Router and networking specialist D-Link is set to launch its DSM-510 Wireless MediaLounge player in the UK.

The media sharing box has been “optimised for the Intel Viiv processor”, we’re told and should deliver high-definition video content across a home network.

Crucially, however, D-Link makes it clear that a wired connection is required in order to enjoy HD content over a network. The D-Link is able to work with wireless devices that use the 802.11b or g spectrums and to shunt multimedia content such as home-recorded TV programmes, photos downloaded from a digital camera and music stored on a PC hard disk or a NAS (network-attached storage) drive from host device to an amplified player.

While many media streaming devices are capable of sharing photos, video and music around a home network, Intel Viiv certification is unusual. Intel Viiv is a concept the processor company outlined in August 2005 at its Intel Developer Forum and formally unveiled in the UK in January 2006.

It works on a similar principle to Microsoft’s Media Center concept, whereby software and hardware partners work together on a specialist entertainment platform. The aim is to guarantee for the consumer interoperability, compatibility and minimum performance levels.