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D-LINK FIRST TO PASS WI-FI ALLIANCE XTREME CERTIFICATION.

D-Link(R), the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, has received draft 802.11n certifications granted by the Wi-Fi Alliance(R), which officially recognized the D-Link Xtreme N(TM) Router and Notebook Adapter as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11n draft 2.0.

The distinction guarantees interoperability among 11n products, adherence to security protocol and backward compatibility with previous generations of Wi-Fi gear, including popular 802.11g products.

The D-Link Xtreme N Router (DIR-655) and Xtreme N Notebook Adapter (DWA-652) are the first products to receive Wi-Fi Alliance testing and subsequent certification. As a result, they will be labeled as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 products and will bear a distinctive and prestigious logo, alerting consumers that the merchandise has passed the rigors of industry standards testing.

"We commend D-Link for achieving Wi-Fi certification for the Xtreme N Router and Notebook Adapter," said Wi-Fi Alliance managing director Frank Hanzlik. "Having met the rigorous requirements for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n draft 2.0 is quite an accomplishment, and reflects D-Link's commitment to interoperable, protected next-generation Wi-Fi technology."

Delivering significantly faster speeds and further range over previous-generation Wi-Fi gear, products based on the new 802.11n draft 2.0 standard can do more than ever before, offering consumers whole-home coverage and enabling content-rich applications such as streaming high-definition video, online gaming with multiple users on a single network, and speedy file transfer of photos, music, and more. Small business users will be able to leverage 802.11n products to increase network capacity and improve robustness.

D-Link has been gaining momentum with its 802.11n draft 2.0 offerings. The leading analyst firm In-Stat reports that D-Link draft 802.11n shipments have gained significant market share, displaying the strongest growth in the category with an increase of over 66% in unit shipments from Q4 2006 to Q1 2007. Also, D-Link recently announced another first in the market, offering 2.0 product upgrades for its draft 802.11n Xtreme N product line. The D-Link DIR-655 and DWA-652 are based on Atheros' XSPAN WLAN technology contained in the Wi-Fi Alliance 802.11n draft test suite that has also been Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for draft 802.11n.

"We're proud to be first to receive Wi-Fi CERTIFICATION status and to associate with the Wi-Fi Alliance in offering products and technologies that deliver on the promise of convergence in the industry," said AJ Wang, chief technical officer of D-Link. "Introducing the next stage of this important technology with the 2.0 draft compliance, along with passing the Wi-Fi Alliance's rigorous certification process, validates the efforts that D-Link has invested in its products to meet the 802.11n specification in terms of reliability, security and interoperability."

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, Calif., 92708.

About the Wi-Fi Alliance

The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 300 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's certification program in March 2000, more than 3,400 products have been designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets.

For more information, visit 800/326-1688 or 714/885-6000 or visit http://www.dlink.com.
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