Networking vendor, Cisco Systems, has refreshed its range of Linksys E and X-series of wireless products.
Sporting the latest industrial design, Cisco’s updated wireless router family has been designed to take the challenge out of networking for consumers through an approach that focuses on simplicity.
“Routers have progressed to the level where they are no longer an office appliance, but a central communication tool,” Cisco Australia and New Zealand home networking division marketing director, Todd Linton, said.
“The new Linksys series marks a big breakthrough in simplicity and enables consumers with little to no technical knowledge to get connected.”
There are now five wireless routers in the Linksys E-Series lineup that provide speeds of up to 450Mbps, with innovative features such as 3x3 spatial stream configuration for improved coverage and external power amplifiers for a stronger signal to reduce dead spots.
Cisco’s virtual USB technology is also included to allow for USB printers, storage, and other devices to be connected to the network, and select E-series models now also feature native IPv6 and 6rd support.
“It’s not just a new case, but the new design of the routers has also extended to improved performance and features,” Cisco Australia and New Zealand marketing manager, Scott Jackson, said.
The Linksys E1200 Wireless-N Router will retail for $79.95, Linksys E1500 Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost for $119.95, Linksys E2500 Advanced Dual-Band Wireless-N Router for $149.95, Linksys E3200 High Performance Dual-Band N Router for $229.95, and Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N Router for $269.95.
The Linksys X-series has also been expanded to feature the Linksys X2000 and X3000 models for consumers that want an all-in-one home wireless solution that works with both DSL and cable broadband connections, as well as those who want to upgrade to wireless-N.
The Linksys X2000 Wireless-N ADSL2+ Modem Router will retail for $149.95, while the Linksys X3000 Advanced Wireless-N ADSL2+ Modem Router will retail for $199.95.
All Linksys E-series and X-series models now come with Cisco Connect software that installs the router in three easy steps with the help of a bundled CD, which includes setting up functions such as security and assigning a unique network name.
The other major announcement by Cisco was the addition of the Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender, the Linksys AE1200 Wireless-N Adaptor and the Linksys AE2500 Dual Band Wireless-N Adaptor to its product line-up.
The Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender is targeted at consumers who are experiencing weaker signal strength or want to eradicate ‘dead spots’ in their wireless network.
For users who want to benefit from Dual-Band Wireless-N, the AE2500 allows used to select between the 2.4GHz band and the 5 GHz band for maximum throughput and to avoid interference.
The Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender will retail for $119.95, Linksys AE1200 Wireless-N Adaptor for $59.95 and Linksys AE2500 Dual Band Wireless-N Adaptor for $69.95.
All new products are expected to be available in Australia from October.
Cisco recently expanded its Unified Computing System networking portfolio to improve the scalability and performance of its data centre consolidation system.