Tuesday, 09 November 2021 09:28

D-Link releases world-first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.2 adapter, and new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router


D-Link continues its march of ushering in digital home connectivity transformation with today’s announcement of two new Wi-Fi 6 devices - including the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) adapter, as well as a new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router.

The new devices are the DWA-X1850, the Wi-Fi 6 USB adapter, and the EXO AX AX3200 DIR-X3260, the Wi-Fi 6 mesh router (pictured above).

Both devices are engineered to power the increasing number of high-bandwidth devices used by remote workers, families, and students, as well as supporting the high-intensity data traffic they consume.

D-Link Australia and New Zealand managing director Graeme Reardon said, "we live in a world where more is now the norm for home and business networks. More devices, more bandwidth, more speed and more range. These new Wi-Fi 6 devices enable streamlined and seamless mesh connectivity with efficient AX performance that, put simply, give you more."

The DWA-X1850 adapter (pictured below) is slim and compact and that plugs into any USB port and provides instant connectivity to your laptop or PC, providing Wi-Fi 6 to devices that were not already Wi-Fi enabled, or adding Wi-Fi 6 support to those which were.

It is the world's first Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 adapter in the market, featuring the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 technology. It delivers smooth, high-speed bandwidth with combined speeds up to AX1800 (574Mbps + 1200Mbps), and features 128-bit WPA3 encryption for ultimate peace of mind around security.

The adapter also features multi-user MU-MIMO technology for greater efficiency of upstream and downstream transmission, and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) technology where small data packets destined for multiple devices are transmitted together without needing to be queued.

Ultimately, this diminutive adapter packs a punch way in defiance of its tiny size, bringing the best of Wi-Fi 6 for efficient fast, data distribution over a wider area. All you need to do is plug it in, to bring all these features to your device.

Meanwhile, the DIR-DIR-X3260 EXO AX AX3200 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router is D-Link's newest Wi-Fi 6 mesh router, bringing the huge performance of 2400Mbps on the 5GHz spectrum and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz spectrum. This provides homes and businesses with high-quality video conferencing, 8K video streaming, multiple concurrent connected devices, crystal clear VoIP, and more.

The AX3200 router's durable 1024-QAM boosts throughput to devices by up to 25% and its 160MHz contiguous channel width provides more bandwidth to more devices.

D-Link Wi-Fi mesh technology will work with compatible D-Link mesh extenders, allowing users to roam seamlessly around their home on a mobile device without degrading signal or dropping the connection.

In addition, it includes four gigabit LAN ports and a gigabit WAN port for faster wired connectivity. The device also includes high-gain antennas, built-in power amplifiers, and beam-forming technology to extend the reach of the Wi-FI and focus a stronger signal in the direction of your devices, with greater range, and maximal coverage.

The device automates firmware upgrades and retains an image of the device prior to an upgrade so it can easily revert in the event an upgrade fails.

The unit also includes an integrated Internet speed test powered by Ookla to measure the true speed of your router-to-ISP connection through the D-Link Wi-Fi app, which is integrated with both the Google Assistant and Alexa.

The companion D-Link Wi-Fi app is available for free for mobile devices and allows you to manage your Wi-Fi settings, set parental controls, and more.

The DWA-X1850 and the DIR-X3260 are available now from www.dlink.com.au (RRP $AU 149.95 and $AU 349.95), www.dlink.co.nz (RRP $NZ 179.99 and $NZ 349.99) and from all authorised D-Link partners and retailers in both countries.

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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