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New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with AC Technology Now Available

New Smart Wi-Fi routers feature browser-based set-up, SimpleTap™ and beamforming
to simplify home wireless and deliver faster speeds and better coverage

 

Irvine, Calif. - April 30, 2013 – Linksys® today announced the availability of the latest additions to its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 and AC1750 are available immediately and the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600, model EA6400, is planned for availability in late May. 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 innovative ways, such as scanning a QR code or NFC tag. All new models feature industry-standard beamforming technology that significantly helps improve router speed, overall performance and wireless range in the home.

“The increase in smart devices has created a strong demand for smarter Wi-Fi solutions that can keep up with all of today’s technology needs,” said Mike Chen, senior director of product management, Linksys. “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 Routers deliver incredibly fast Wi-Fi speeds with exceptional in-house Wi-Fi coverage and a host of innovative tools for home network monitoring and control. These new routers also are compatible with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi mobile apps, which make it simple to access and control your home network on the go.

Smarter Routers for Smart Devices

With more smart devices entering the home, consumers need Wi-Fi that is powerful, easy to use and enables them to get to their media files – wherever they are. The new dual-band Linksys 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*, excellent 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.

  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400 – The dual-band AC1600 is an ideal option for homes with five to seven connected devices. This router has Wi-Fi speeds up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band.

  • Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300 – Offering up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, the dual-band AC1200 is the ideal fit for a small home with three to five connected devices such as a PC, smartphone and Smart TV.

The new Linksys 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 rapidly transfer files between the connected storage and other devices – ideal for using 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 to deliver better network range and faster Wi-Fi speeds in the home. Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with beamforming technology are designed to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of the Wi-Fi signals for better performance. Beamforming technology is also supported in our coordinating Mini Wireless-AC Dual-Band USB Adapter, the AE6000.

The new Smart Wi-Fi Routers can be installed from most tablets, smartphones or from PC browsers. Consumers simply connect to the router with their device then follow the simple set-up wizard to complete installation. An optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi account can be created for easy 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. SimpleTap allows users to take advantage of Wi-Fi Protected SetupTM (WPS) by pushing the physical WPS button on the router or pushing the WPS button in the router's browser or app interface.

Availability

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia, EA6300, $169.99 MSRP, is available immediately, and the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1600 Video Enthusiast, EA6400, $189.99 MSRP is planned for availability by the end of May on Linksys.com and at participating retailers.

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design, and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit www.linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

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EA6300: *Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac). Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 867 Mbps in the 5GHz Band is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 300 Mbps in the 2.4GHz Band. An 802.11ac device will be needed to achieve 11ac data rates and up to 867 Mbps wireless speeds may be achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 867 Mbps devices. **May require a software/firmware update available for download at linksys.com/support.

EA6400: *Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac). Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps in the 5GHz Band is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 300 Mbps in the 2.4GHz Band. An 802.11ac device will be needed to achieve 11ac data rates and up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds may be achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices. **May require a software/firmware update available for download at linksys.com/support.

EA6700: Some devices may require additional wireless adapters or an Ethernet cable to connect to this router.*Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac). Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps in the 5GHz Band is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps in the 2.4GHz Band. An 802.11ac device will be needed to achieve 11ac data rates and up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds may be achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices. **May require a software/firmware update available for download at linksys.com/support.

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Karen Sohl, Linksys PR, 714 658-7330 or K_sohl@yahoo.com