You know streaming music is no longer some difficult DIY project when even D-Link, the networking gear maker, is producing a simple wireless streaming gadget.
Okay, the DCH-M225, released in Singapore this week, is essentially a Wi-Fi repeater at its core, but it also streams music from your smartphone or laptop to a speaker by connecting via a 3.5mm audio jack.
To start, you plug the adapter into the wall and hook up the audio cable to your speaker or amplifier. Then simply connect via Wi-Fi from your portable player and start playing your tracks.
Yes, you could have connected a compatible Bluetooth dongle or wireless adapter to your speaker as well. But do any of these add-ons extend your home Wi-Fi coverage at the same time?
This is where the dual-use D-Link gadget hopes to win over users. Besides streaming music, it also enlarges the coverage area by taking your existing Wi-Fi signals and repeating them, say, in your bedroom.
It supports Wireless N speeds of up to 300Mbps, which is good enough for browsing webpages even if you are listening to high-quality lossless music tracks. At S$69, it is priced to go as well.