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2011-10-06 Cisco Makes Home Networking Simply Powerful with a Refresh of E-Series and Launch of New Wireless-N Peripherals

 

Cisco Makes Home Networking Simply Powerful with a Refresh of E-Series and Launch of New Wireless-N Peripherals

New Products Set Industry Benchmarks for Speed, Range and Ease of Use, Enabling Consumers to Live a Fuss-Free, Wireless Lifestyle

Manila, Philippines, 6 October 2011 Cisco today launched a refresh of Linksys E-series wireless routers and Linksys Wireless-N peripherals, offering consumers a multitude of choices to plug into a powerful wireless experience in the home.

Cisco’s new products are characterized by high performance with cutting-edge technology, setting new benchmarks for speed, range and ease-of-use while featuring the latest industrial design that combines aesthetics and advanced functionality.

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.

Ulrike Tegtmeier, Vice President, International, Cisco Home Networking Business Unit, said, “The home network is now a complex mix of various devices connecting to one platform, and consumers are demanding reliability and speed to meet their digital lifestyle needs. Beyond the smart phone and personal computer, devices that are connected to the home network include TVs, Blu-Ray players, game consoles and set-top boxes. The increasingly sophisticated requirements of consumers today underscore the importance of wireless connectivity for a next-generation home entertainment experience.”

Linksys E-Series
The new and improved Linksys E-series wireless routers provide speeds of up to 450Mbps, with key features including 3x3 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. Native IPv6 and 6rd support are also new on select E-series models.

Linksys WES610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Entertainment Bridge
The versatile Linksys WES610N Entertainment Bridge can make any wired device a part of the home wireless network. With a built-in 4-Port Switch to easily connect multiple devices, the Linksys WES610N converts TVs, printers, computers and other wired devices to wireless. It is optimized for streaming video and is ideal for wirelessly streaming or sharing music, photos, movies and other files around the home so consumers can create their very own entertainment hub with just one device.

Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender
For consumers experiencing weaker signal strength or “dead spots” in the home, the Linksys RE1000 Range Extender is the perfect companion for wider home coverage. The extender is designed to take an existing wireless signal and 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.

Linksys Switches
The new range of Linksys switches include features to enable faster and more simple wired connections. These include plug-and-play, eliminating the need for configuration, as well as Quality of Service (QoS) auto-sensing ports and power-saving features. The power-saving modes include auto power-down to disable unused ports, sleep mode when all ports are inactive and smart power for short cable runs. The switches are ideal for consumers or home office workers seeking an alternative to wireless, connections for multiple wired devices, or simply to extend their existing network.

Linksys AE1000 & AE1200 Wireless-N Adaptor & Linksys AE2500 Dual Band Wireless-N Adaptor
The Linksys AE1000 and AE1200 Wireless-N Adaptor and Linksys AE2500 Dual Band Wireless-N Adaptor are ideal to upgrade computers to Wireless-N by simply plugging the adapter into a computer’s USB port. The Linksys AE1000 and AE2500 additionally offer Dual-Band Wireless-N to allow selection between the 2.4GHz band and 5 GHz band to avoid interference and maximize throughput.

Cisco Connect Software
All Linksys modem routers and routers are shipped with Cisco Connect software, enabling users to set up their wireless home networks in just a few easy steps. Consumers also have the advantage of being able to customize and control their wireless settings to match their individual preferences.

Once set up, users can use Cisco Connect to:

  • Add additional devices to the network
  • Set parental controls
  • Provide visitors Internet access on a separate guest network
  • Measure the broadband connection speed with the Broadband Speed Meter
  • Check for automatic firmware and software updates


Product Information, Pricing and Availability
The Linksys products are commercially available at the following MSRPs and retailers. For more product information, please visit the new Linksys website http://www.linksys.com/en-apac/home/?choose_country=REGL.   
Asianic, Complink, E-Hub, Gigahertz, Electroworld, Micro Valley, Octagon Computer Superstores, PC Express, PC Options, PC Worx, Silicon Valley, TCA, Villman Computers

 

Linksys E-Series Wireless-N Routers:


Model

Linksys E1200
Wireless-N Router

Linksys E1500
Wireless-N Router with SpeedBoost

Linksys E2500
Advanced Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Linksys E3200
High Performance Dual-Band  Wireless-N Router

Linksys E4200
Maximum Performance Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Retail Price / Availability

PhP2,895
October 2011

PhP3,295
October 2011

PhP5,595
October 2011

PhP7,995
October 2011

PhP8,595
October 2011

Simultaneous Dual Band

-

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Speed up to*

300 Mbps

300 Mbps

300 + 300 Mbps

300 + 300 Mbps

300 + 450 Mbps

Transmit/Receive

2 x 2

2 x 3

2 x 2

2 x 3

2.4 GHz: 2x3
5 GHz: 3x3

SpeedBoost Amplifiers

-

Yes

-

Yes

Yes

Ports

Ethernet

Ethernet

Ethernet

Gigabit

Gigabit

Virtual USB

-

-

-

Yes

Yes + Media Server

IPv6 support

-

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cisco Connect Software

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes



Linksys WES610N Dual-Band Wireless-N Entertainment Bridge:


Model

Linksys WES610N

Retail Price / Availability

PhP6,595 / December 2011

Technology

Wireless-N

Bands

2.4 GHz and 5 GHz

Standards

IEEE 802.3u, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11n

Antennas

3 internal

Ethernet ports x speed

4 x 10/100



Linksys RE1000 Wireless-N Range Extender:

Model

Linksys RE1000

Retail Price / Availability

PhP3,995 / October 2011

Technology

Wireless B/G/N

Antennas

2

Transmit / Receive

2 x 2

Ports

1 x Ethernet

Installation OS

Windows & MAC



Linksys Switches

Model

Linksys SE1500 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch

Linksys SE2500 5-Port Gigabit Switch

Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Switch

Retail Price / Availability

PhP1,595 / October 2011

PhP1,995 / October 2011

PhP2,895 / October 2011

Ethernet Ports/Speed

5 x Fast Ethernet

5 x Gigabit

8 x Gigabit

Per Port Status LEDs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Green Power Savings

Yes
- Cable connect detection

Yes
- Cable connect detection
- Sleep mode

Yes
- Cable connect detection
- Sleep mode



Linksys Adaptors:

Model

Linksys AE1000 Wireless-N Adaptor

Linksys AE1200 Wireless-N Adaptor

Linksys AE2500 Dual Band Wireless-N Adaptor

Retail Price / Availability

PhP1,995 / October 2011

PhP2,395 / November 2011

PhP2,695 / November 2011

Technology

Wireless-N

Wireless-N

Wireless-N

Bands

Selectable 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz

2.4 GHz

2.4 GHz or 5 GHz

Speed up to*

300 Mbps

300 Mbps

300 Mbps

Installations OS

Windows

Windows

Windows



* The maximum performance for wireless is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.
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