Cisco Expands Linksys Smart WiFi Portfolio
All three of the new Linksys routers are also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports.Networking specialist Cisco announced the expansion of its wireless connectivity products and services with three WiFi routers, a USB adapter and four applications to take advantage of the platform's new ability to remotely access storage connected to the routers. All three of the new Linksys routers are also equipped with Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports, which allow for storage devices such as USB flash drives or hard drives to be connected to the router. Linksys is also adding beamforming technology to all new 802.11ac routers, which is designed to adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of WiFi signals in order to send data back and forth over the optimal path. The AC 1750 HD Video Pro router offers WiFi speeds up to 1300M bps on the 5 GHz band and up to 450M bps on the 2.4 GHz band and is the most powerful smart WiFi router in the Linksys portfolio, designed for power users with 10 or more connected devices and streaming HD video. The AC 1600 Video Enthusiast dual-band router is aimed at homes with between five and seven connected devices and offers WiFi speeds up to 1300M bps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300M bps on the 2.4 GHz band. The AC 1200 Advanced Multimedia router offers up to 867M bps on 5 GHz band and up to 300M bps on 2.4 GHz band. The dual-band AC1200 is suited for a small home with between three and five connected devices such as a PC, smartphone and smart TV.
Linksys is also introducing a smart network map that will be free for the new smart WiFi router line. The smart network map displays a visual representation of the home network and all of the connected devices to give users information about network connectivity and current bandwidth usage so they can control devices and resolve issues. In addition, the Linksys AC 580 USB WiFi adapter allows consumers to upgrade the WiFi in their notebooks or desktops to 802.11ac.