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A New, Improved Wireless Router

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, October 9, 2008

A new, improved, wireless router. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With the growing popularity of new video streaming devices and services...from Netflix, Vudu, Amazon and others... lots of wireless networking equipment in the home is being taxed beyond what it was designed to do. D-Link is tackling that issue with a new wireless router....the DIR-825. What makes it different? Marketing engineer Joe Melfi...

"The nice thing about this is, it's a dual band simultaneous. You can use both the 2.4 gigahertz, which is what people are mostly used to. It's the 11b and 11g wireless channel. And it also has the 5 gigahertz. So 11n allows you to do both. People would wonder, well what could I do with both of those channels. Well what we recommend to people is you use your 2.4 gigahertz for your normal file sharing and Internet access. But then use the 5 gigahertz channel to put your media streaming on. So you don't interfere. You can download large files and you can play a high definition video and they're on different network channels so they don't interfere with each other. But there's a really nice feature that we came up with that we put onto the 825 router. It's what we call SharePort. The USB port on the back is used for sharing USB devices."

The USB port on the router can be used to share printers, scanners, hard drives or even devices plugged into a USB hub. The D-Link Dir-825 has a list price of about two hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.