D-Link Corporation: was founded in March 1986 in Taipei as Datex Systems Inc. It began as a network adapter vendor and has gone on to become a designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking solutions for both the consumer and business markets.
In 2007, it was the leading networking company in the small to medium business (SMB) segment worldwide with 21.9% market share. In March 2008, it became the market leader in Wi-Fi product shipments worldwide, with 33% of the total market. In 2007, the company was featured in the “Info Tech 100”, a listing of the world’s best IT companies. It was also ranked as the 9th best IT company in the world for shareholder returns by BusinessWeek.
The company has 127 sales offices in 64 countries and 10 global distribution centres serving 100 countries worldwide.
D-Link operates an indirect channel model, selling through distributors, resellers, retailers, VARs, and Telecom Service Providers.
Its main competitors are Cisco, Netgear, and HP.
D-Link’s products are geared towards the networking and communications market. Its business products include switches, surveillance network cameras, firewalls, iSCSI SANs and business wireless, while consumer products cover consumer wireless devices, broadband devices, and the Digital Home devices (which include media players, storage, and surveillance camera/NVR).
It was the first wired and wireless networking company to launch the green technology D-Link Green. D-Link first applied the power saving technology to its unmanaged switches and later to its wireless routers. The technology works by setting any ports that are not in use to standby mode to reduce power to idle ports, in addition to fanless and variable speed fans. “Green” switches can also detect cable length and adjust power output accordingly.
D-Link recently released the Boxee Box, which is a collaboration with the popular media streaming software known as Boxee. D-Link provides its customers with the actual hardware while the software is based on the Boxee software. The Boxee Box was released on November 10, 2010.