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D-Link Now Shipping Business-Class Wireless 802.11n Access Point for Canadian SMB Networks

Versatile Dual-Band Access Point Provides Wider Bandwidth for Greater Speed and Better Coverage; Plenum-Rated Chassis Available (February 10, 2009)

OAKVILLE, ON -- (Marketwire) -- 02/10/09 -- D-Link Canada, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today began shipping its first 802.11n wireless local area network (WLAN) solution geared specifically for the small to medium business (SMB).

The plenum-rated chassis version of its new AirPremier® N Dual Band Access Point (DAP-2590) offers robust features tailored for the SMB -- superior bandwidth and coverage, multiple operation modes, flexible management and Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Housed in rugged metal housing for adherence to strict fire codes, it is built for placement in air passageways and other utility spaces where power outlets may not be readily available.

With three detachable antennas, the DAP-2590 AP provides optimal coverage with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 300Mbps* in either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless band. This, coupled with support for Wi-Fi Multimedia(TM) (WMM®) Quality of Service features, makes an ideal access point for data, video and voice applications.

"This new 11n AP provides all the advanced features of the AirPremier Series, including multiple operation modes and flexible management," said Nick Tidd, vice president of business development for D-Link Canada. "They are designed for the SMB looking for the benefits of a selectable dual-band AP while maintaining backward compatibility to 802.11a and 802.11g -- and are ideal for indoor mounting because they offer the option of a Plenum-rated chassis."

To help maintain a secure wireless network, the DAP-2590 supports both Personal and Enterprise versions of WPA and WPA2 (802.11i) with support for a backend RADIUS server, and Microsoft Network Access Protection (NAP) that restricts access based on a client PC's identity and compliance with corporate governance. Additional safety measures include MAC Address Filtering, Wireless LAN Segmentation, Disable SSID Broadcast, Rogue AP Detection, and Wireless Broadcast Scheduling.

The DAP-2590 also is equipped with multiple operation modes, such as AP, Wireless Distribution System (WDS), WDS with AP, and Wireless Client, so it can be configured to optimize network performance.

Other advanced features include Load Balancing for managing traffic volume, Spanning Tree Protocol and D-Link's AP Manager II software that allows management across subnet boundaries. Users can not only manage the new DAP-2590, but also legacy APs, including the DWL-3200AP, DWL-8200AP, DWL-2700AP and DWL-7700AP, with the option to mix and match these models and monitor at a central point.

Price and Availability

The DAP-2590 802.11n access point will be available from D-Link Canada's vast network of value-added resellers (VARs), solution providers and distributors, and at the company's online store, The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) is $764 in Canada.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link's Canadian headquarters are located at 2180 Winston Park Drive, ON L6H 5W1. Phone: (800) 354-6522 or (905) 829-5033. FAX (905) 829-5223. Internet

D-Link and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of D-Link Corporation or its subsidiaries in Canada and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2009. D-Link Corporation/D-Link Canada. All Rights Reserved.

* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g, 802.11a, and draft 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Maximum throughput based on D-Link's draft 802.11n devices.

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