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Linksys unveils business wireless access points

New Wireless-N products can be deployed as access points or range extenders

Linksys unveils business wireless access points
The Wireless-N600 is dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), offering combined speeds of up to 600 Mbps

Linksys has made its first foray into the area of business-grade wireless access points with the release of two Business Wireless-N Access Points.

Linksys said that its new Wireless-N300 and Wireless-N600 products could be deployed either as access points or range extenders, and use the 802.11n wireless standard. Other features include power over Ethernet (PoE), rogue AP detection and 802.11X supplicant for enhanced security.  

The N300 is a single-band unit, offering speeds up to 300 Mbps, while the N600 is dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), offering combined speeds of up to 600 Mbps. Both devices come with a range of security features, including WPA, WPA2, 802.11X with Radius, and MAC-based access control. Both devices also offer IPv6 support, and come with a gigabit Ethernet port.

The products expand Linksys's portfolio in the enterprise arena, which the vendor re-entered recently with the release of new switches, VPN routers and IP surveillance products.

Amanulla Khan, director of sales at Belkin - which acquired Linksys in 2012 - said that the new Linksys Business unit was intended to cater to businesses for which Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly crucial.

"In office environments wireless enables employees to work anywhere, have fast and free access to the web on mobile devices and enables new experiences such as voice over IP and video conferencing," he said.

"At the same time hotels, retail stores and restaurants use Wi-Fi for hospitality purposes and in production, and in logistics facilities it is used to connect handheld devices for real-time inventory control. All businesses have one thing in common, though - they all want their business processes to run smoothly, which requires reliable solutions like we are offering with Linksys Business."

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