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CES 2018: D-Link Gets More Connected

D-Link Systems Inc. in Fountain Valley introduced several connected-home devices this week in Las Vegas at the CES consumer electronics show.

The company at its suite at the Venetian Hotel exhibited a new line of Wi-Fi cameras that includes cloud recording options and third-party integration capabilities with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT, a free web-based service that helps apps and devices work together.

The devices range in price from about $60 to $120.

D-Link also showcased its three-pack Dual-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System and two-pack Tri-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System. The Covr Wi-Fi systems are billed as being scalable mesh wireless networks for ultra-fast speeds and coverage to the furthest reaches of a home. They feature smart roaming and smart steering to guide devices to the optimum wireless band.

The three-pack costs $250 and will be available this quarter, and the two-pack tri-band costs $320 and will be released in the second quarter.

The company also introduced two routers designed to boost Wi-Fi performance throughout the home and support more devices and data and diverse needs. They’ll be available in the second quarter.

“This is a completely different lineup than we’ve had in the last three years,” said Michael Hardy, who was named president last year.

D-Link is the North American unit of Taiwan-based D-Link Corp., which generates about $1 billion in annual sales. It’s the sixth-largest consumer electronics maker in Orange County, with about 200 local employees.

Technology Editor Chris Casacchia is reporting from CES in Las Vegas this week.

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