New Wireless Adapter Provides The Convenience Of Wireless Networking For Popular Handheld Computers and PDAs

IRVINE, Calif., August 1, 2001

D-Link, a leading designer and manufacturer of networking, data communications and digital electronic technologies for the Digital Home, Small to Medium Business and the Workgroup to Enterprise environments, today launched the D-Link Air DCF-650W. The D-Link Air DCF-650W is a high-performance 11 Mbps IEEE 802.11b Compact Flash Wireless Network Adapter. This wireless adapter allows users to connect their Handheld PC (HPC) or PDA to any IEEE 802.11b wireless network whether in the home, the office, or out on the road.

“Our new wireless compact flash adapter makes surfing the Internet and synchronizing your PDA simple,” said Steven Joe President of D-Link. “The strict adherence with the latest IEEE 802.11b Networking Standard for Wireless connections and compact flash standards mean the DCF-650W is interoperable with all compliant hardware.”

Despite its small size, the DCF-650W delivers the types of Industry standard features expected in a fully IEEE 802.11b wireless adapter card. Complete support for both 64-bit and 128-bit WEP encryption guarantees network security. The included compact flash user interface for Pocket PC is revolutionary in design and function. This interface makes the D-Link DCF-650W not only easy to install and use, but provides support for dynamic wireless settings and general network diagnostics.

The DCF-650W includes expanded features required by the PDA or HPC user. Multiple power settings allow the user to choose battery life over extended range to ensure that they can always connect when and how they want to connect while minimizing any battery drain. True hot swap capabilities allow easy removal and storage or installation of the device dependant on network availability or user desire to access wireless services.

The D-Link DCF-650W can connect a user’s Pocket PC to another IEEE 802.11b device or network through peer-to-peer (Ad Hoc) mode or through an access point (Infrastructure Mode). The network adapter has full mobility and seamless roaming across access points, so users can move around without additional configuration. The range of coverage per cell for indoor use is up to 100 meters and up to 300 meters per cell for outdoor use.

The D-Link Air DCF-650W is 100% compliant with the IEEE 802.11b standards for wireless networking. The wireless adapter will operate in 2.4 GHz Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) for wireless networks in the home or office environment. The DCF-650W is designed with the ability to operate in 3.3V DC in two different power consumption modes.

In Infrastructure mode, the DCF-650W can be connected to a wireless enabled broadband residential gateway to share high-speed Internet access on an existing network. The D-Link DCF-650W wireless network adapters transmit rate values can be manually selected Fixed 1 Mbps, Fixed 11 Mbps, Fixed 2 Mbps, Fixed 5.5 Mbps and Fully Auto. The DCF-650W includes an internal non-detachable patch inverse F antenna for maximum range. Two LED indicators report the real-time state of power, network link and activity. The DCF-650W is compatible with Windows CE version 3.0.

This D-Link wireless multi-bandwidth auto sensing/auto negotiation network is cutting edge technology. The D-Link 11 Mb wireless network is faster than existing proprietary wireless networks, the typical network found at retail, and much faster performance than those existing legacy wireless devices and networks.

Price and Availability

The D-Link DCF-650W Compact Flash Wireless Adapter is available now through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP of $199 and an Estimated Street Price, ESP of $149. The D-Link DCF-650W comes with a One-Year Limited Warranty and absolutely FREE Technical Support, including software and driver updates.

True Networking Pioneer and Hardware Manufacturing Since 1986

D-Link is an award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, Voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments.

The Company has increased its world-class production capacity to more than 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space in six state-of-the-art facilities in four countries — Taiwan, China, India, and the United States. With ISO 9001, 9002, ISO 14001 Certifications and National Technical Excellence awards for R&D and manufacturing, D-Link delivers product excellence, quality, reliability, compatibility, high-performance within standards, and easy installation software, educational materials, and manuals.

With millions of Ethernet adapters and millions of hub and switch ports manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the network and communications market. The company sells its products through a wide range of resellers, distributors, VARs, System Integrators, e-commerce & e-tailers, Internet service providers, and retailers. D-Link has been profitable every year since its inception in 1986, and continues to grow at a rate that will allow the Company to experience continued prosperity. D-Link sets the standards for market affordability, while focusing on “Building Networks For People.”

D-Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Latin American headquarters are located at 53 Discovery, Irvine, CA, 92618. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (949) 788-0805; FAX (949) 753-7033; Internet www.dlink.com.


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