June 11, 2014 by Rachel Cericola
There are so many Bluetooth, AirPlay and Wi-Fi speaker options out there. But what do you do if you like your existing speakers? Think about adding something like the D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender.
Also known as the DCH-M225, this compact product allows you to stream music from smartphones and tablets to almost any connected speaker or home theater. It works with speakers that have a 3.5mm audio jack and connects to portables via your home’s Wi-Fi connection.
Because it’s so compact, it’s easy to move from room to room—which may be useful in those spots that don’t have such great Wi-Fi service. That’s because the DCH-M225 doubles as a wireless range extender. That basically means it can extend your wireless network and eliminate those dead zones.
Packed with Wireless N technology, the DCH-M225 boasts speeds up to 300Mbps and a one-button installation. Other features include DLNA and AirPlay support, compatibility with 802.11ac/n/g/b devices, and WPA/WPA2 security.
“What sets the Wi-Fi Audio Extender apart from many others on the market is that it uses Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth technology for higher quality audio and better range throughout the house. Music lovers expect clear sound quality, and this product delivers,” said Ken Loyd, director of consumer product marketing for D-Link Systems, Inc. “For added convenience, it also boosts Wi-Fi coverage in hard-to-reach areas like backyards, basements and upstairs bedrooms, ensuring a great listening experience no matter where you are in the home.”
D-Link is selling the Wi-Fi Audio Extender (DCH-M225) now, with an MSRP of $49.99.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.