Cisco launches Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector powered by 802.11ac

Telecom Lead America: Cisco has launched Linksys
Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector both powered by 802.11ac.

The new technology is designed to provide wireless speeds
approximately three times faster than the current wireless 802.11n standard.

The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 blends the
highest performance 802.11ac technology with Cisco’s Cisco Connect Cloud
software platform.

Laptop and smart phone manufacturers are expected to
introduce 802.11ac products towards the end of 2012. Consumers can benefit from
the new technology by connecting their smart TVs, game consoles and other
devices to the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router via the new Linksys Universal
Media Connector.

“The power of 802.11ac technology coupled with
Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, our game-changing new software platform and mobile
capabilities enables all new experiences in and out of the home that consumers
can’t get with any other solution,” said Brett Wingo, vice president and
general manager, Cisco Home Networking.

“As consumers begin the transition to the new Wi-Fi
technology, Linksys is introducing a solution that not only includes a powerful
product, but has new innovation that enables them to stay connected to their
devices and home wireless networks from anywhere, anytime. We deliver the most
complete solution, from performance to usability to customer satisfaction,”
Wingo added.

Cisco said the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC
technology is backwards compatible with prior wireless networks and devices
using 802.11a/b/g/n. This assures consumers can upgrade to the new Linksys
802.11ac products and have interoperability with legacy Wi-Fi devices.

As new 802.11ac devices such as smartphones and tablets
enter the market, consumers will be able to take full advantage of the new
capabilities and power with their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router that offers
802.11ac performance.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 contains six internal
3D antennae that are designed to insure the same performance whether placed on
a desktop or mounted against the wall. Additionally, it features an elegant new
design that was inspired by the award-winning Linksys E4200 model to complement
any home decor.

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