Wednesday, 11 November 2015 09:37

D-Link Taipan – world’s first AC3200 router

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Faster, cheaper, better – the NASA mantra applies to the D-Link AC3200 – currently the world’s fastest router.

For those that don’t know a router connects to the ADSL phone line, or a Cable gateway, or if it ever comes the NBN VDSL. It then distributes broadband via Ethernet or Wi-Fi LAN throughout your home or business.

AC speeds have gone from 750, 900, 1200, 1300, 1750, 1900, 2600 and now 3200. The next is 5300 and D-Link showed a prototype that will be out early next year.

Wi-Fi bands (strength) has gone from single 2.4GHz; to dual 2.4GHz and 5GHz; to tri-band 2.4Ghz and two 5Ghz; to multiuser, multiple input and multiple output (MU-MIMO) – all increasing Wi-Fi reach and strength.

The TAIPAN (DSL-4320L) looks something like a stealth bomber – sombre, very fast, deadly effective.

It is an 802.11 a/b/g/AC (N600 [2.4GHz] + AC1300 [5GHz] + AC1300 [5GHz]) Wi-Fi Modem Router that uses Tri-Band Wi-Fi and D-Link’s unique Smart Connect technology which seamlessly distributes traffic over the three dedicated Wi-Fi networks for maximum performance.

D-Link ANZ MD Graeme Reardon said “MU-MIMO is absolutely the next big thing in Wi-Fi but there are very few devices that can use it – effectively it is then reduced to a dual band router. Tri-Band has an extra 5GHz high speed band that can be used for data streaming like video, audio, or games without affecting other users.”

TAIPAN also raises the bar in terms of speed and security with its 1GHz dual-core processor producing some of the industry’s fastest routing speeds and its Dual Active Firewalls (NAT/SPI) firmly in place controlling traffic and helping to prevent exploits and intrusions. There is also Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) to quickly and securely add additional devices to any network and industry-standard WPA/WPA2 encryption for further security.

Taipan - and the majority of D-Link’s next generation smart connected devices - uses the mydlinkTM Lite Mobile App which is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices, as well as providing access via the mydlinkTM web portal. The app has been specifically developed and designed for today’s modern smart connected home, both the portal and app easily enable users to remotely access, view, and manage devices.

TAIPAN is available in Australia and New Zealand only, from D-Link online and throughout D-Link's network of retailers, resellers, channel partners, distributors and online retailers with an RRP - $579.95 inc. GST in Australia, and $649.99 inc. GST in New Zealand.

Opinion

D-Link is on the money with its statement that MU-MIMO is the next big thing but like any change it will take time for smartphones, Windows notebooks, Mac, iPad and more to use it. Meanwhile – perhaps for the next five years, the Taipan represents cutting edge technology that can be used now.

I often get asked what the difference is between the various speeds. I reply that it is like cars – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 cylinders – the more weight you have to tow, the bigger the engine. With routers the more devices you have, the larger the apartment or home you have to cover, the more you want to stream music or audio, the more you play games on your console – you are verging on ‘extreme streaming’ and you need a higher the AC number.

ITWire has a review unit and it will run comparisons with MU-MIMO and other routers soon.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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