Want a router that is pretty and functional? If so then you may be interested in a D-Link's new all-in-one home network router that combines 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity with network attached storage (NAS), USB device-sharing, a digital photo frame, Internet content player, FTP server and energy saving technology.
The Xtreme N DIR-685 router has a 3.2-inch LCD screen which displays device status via graphical gauges and can also serve as a digital photo frame.
With a FrameChannel account, the screen can also be used to show streamed video, weather forecasts and other content. The frame content is managed from a third party website.
The network attached storage (NAS) feature supports both UPnP server functions and BitTorrent downloads with the ability to store up to one terabyte of data on a 2.5-inch SATA drive that can be mounted into the side of the DIR-685. A built-in FTP server allows users to access documents, photos, music and other media locally through the home network or remotely across the Internet.
Two USB ports enabled with D-Link's SharePort technology allow multiple computers to wirelessly share USB devices such as multi-function printers (MFP), scanners and external hard drives.
Like all of D-Links Xtreme routers, the DIR-685 employs energy saving technologies including the ability to automatically recognize port activity and cable length and adjust power usage accordingly. It also can consolidate all functions into a single device instead of many separate products and use the idle mode to automatically turn off power to the LCD screen when not in use.
If you're not using wireless connectivity for portions of the day, you can increase your energy savings by using the Wi-Fi Scheduler. The scheduler lets you turn off the router's Wi-Fi module at a pre-set time - such as during the night or when you are at work - thereby reducing power consumption even further.
The D-Link Xtreme N DIR-685 All-In-One Router is now available for U.S. $300.