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D-Link, Buffalo Beef Up Their Networking, Storage And Entertainment Lines

D-Link rolled out a new network security product and Buffalo Technology unveiled additions to its home wireless networking line and upgrades to its storage product line at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Designed to protect home and small business networks, D-Link's SecureSpot Internet Security Device installs between the broadband modem and the wireless router and performs a wide range of security functions that were previously handled by multiple applications, says Rocky Rosas, technical marketing engineer at D-Link, Fountain Valley, Calif. These include anti-virus, parental control, pop-up and spam blockers and anti-spyware technologies developed by Bsecure Technologies, a Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-based security vendor.

Home users can use the SecureSpot device to set up virus scans and other security preferences using a browser-based interface. Plus, the device automatically updates information on virus definitions, spyware and spam servers, Rosas says. The SecureSpot will be available at the end of January and is priced at $99.99 with four client licenses. Additional licenses are available for $19.99. The yearly backend subscription fee for the device is $79.99.

D-Link also showed off home entertainment products such as its MediaLounge High-Definition Wireless Media Player with DVD, which Rosas says the company will have made compatible with Intel's Viiv technology by the end of the year. It also unveiled its MediaLounge High-Definition Wireless Media Server which comes with a 100-Gbyte hard drive.

Meanwhile Buffalo Technology took the wraps off a couple of new additions to its home wireless networking line, including the AirStation Wireless A/G High Power Smart Router and the AirStation Wireless A/G High Power USB Adapter with Antenna. These are designed for streaming video, music and photos in the home and use Atheros' SuperG chipsets, according to Morikazu Sano, senior vice president of global marketing at Buffalo, Austin, Texas.

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