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Linksys launches Smart Wi-Fi routers

New models feature browser-based setup, SimpleTap, beamforming tech

Linksys launches Smart Wi-Fi routers
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1750.
Linksys launches Smart Wi-Fi routers
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1600.
Linksys launches Smart Wi-Fi routers
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1200.

Belkin-owned consumer network specialist Linksys today announced the availability of the latest additions to its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1200, Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1600 and Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1750.

According to Linksys, the new Smart Wi-Fi routers can be installed from virtually any device through browser-based set-up and with Linksys SimpleTap, consumers can easily connect new devices to the home network through a variety of methods, including scanning a QR code or NFC tag. All new models feature industry-standard beamforming technology that is said to significantly improve router speed, overall performance and wireless range in the home.

"The increase in [the number of] smart devices has created a strong demand for smarter Wi-Fi solutions that can keep up with all of today's technology needs," said Mohammed Meraj Hoda, VP Linksys International.

"Our new, more powerful Smart Wi-Fi routers not only deliver unprecedented speed and range, but also game-changing Smart Wi-Fi tools and apps that allow users to do everything from manage kids' screen time to centrally store and stream music and video, all through their smartphone and tablet, from anywhere around the world."

With routers becoming the hub of the home, the new Smart Wi-Fi models are designed to deliver fast Wi-Fi speeds with extensive in-house Wi-Fi coverage, and come with a host of tools for home network monitoring and control.  The new routers are also compatible with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi mobile apps, which allow control of the home network on the go.

The new dual-band Smart Wi-Fi Routers are equipped with the latest 802.11ac technology, offering fast wireless speeds - up to three times the speed of Wireless-N, according to Linksys - strong range and backward compatibility with existing wireless devices. Additionally, the new Smart Wi-Fi routers are IPv6-enabled, supporting the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof home networks.

The AC1750 HD Video Pro model is designed for power users with 10 or more connected devices and streaming HD in the home. The dual-band AC1750 delivers Wi-Fi speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 450 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. The 1750 also offers broad compatibility with the latest devices including smartphones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, game consoles, Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and wireless cameras.

The AC1600 Video Enthusiast is aimed at homes with five to seven connected devices and has Wi-Fi speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. 

The AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia offering delivers up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, according to Linksys, and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, the dual-band AC1200 is designed for a small home with three to five connected devices such as a PC, smartphone and Smart TV. 

The new routers are also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. The USB ports can be used to share storage devices or printers throughout the home. With a USB flash drive or hard drive connected to the new Smart Wi-Fi Routers, media can be shared in and outside the home. With Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports, the routers can transfer files between the connected storage and other devices, allowing the router's USB storage capabilities to back up media from consumers' smartphones, tablets or notebooks.

Linksys also added beamforming technology to all new 802.11ac routers in an attempt to deliver better network range and faster Wi-Fi speeds. Routers with beamforming technology are designed to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of the Wi-Fi signals for better performance.

The new Smart Wi-Fi Routers can be installed from most tablets, smartphones or from PC browsers. Consumers connect to the router with their device, then follow a set-up wizard to complete installation. An optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account can be created for control of the home network, including settings, connected devices and Smart Wi-Fi tools on virtually any device, anytime, anywhere.

With SimpleTap now available on all Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, the process of connecting devices to a home network is "as easy as one touch of a button or a quick tap of a card", according to Linksys. SimpleTap allows users to take advantage of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) by pushing the physical WPS button on the router or pushing the WPS button in the router's browser or app interface.

All three models are available now with suggested retail prices of AED 649 for the AC1200, AED 749 for the AC1600 and AED 999 for the AC1750.

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