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Netflix and Vudu Now on the D-Link Boxee Box

Posted by Mike Dell at 6:49 AM on February 15, 2011

D-Link and Boxee have announced that the Boxee Box will now support Vudu and NetFlix.

This will bring even more choices to the Boxee box and let it’s users have access to the 1000′s of movies and TV shows available on NetFlix via their subscription service. NetFlix subscriptions start at $7.99 for streaming only and $8.99 for 1 DVD by mail at a time in addition to the streaming. Go to NetFlix.com to check out their service.

Vudu brings HD movies, on demand for rental. They have first run movies that are available on the Vudu service the same day the DVD’s are released. Standard rentals are priced at $2 for 2 nights and HD New Releases rent for $4.99. Check out vudu.com for more information.

The D-Link Boxee box can be ordered for around $200 just about everywhere electronics are sold. The Boxee service also includes a plethora of other streaming content from various media creators around the internet (including Tech Podcast Network and Blubrry channels)

The Boxee Box itself features an SD card slot, two USB ports, optical digital audio, HDMI output, 802.11n wireless, and an Ethernet port. It has a double-sided remote featuring a built-in QWERTY keyboard and simple browsing interface, consumers can kick back and watch virtually anything. It also integrates social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, Right from your remote!

For more information on the Boxee service, check them out over at boxee.tv and check out the boxee box by D-Link at dlink.com/boxee

CAPTCHA on a Router?

Posted by J Powers at 9:28 AM on May 12, 2009

D-Link has created the first router that makes you answer a CAPTCHA word before you can do anything on the router. It’s an interesting idea – you change the IP address, you add a CAPTCHA. It does thwart Bots from breaking into the system, but is it really necessary?

Captcha

CAPTCHA stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart” – of course it’s that annoying word (or words) you have to enter that is all distorted. You may have to enter it once, you may have to enter it every time you post or change settings. Sometimes CAPTCHA can get really hard to read – there are times you just have to refresh the CAPTCHA because the words are just not legible.

CAPTCHA has been broken, too. Using OCR the bots can read and relay the word. Therefore, the more blurred the word(s), the harder it is to break.

D-Link put out the following statement:

In response to the growing number of these attacks and subsequent user security concerns, D-Link has integrated CAPTCHA – a system, designed to detect whether responses are human or computer-generated – into its popular home and small office routers as an extra safety measure. CAPTCHAs are used to prevent malicious software from performing actions that degrade the quality of service on a network, such as those found in worms, viruses and Trojan horses.

So why CAPTCHA on the router? Well, this is mostly for those that use their routers on more than pushing out wireless access. I have my router set up so I can remote into my main machine if need be. I use the router to collect some data. I also have the router blocking certain things so people cannot do items like download torrents.

Unlike other brands, the majority of D-LinkĀ® routers are not as easy to be compromised since our design is proprietary. However, we’re excited to be the first in the market to announce we have taken the initiative to implement CAPTCHA into our routers, thus providing yet another layer of security to our customers,” said AJ Wang, chief technology officer of D-Link. Popular D-Link router models that now feature CAPTCHA include the DIR-615, DIR-625, DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855, DIR-685, and DGL-4500.

Design might be proprietary, but it just means it’s more of a challenge for the programmer to break. Then again, @_Good_P@s$w0rd_woRks_a_1ot_b3tter (a good password works a lot better). And believe it or not – a password like the one I just emulated here is just as memorable as “Password1″.

Personally, it’s not a selling point for me. Routers that focus on plugging their security holes and giving you more managability is what I want. Not an annoying word that I might not be able to read.