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D-link bundles Widget with its router

D-Link announced that its Draft 802.11n Wireless N Gigabit Router (DIR-655) now allows users to monitor network performance through the use of Yahoo! Widgets. D-Link is the first networking company to support the Yahoo! Widgets utilities for home networking products.

The 'D-Link Network Monitor' Widget will display key network performance data for Internet, WLAN, and LAN connections. Over 30 types of network data are easily viewable from the widget, including number of networked devices, security settings and much more.

Yahoo! Widgets provide users access to more than 4,000 desktop applications that allow them to stay current with a live, at-a-glance view of their favourite Internet information and services, PC performance and the status of peripheral computer components such as a Wireless N network.

Powered by Wireless N technology and equipped with three external antennas, the DIR-655 Wireless N Gigabit Router provides superior wireless coverage for larger homes and offices, or for users running bandwidth-intensive applications. When connected to a cable or DSL modem, it provides high-speed Internet access to multiple computers, game consoles, and media players.

The DIR-655 creates a secure wireless network to share photos, files, music, videos, printers, and network storage, and includes a 4-port 10/100/1000 Gigabit switch that connects Gigabit wired devices for enjoying lag-free network gaming and faster file transfers.

The DIR-655 has already received ten UK press awards since its launch in May 2007 and has just been recognised as the fastest router available on the US market, according to recently filed industry tests performed by Octoscope, a Boston-area consulting firm that conducts competitive product performance testing.

“D-Link's addition of the popular desktop tools demonstrates the company's ongoing commitment to maintain Wireless N networking as best in class”, said Andrew Mulholland, UK Marketing Manager, D-Link. "We're excited to offer Yahoo! Widgets as an added value to our customers. Computer users that understand the power available to them through our Wireless N routers will be eager to use these tools to keep performance at its peak," added Andrew.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.