Cisco refreshes Linksys E-series wireless home routers

Cisco, today, announced a complete refresh of its Linksys E-Series wireless router family and the launch of the Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender.

According to Cisco, with Internet video consumption exploding and 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. The new products set a new standard for speed, range, and ease-of-use and feature the latest industrial design that combines looks and advanced functionality − recently earning the Linksys E4200 the prestigious 2011 red dot product design award for design, innovation and quality, the company said.

The new lineup of five routers provides the power required for today’s connected home, Cisco said. Representatives added that providing speeds up to 450Mbps key features include 3×3 spatial stream configuration for improved coverage, external power amplifiers to 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 is also launching the Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender for consumers who are experiencing weaker signal strength or so called ‘dead spots’ in the home, sources said. The extender is designed to take an existing wireless signal and then repeat it throughout the home to ‘extend’ the signal.  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, Cisco said.

“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, MD, emerging Marmets, 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,” Hoda added.


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