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D-Link Router Combines Wi-Fi and 3G/EV-DO

D-Link this week announced a family of wireless routers that combine Wi-Fi and wireless broadband network solutions to let IT create instant wide-area Wi-Fi hotspots.

D-Link's 3G Mobile Wireless Routers work like this: Users plug a compatible 3G notebook adapter into the router's built-in card bus slot, delivering EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized), UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System) or HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) wireless network access. The router then shares this signal via Wi-Fi 802.11g/b technology to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the area, essentially creating a hotspot anywhere in range of a broadband cellular network.

Not a major advance as Netgear, Junxion and many others have had this type of box for one to two years. In fact, D-Link creates two SKUs so that if you have both a GSM and CDMA 3G card for different areas you'll need two boxes, while other vendor boxes are technology-agnostic.
Frank Bulk
NWC Mobility Editor

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