January 13, 2009
| by Rachel Cericola
CES 2009 seemed to be all about making that gadget multitask. D-Link’s DIR-685 was a perfect example. This new device takes a 802.11n router, and packs in a photo frame, widget display and storage features.
Just announced, the product is designed to deliver maximum tech features in a minimum amount of space. The 3.2-inch LCD is the perfect size for displaying photos, graphical gauges, and even web content. The unit promises up to 1.6 million colors.
Nifty NAS features include UpnP and BitTorrent support, as well as a built-in FTP server, which allows users to access all stored content from the home network or over the web.
Other features include two key technologies: SharePort enables users to share printers and scanners; and D-Link Green technology promises to automatically adjust power usage based on port and cable activity.
“This router is the ideal solution for the consumer who wants to be the first on his or her block with the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ networking device,” says Daniel Kelley, senior director of marketing for D-Link Systems in Fountain Valley, Calif. “Not only does it offer full functionality as a router/NAS storage/print server/FTP device, it is attractive on any desktop, environmentally friendly and Internet secure.”
Sure, you can be the first one on your block—if you keep calling the stores every week or so. As of now, there’s no release date or pricing info.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.