July 29, 2008
| by Steven Castle
Want to be green, but are afraid to turn off your Wi-Fi router? Me too. Though now there are three new wireless network routers from D-Link with some cool energy-saving features.
D-Link’s Xtreme DIR-655 N Gigabit Router ($150), DIR-855 N Duo Media Router ($360) and DGL-4500N Gaming Router ($240) feature D-Link’s Green Ethernet technology that can save up to 41-percent in electricity usage when compared with a conventional router. The Green Ethernet technology detects link status and network cable length, then adjusts the power accordingly. D-Link’s Green Ethernet technology is also used in D-Links’s gigabit DGS-2200 series desktop switches.
D-Link says its green Wi-Fi routers achieve optimal energy savings when used with their Wi-Fi Scheduler feature, which provide a radio shutdown option with adjustable start and end times. Under the most favorable conditions, with no wired links active and Wi-Fi turned off, D-Link says power savings of up to 32-percent with the DIR-655, up to 41 percent with the DIR-855, and up to 31 percent with the DGL-4500 may be achieved.
The new D-Link routers also support Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a much larger address space that allows greater flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic, offering benefits such as hierarchical addressing structure, additional security and greater mobility.
The DIR-655, DIR-855 and DGL-4500 are all available now through retail outlets, solution providers and at the company’s online store, www.dlinkshop.com.
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates