D-Link has teamed up with Facebook on a wireless router for small businesses that utilizes Facebook Wi-Fi. The router enables businesses to offer their customers a Wi-Fi hotspot, which they can access by checking into the business on Facebook. You may recall that Cisco launched a similar offering last fall.
"The solution offers small businesses improved Page insights into customers to help foster increased brand loyalty and drive brand awareness via direct communication and interaction on their business Facebook page," a spokesperson for D-Link tells WebProNews. "In addition, with up to 1750 Mbps Wi-Fi, and a full array of security features, businesses will have the means to deliver safe, reliable and speedy Wi-Fi to their clientele."
“We worked closely with Facebook to deliver an easy-to-use Wi-Fi solution for small business owners looking to create or replace a Wi-Fi hotspot for their customers,” said Daniel Kelley, VP of marketing. “The D-Link 11AC Router with integrated Facebook Wi-Fi offers an incredibly easy way for small businesses to set up a public network, while also enabling them to engage and interact with customers in new ways.”
Facebook Wi-Fi lets people sidestep codes and new accounts with the check-in process, which is a lot easier, and of course, gives businesses some promotion. According to the company, businesses using Facebook Wi-Fi saw an average of three times more check-ins, based on previous tests.
Performance specs for the router are: up to 1750Mbps Wi-Fi with 802.11ac (1300ac + 450n). Security features include an SPI firewall and WPA2. It costs $149.99.
More on Facebook Wi-Fi here. This is D-Link's first router to utilize it.
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