Cisco is pushing the envelope in home networking again, with the launch today of a new version of its supercharged E4200 home wireless-n router. The new Linksys® E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 wireless-n router provides wireless networking speeds up to 450 Mbps* in the 2.4 GHz band and up to 450 Mbps* in the 5.0 GHz band, a faster processor for quicker downloads from a USB connected storage drive, and greater range for use in large or multi-room homes. The E4200 v2 can handle all of the latest and most intensive home entertainment needs from streaming HD video to music downloads and multi-player gaming.
Additionally, the combination of internal and external amplifiers coupled with six antennas help increase the signal strength across greater distances, providing improved home network coverage and reducing dead spots. The virtual USB feature makes it easy to add printers, storage and other USB devices to the network and with the added 1.2 GHz processor users can experience faster download speeds from their USB connected storage device. Included in all Linksys E-Series routers is Cisco Connect® software, which provides the framework for simple setup and network management.
So this is what you get with the new E4200 V2:
Maximum Wireless Speed
Leading wireless speeds for fast video and music streaming. Connect your computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, and other Wi-Fi devices at transfer rates up to 450 + 450 Mbps (2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands) speed for a premium home network experience.
Superior Wireless Coverage
Built with leading 802.11n wireless technology, the Linksys E4200v2 offers maximum range to create a powerful wireless network. Full 3x3 MIMO antenna array boosts signal strength to provide exceptional coverage and reliability so you can enjoy your wireless network from anywhere in your home.
The Power of Dual-Band
Double your network bandwidth with dual-band N (2.4 and 5 GHz) designed to avoid interference and maximize throughput for smoother and faster HD video streaming, file transfers, and wireless gaming.
Higher quality antenna technology helps to maintain high speeds across greater distances throughout your home for maximum wireless coverage and in-home mobility.
Benefits of Gigabit
Use the four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) ports for quick file sharing, up to 10x faster than standard Ethernet, between other Gigabit enabled devices like computers, hard drives, and servers.
Keep Wi-Fi freeloaders and Internet threats at bay with WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall to help keep your network protected.
Built-in USB Port and UPnP Media Server
The USB port lets you add storage and printers to your network. The built-in UPnP AV Media Server enables seamless streaming of your video and media files to an Xbox 360, PS3, or other UPnP compatible device.
Home Theater Ready
Bring the ultimate entertainment experience to your home by connecting computers, Internet-ready TVs, game consoles, media players and more to your wireless network and the Internet. QoS traffic prioritization technology designed to deliver your timesensitive
Internet traffic efficiently so you can enjoy fast downloads, smooth video and music streaming, and gaming and VoIP.
The Linksys E4200 v2 supports the latest Internet Protocol technology to future-proof your network
So what is different from E4200 V1 and E4200 V2:
- E4200 V2 includes 3x3 in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz band. E4200 only had 3x3 on the 5.0 GHz band.
- Improved CPU to include a 1.2 GHz processor (up from a 533 MHz)
- And our firmware was developed in house so we can provide faster bug fixes to users and also deliver other unique features.
So basically you are getting the top of the line technology to give you faster performance, better coverage and better overall experience!
Price is $199 available at major online retailers and at the Linksys online store.
If you are wondering if you can upgrade your E4200 V1 to the V2 – unfortunately can’t. The V2 includes hardware changes within the router.
Oh don’t forget if you haven’t downloaded the Cisco Connect Express Mobile app – you should consider -- for it helps you monitor and make changes to your home network using other connected devices beyond their PCs.
The Cisco Connect Express app is available for no charge at the Apple App Store or Android Market. The mobile app works with most Linksys E-Series and X-Series wireless routers. The new app requires that the iOS or Android devices have an active Wi-Fi connection to the home router.
Routers like the E4200 V2 make a great holiday gift! It helps your iPad/tablet, smart phone, game console and new computers work better for they include wireless-n technology and when paired with a wireless-n router – you’ll get a better overall experience!
CNET just gave the E4200 V2 an Editors’ Choice Award.. Check it out!