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D-Link launches new wireless router for remote working
Thu, 19th Mar 2020
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D-Link Australia New Zealand has launched a new wireless router designed specifically for people working from home.

The announcement comes in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, which sees more and more people self isolating and taking their work home.

The DWR-956 is a wireless AC1200 4G LTE Router with Gigabit Ethernet Ports and VoIP capability, equipped with a built-in LTE modem, which provides 3G/4G mobile connectivity with downlink speeds of up to 150Mbps1 and uplink speeds of up to 50Mbps1, simply by inserting your existing SIM into the SIM Slot.

D-Link says using the DWR-956 enables users to quickly create a high-speed wireless network at home, in the office, or any pop-up area that requires instant internet connectivity, allowing computers and mobile devices access to the internet from virtually anywhere.

"With remote working gaining popularity in recent years, having this level of portability, flexibility and connectivity is a boon for stay-at-home workers and students, with high-speed internet access and a fast AC1200 eireless network, providing Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1167Mbps, now available anywhere you require it," the company explains.

 The simultaneous Dual-Band DWR-956 Router also supports advanced security standards including WPA/WPA2, MAC address filtering, WPS and WMM.

In addition, the device is equipped with a button for simply switching the Wi-Fi network off and on if needed. For example, when a user leaves home, they can easily switch the router's wireless LAN off by pressing the button, disabling wireless connectivity, yet still allowing devices connected to the physical Gigabit LAN ports of the router to stay connected.

Support of a guest Wi-Fi network also allows users to create a separate Wi-Fi network with individual security settings. Devices connected to the guest network will be able to access the internet but will be isolated from other devices and resources in the home or office.

The DWR-956 is also equipped with an FXS port, which allows connection of an analogue phone for calls via the internet.
For added security the DWR-956 includes a built-in firewall. D-Link says the advanced security functions built into the router minimise threats of hacker attacks, prevent unwanted intrusions to the network, and block access to unwanted websites for users on the LAN. In addition, the router supports IPsec and allows users to create secure VPN tunnels back to their corporate or school network.
Users can configure the settings of the DWR-956 via a user-friendly web-based interface with the configuration wizard enabling them to specify all needed parameters in a few steps. The DWR-956 supports configuration and management via mobile applications for smartphones. The router also supports seamless firmware upgrades, pushing notifications that new security features or added functionality is available.