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D-Link releases combo FireWire/USB hub

Featuring the two popular connection standards for digital media and peripheral devices, the D-Link DFB-H7 can simultaneously connect four USB 2.0 and three IEEE 1394 FireWire devices such as DVDdrives, digital cameras and printers to the PC or laptop for transferring, editing and printing digital content. The D-Link DFB-H7 is small enough to place in a convenient location such as thedesktop or workspace, so users can have access to its seven USB 2.0 and FireWire connections right at their fingertips.

The D-Link QuickMedia USB 2.0/FireWire 7-port Combo Hub provides high-speed connectivity through the power of USB 2.0 and FireWire. The USB 2.0 ports can transfer data at up to 480Mbps, 40 times faster than previous USB hubs, and are backward compatible with USB 1.0 and USB 1.1. The D-Link DFB-H7’s three FireWire ports support transfer rates of up to 400Mbps. At these speeds, users can edit home video, transfer music and print digital images without latency.

“With the popularity of multimedia devices in the digital home, our customers are using multiple USB 2.0 and FireWire devices like digital cameras, digital video recorders and DVD-CD drives to transfer, capture and edit digital content,” said Steven Joe, President of D-Link. “The new seven-port combo hub puts the necessary USB 2.0 and FireWire ports right where they’re convenient.”

Because the hub is externally powered, the D-Link DFB-H7 can support multiple devices via daisy chaining through the hub. It also supports over-current detection for any device that is plugged into the hub. The combo hub is a true plug-and-play device, requiring no device drivers to install, and supports both PC and Macintosh-based operating systems, including Mac OS X (10.2) Jaguar. Both a FireWire cable and a six foot USB 2.0 cable are included in the hub’s packaging.

Price and Availability

The D-Link DFB-H7 USB 2.0 and FireWire Combo Hub will be available in early August through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Price MSRP of $49.99. The D-Link DFB-H7 Combo Hub comes with a One Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support.