battling for the No 1 spot in USB devices; that’s right
that is the same S/MB and SoHo network Hardware Company you and I are
very familiar with. OK, I was surprised too when talking with a spokemen
for D-Link that they have been the number two or three in USB accessory
devices for a very long time, right behind the “B” company
With the release of three new and exceptionally nice USB 2.0/1.1 port devices, D-Link is definitely making successful moves on the that number one spot.
The new DFB-A5 5-Port Combo USB 2.0/1394a FireWire PCI Card from D-Link came to our rescue in our Buy or Build a Video/ Multimedia Workstation article. Our “home-brewed” AMD and ASUS workstation didn’t have “on-board” FireWire support, 1394 is the standard high-speed port type in video, audio and multimedia production.
The DFB-A5 has two USB 2.0 and two powered 1394a (400 Mb/s) Firewire ports on the tailpiece facing out the back of the PC; and it has one 1394a FireWire port on the card internal to your computers case. Handy if you have a front mounted FireWire female plug as our Antec Workstation case does. This card is also Windows plug & play; it may also find USB 2.0 support on Mac’s when Panther is out. We’ll also be testing soon.
List price is US$99.95 and street prices we found online, are around US$67.50
The DUB-C2 2-Port USB 2.0 CardBus Adapter is also new from D-Link, for the PC notebook
This card is for Windows notebooks running Win 98SE through Win XP; however, with Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) reputedly supporting USB 2.0, it could work in older PowerBooks. We’ll be testing to find out with a beta copy of Panther.
Price for the DUB-C2
is US$59.00 retail and street prices online are running around US $39.
It’s psychedelically cool too! All of the front located USB 2.0 ports light up in a neon green LED glow when your Windows PC recognizes the plug-in play hub. Street price online is running around $40.
Just announced last
week, the D-Link Air