Perhaps more interestingly, the DIR-865L uses the Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac chipset for speeds up to three times faster than that of Wireless N - up to 1750 Mbps, comprising 1300 Mbps on 5GHz plus 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz - while retaining backwards compatibility with existing 802.11a/b/g/n devices. In addition, 802.11ac uses beam-forming for improved range.
"As the world's first cloud router powered by 802.11ac, the DIR-865L is poised to quench the thirst of bandwidth-hungry customers with its unparalleled speed, range, and versatility," said Maurice Famularo, marketing director at D-Link Australia and New Zealand.
"802.11ac is the perfect platform to support users that want to stream HD multimedia to multiple wireless devices throughout the home. As more resources shift to the cloud and our customers' needs continue to grow, D-Link 802.11ac routers will provide the power and flexibility to cope with the ballooning demand for bandwidth," he added.
Other features of the router include USB peripheral sharing (printer, multifunction device, scanner, or storage device), access to shared storage from iOS or Android devices as well as computers, a web interface to shared files, a DLNA server (eg, to stream video files to a TV), parental controls, and IPv6 support.
The DIR-865L is scheduled to ship in June. The price has yet to be announced.