that uses an energy-saving feature to automatically detect link status and network cable length, and then adjusts power accordingly. Also, a Wi-Fi scheduling feature allows customers to program when the Wi-Fi radio signals are turned on and off to further save energy consumption.
SharePort for Mac users is available in D-Link's line of high-end 802.11n routers - the DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855 and DGL-4500, which are sold through D-Link's network of computer retailers, e-tailers and online store. Current PC users with D-Link 802.11n routers can access the benefits of the SharePort features free of charge by downloading the firmware and client utility from the D-Link website.