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Linksys Ships First Dual-band High-gain Antennas for Home Wi-fi Networks

New Linksys 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna Helps Give up to 2X Wi-Fi Signal Boost

Irvine, Calif. – June 30, 2015 Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the first dual-band, omni-directional high-gain antennas for the consumer market.  The new Linksys high-gain antennas available in a 2- and 4-pack (WRT004ANT and WRT002ANT) help improve a router’s signal strength specifically at the edge of a Wi-Fi network resulting in enhanced Wi-Fi performance.

Compatible with any wireless router that features an RP-SMA connection, these new antennas deliver 4dBi in the 2.4GHz band and 7dBi in the 5 GHz band for up to 2X* antenna gain over stock antennas. Easy to install, simply detach router’s factory antennas and replace with the new high-gain antennas.

High-Gain Antenna Benefit
So how can a dual-band high-gain antenna really help the average consumer home?  Mike Chen, vice president of product management and engineering, said “Antennas amplify a Wi-Fi signal and improve performance within the coverage area – providing a stronger Wi-Fi signal.  New antennas like ours will help customers that are looking to improve their Wi-Fi throughput at the boundaries of their existing wireless network. In Linksys testing, the antennas optimize performance best in a single story environment where the router is on the same floor as the primary Wi-Fi usage. If users require signal enhancement on multiple floors, a range extender is more ideal.”

Upgrading a Wi-Fi router or other device to omni-directional antennas can also help improve connectivity with mobile devices in the home and resolve basic signal issues.  However depending on the environment a repeater or range extender maybe needed which can amplify and relay signals in multi-level homes. 
Linksys WRT004ANT and WRT002ANT Omni-directional High Gain Antennas Features:

 

Feature Benefit

2X antenna gain*

7 dBi on 5GHz band is 2X gain than standard stock antennas

Simultaneous Dual Band up to
4dBi - 2.4GHz
7dbi - 5GHz

Operates on both the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands

Omni
Directional

Extends your Wi-Fi coverage for both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands on the horizontal plane

RP-SMA Connectors

For easy installation on routers. Simply detach factory antennas and attach the High-Gain Antennas using the RP-SMA connectors

 

Pricing and Availability
Linksys WRT004ANT and WRT002ANT Omni-directional High Gain Antennas are available at leading online retailers including Amazon, Newegg and Linksys.com at an MSRP of $99.99 and $59.99 respectively.

 

 

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 linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

 

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†Range specifications are based on performance test results under normal use case conditions. Actual ranges will increase or decrease depending on wireless obstructions, operating environments, and building material. Wireless coverage claims are used only as reference and are not guaranteed as each wireless network is unique.

*Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specification. 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.