D-Link taps Facebook on Wi-Fi routers for SMBs

Summary:A new partnership with D-Link is one small moving part in Facebook's larger plan to get everyone online -- not to mention grab more user data.

Facebook is frequently touting its ambitious goals to bring wireless Internet to everyone worldwide under its Internet.org scheme.

A new partnership with D-Link is one small moving part with that idea in mind.

D-Link introduced a new wireless router on Thursday aimed at small business providers that would like to treat customers to free Wi-Fi.

Facebook is making that free connectivity possible with the condition that patrons log into the social network and check in at the respective company's Facebook page.

Other than that, D-Link assured that users don't have to enter any additional codes or be pressed to sign up for more services.

The deal could be construed as a win-win-win so long as the customers are comfortable with sharing location and shopping behavior information.

Specs-wise, the D-Link 11AC Router sports 1750Mbps Wi-Fi with 802.11ac along with an SPI firewall and WPA2 security measures.

Priced at $149.99, the D-Link 11AC Router with Facebook Wi-Fi is available now.

Topics: Networking, Data Management, Hardware, SMBs, Social Enterprise

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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