AirPlus G Wireless Pocket Router/AP captures PC magazine’s highest award

D-Link announced today that its AirPlus(TM) G Wireless Pocket Router/AP captured PC magazine’s highest award, the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice in the February 8th issue of the magazine. The near perfect review places the D-Link AirPlus G Wireless Pocket Router/AP (DWL-G730AP) as the top portable wireless connectivity device thanks to its small size, excellent range and robust network configurations.

According to the review written by PC Magazine Labs’ director of operations, Craig Ellison, “In a market where size matters, the D-Link travel router is the new champ: It’s the smallest, but still delivers a full feature set. The DWL-G730AP’s three-position Mode switch is marked much more clearly than it is on the competing products, making it simple to switch between router mode, access point, and Ethernet client mode.” Upon giving the D-Link AirPlus G Pocket Router the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award, Ellison continued, “The router/firewall code is essentially the same as you’d find in D-Link’s top-end routers. The DWL-G730AP’s small size and good performance help make it our current favorite travel router for road-going professionals.”

“We are extremely pleased and honored to have PC Magazine Labs’ own director of operations present the pocket router with this coveted award,” said Steven Joe, president and CEO of D-Link. “This award validates all the hard work and dedication that our engineers have put into this product.”

The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP (DWL-G730AP) is a convenient and portable network device that offers today’s traveler unparalleled flexibility while on the road. The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP can connect computers to share files and hotel Internet access, wirelessly connect any Ethernet-enabled client to a 802.11b/g network or protect computers and files from hackers and other intruders that are sharing a public connection, such as hot spot internet access locations. Measuring only 3.25″ x 2.5″ x.75″, the D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP is smaller than the average PDA and can be powered over USB if power outlets are not available. The included slim carrying case included with the unit assures that all the required cables are centrally located and protects the unit while being transported.

The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP provides business travelers with a simple and flexible wireless network no matter where they travel. A small switch on the back of the unit allows users to easily select one of the three wireless modes: Router/Firewall, Access Point and Wireless Client modes. The integrated DHCP server that automatically assigns IP addresses to multiple connected devices, supports VPN Pass-through and includes a set of robust firewall features, including Network Address Translation (NAT) and MAC filtering. While in Access Point mode, the Wireless Pocket Router/AP can connect multiple wireless devices, such as laptops and PDAs, to a single Internet connection, be it a hotel or a conference room location. The Wireless Pocket Router/AP can make any Ethernet-equipped device wireless without installing software or configuring network settings, drawing power from either a wall receptacle or from the included Power-Over-USB adapter.

The D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP supports WPA-PSK, as well as 64/128 bit WEP encryption to secure wireless data communications, keeping it safe from prying eyes. In Access Point mode, the D-Link Wireless Pocket Router/AP adds support for 802.1x user authentication with an external RADIUS server, making it transferable from multiple office environments.

Price and Availability

The D-Link DWL-G730AP AirPlus G Wireless Pocket Router/AP is currently available through authorized retail, reseller and distribution partners at $99.99 Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and comes with a 1 Year Warranty and free 24/7 Technical Support including firmware updates.