Cisco refreshes wireless router range
New systems are designed to improve on performance, speed and range of previous models
Cisco has refreshed its Linksys E-Series wireless router family and launched the Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender.
According to Cisco, with the increase in internet video consumption and the sales of wireless-enabled products such as smart phones, tablets and game consoles steadily growing, consumers are seeking greater performance, reliability and simplicity from their home wireless networks.
Cisco's new products are designed to increase and improve on the speed, range, and ease-of-use of their older products.
The new lineup of five routers provide speeds up to 450Mbps and key features include 3x3 spatial stream configuration designed to improve coverage, external power amplifiers designed to help maintain signal strength over a greater distance and reduce dead spots, and virtual USB technology to connect USB printers, storage, and other devices to the network
Also new on select E-series models is native IPv6 and 6rd support.
Cisco's Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender is designed for consumers who are experiencing dead spots in their homes and is designed to take an existing wireless signal and then repeat it throughout the home.
The Linksys Range Extender also acts as a wireless bridge - connecting a wired printer, internet enabled TV or game console to the wireless network through its integrated Ethernet port.
"With more than 70 million routers sold, Linksys brings a decade of leadership and innovation to create products that consumers trust for the best wireless range and performance," said Mohammad Meraj Hoda, managing director, Emerging Markets, Cisco Consumer Products. "Our new E-series routers offer an array of solutions for the needs of today's home networking consumer and is ideal for premium media experiences."
All Linksys E-Series routers include Cisco Connect software which is designed to help users set up their network in a few steps and customise their wireless settings to match their preferences, set parental controls, provide guest internet access to visitors using a separate guest network, check their broadband connection speed with the Broadband Speed Meter and check for automatic firmware and software updates.