Linksys boosts wireless LANs with quicker kit

Linksys has unveiled a new line of SRX-enabled ‘Wireless-G’ (802.11g) networking products, with which it claims home and office users can improve their wireless LANs by boosting speed and coverage.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  August 23, 2005

Linksys has unveiled a new line of SRX-enabled ‘Wireless-G’ (802.11g) networking products, with which it claims home and office users can improve their wireless LANs by boosting speed and coverage. The firm’s new Wireless-G Router with SRX (WRT54GX) and Wireless-G PC Card with SRX (WPC54GX) (SRX stands for Speed and Range eXpansion) have been designed to provide faster wireless network throughput, reduce dead spots, and increase the range of standard Wireless-G networks. WLANs (Wireless LANs) are used by both home and small office users who want to dump ethernet cables and work or surf the internet from any seat or desk. SRX is based on MIMO (pronounced ‘mee-mo’, a.k.a. ‘Multiple In, Multiple Out’) technology, a key component in the upcoming Wireless-N (802.11n) standard. MIMO uses multiple radios and antennae on a wireless router or client adapter for improved performance in range and speed. Linksys’s new SRX-enabled Wireless-G Router and Wireless-G PC Card use this smart radio and antenna technology alongside standards-based Wireless-G (802.11g) networking technology. According to Linksys, the result of this hot combo is that wireless networks can range up to three times further, and wireless network performance can be enhanced by up to eight times (when using all SRX products). “A common complaint about wireless networking in the home is that customers can’t get the wireless signal to reach certain rooms or areas around their home,” said Robert Auci, director of sales for Linksys in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Our SRX products help extend the range of a wireless network so customers can access their network as well as the internet from more areas in their home. The enhanced speed can also provide customers with a faster network providing a better networking experience.”

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