D-Link introduced their Exo series of routers in early 2016. Since then, the traditional router form factor with middle-of-the-road specifications has become a mid-range product for all networking product vendors. In order to stand out in this competitive market segment, D-Link is announcing a new lineup of 802.11ac Exo routers and extenders with mesh networking support. The products are being made more attractive with the bundling of a McAfee security suite.

D-Link is also bringing in elements found commonly in the whole-home Wi-Fi system market (such as easier plug-and-play setup, and seamless addition of endpoints as requirements evolve over the deployment time period) into the Exo lineup. All routers and endpoints include a gigabit wired port.

The McAfee security suite adopts a cloud-based approach, and threats identified in one deployment are automatically recognized and passed on to other deployments for better security. In keeping with the current marketing buzzwords, D-Link and McAfee are using the 'cloud-based machine learning' moniker to advertise this real-time threat detection and database update approach. The security suite also includes a host of commonly requested features like parental controls and IoT device protection.

The Exo routers come with Google Assistant and Alexa support. It also includes a security suite with 2 years free subscription to McAfee anti-virus for every device in the network and a 5 year subscription for the IoT device protection scheme. Combined together, these services represent a $700 value according to D-Link - this makes the Exo lineup a very attractive proposition in its market segment. Other networking vendors also have similar tie-ups for the security aspect, but, we have not seen anything approach the value of the D-Link / McAfee combination yet.

The Exo lineup will be available for purchase in Q2 2019, and includes the following products:

  • AC3000 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $199.99

  • AC2600 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $179.99

  • AC1900 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $159.99

  • AC1750 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $119.99

  • AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $79.99

  • AC2000 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender, $99.99

  • AC1300 Mesh-Enabled Wi-Fi Extender, $79.99

Additional details about each product are available in the gallery below.

Source: D-Link

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  • ajp_anton - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    "The products are being made more attractive with the bundling of a McAfee security suite."

  • sr1030nx - Monday, January 7, 2019 - link

    I can't see how Mcafee makes it more attractive, makes it less so for me.
  • Sym - Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - link

    Great finally a nice total protection, I am always worried about my iot devices. Nice work Dlink looking forward for this new line with mcafee
  • Me-Ant - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - link

    I’ve been told by countless IT Techs that Macafee is what the virus creators use to ensure that their viruses can evade checking. The first item for me, would be to ensure that Macafee can be disabled. I have found the ESET antivirus to be excellent!
  • Me-Ant - Thursday, January 10, 2019 - link

    Sorry I meant to put “McAfee“ instead of Macafee — dyslexic fingers!
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