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D-Link's new DIR-2680 router features an Intel chipset that's focused on security

By Kenny Yeo - on 21 Feb 2019, 5:21pm

D-Link's new DIR-2680 router features an Intel chipset that's focused on security

The D-Link DIR-2680 router. (Image source: D-Link)

It's hard to feel a little paranoid about security. After all, it seems like not a week goes past without some major cybersecurity hack or breach.

To compound matters, networking and security are complex topics that befuddle even some advanced users.

In a bid to simplify matters, D-Link has just unveiled its DIR-2680 D-Fend router. At its heart, it is a dual-band AC2600-class router. That means data transfer rates of up to 800Mbps on its 2.4GHz network and 1,733Mbps on its 5GHz network.

The main highlight, however, is its use of the Intel Home Wi-Fi WAV500 chipset. This particular chipset was designed with security in mind and ties in with the McAfee Secure Home Platform. Remember, Intel acquired McAfee in 2011.

The D-Fend app. (Image source: D-Link)

The chipset integrates smart home protection, parental controls, and antivirus features. And a key component of this is the D-Fend app.

The app acts as a management and notification utility, allowing users to manage their router and set up parental controls and transmission rules. This can even be done remotely so the administrator need not be on the same network and can be anywhere in the world.

The DIR-2680 also constantly monitors incoming and outgoing traffic and is able to flag suspicious transmissions on the D-Fend app. The router can even alert and notify administrators if new devices are trying to connect to the network. Administrators can then, through the app, choose to allow or reject the request.

More importantly, the router can also monitor traffic of so-called "headless" IoT devices. These are smart home devices like sensors or cameras that do have built-in displays. As such, it can be hard to tell if these devices are compromised. The DIR-2680 router can monitor these devices and alert users if it sense something amiss - such as if a smart device is trying to send data to a suspicious server.

The D-Link DIR-2680 D-Fend router is priced at S$299 and comes with a 2-year unlimited device license of McAfee LiveSafe. The D-Link DIR-2680 D-Fend router should be available here around April.