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Chris P. and NBA Legend Bill Russell Go One-On-One… ūmi Style

Palms sweaty, nerves tense, Chris P. steps to the screen. Eyes fixed intently on the 1080p HDTV in front of him.  Chris steps back, fires the first question at 12-time All-Star legend and NBA champion Bill Russell. Swish.  Sixty minutes and a lifetime’s worth of basketball knowledge later, Cisco made good on introducing Chris in Los Angeles with Bill Russell hundreds of miles away in his home via Cisco ūmi home telepresence.

You may recall Chris was the winner of our recent NBA Sweepstakes in which our online fans and followers got the opportunity to enter to win the chance of a lifetime – meet Bill Russell live via Cisco ūmi.  We got the chance to catch up with Chris and hear what he had to say about the experience.  For starters, Chris had the same experience that many others have when they first try out ūmi. “I didn’t even realize I was in his house until he moved around and I saw the photos on his wall.”  On the man himself, Chris was effusive with praise, noting “He was very easy to talk to and makes you feel like he’s someone you’ve talked to before. Very casual.


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Families are Downloading Video and using Smart Phones on their Wireless Home Network Regularly

As streaming videos and music become increasingly more popular, American families are riding the wireless wave to get in on the action. 

A new consumer survey of US families conducted this summer by Opinion Research for Cisco’s Home Networking business unit revealed that families are fully embracing the wireless home.

 Results show that the most common use for home wireless among the families surveyed was simple email and web surfing at 92%, while 67% use their wireless network to regularly download videos and music, and following in popularity with 66%, access the Web from a smart phone or tablet.

Wireless devices are making their mark in American homes and are yet another way for families to take advantage of their network. Excluding PCs,  game consoles are the most popular device that families connect to their network to access the Web at 66%. Smart phones and wireless printers follow in popularity with 41% and 36% respectively.

People of all ages are regularly using their home wireless networks, reveals the survey. Of those adults surveyed, 62% use their wireless devices that are connected to the internet 7 days a week, while 71% reported use between 5 and 7 days a week. When asked about their children, parents estimated that 46% of children in the family’s surveyed use wireless devices at home every week, and 54% reportedly used them frequently, between 5 to 7 days a week.

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Going Back to School with Roommates? Now’s the Time for Linksys Dual Band

School Time is a Good Time to Update Your Technology

As you are settling into your new apartment for going back to school and setting up your laptop, or connecting your desktop, setting up your Xbox for online gaming or even surfing on your new tablet, your roommates will be doing the same thing. When you think about it, that is a lot of internet traffic going through one router. And the more traffic that the router has to communicate with, the slower the devices can get. And who likes waiting for a video to buffer when streaming?

 That’s why, when choosing your router for your new digs, look for a Linksys Dual Band Router. Dual Band technology can be found in several different Linksys models (E2500, E3200 and the blazing E4200) and will serve you well. Here’s how it works.

Dual Band technology is like having two networks in one. Once you have your router set-up and ready to go, you will see that you have two options for networks. One is on the 2.4Ghz band, and the other on the 5Ghz. What you can now do is set-up specific users, devices and guests to either of the two available bands. By doing this, you can reduce the number of devices on 2.4Ghz band which will ultimately free up interference and bandwidth requirements. Meanwhile users on the 5.0 Ghz band can surf, email, stream and download independently of what is happening on the 2.4 Ghz.  Or if you wanted a lot of speed for quick studying, put your laptop on the 5.0 Ghz band and put your room mates devices on the 2.4 Ghz band.  You’ll all be connected, but you’ll take advantage of less interference and faster speeds.

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Extend your Wireless Range for Whole Home Coverage

Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender

Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender

So you have a wireless network in your home but you have found that you can’t sip on lemonade from the backyard while surfing the internet,  you can’t send the kids down to the basement for their daily video gaming tournment to get some peace and quiet and tranforming all that space in the attic into your dream home office seems impossible because your wireless signal won’t reach.  Well that is all about to change with the new Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender (RE1000).   

The new Linksys Wireless-N Range Extender helps take your wireless network signal and basically “boost” it so that you can get a signal in more places throughout your home.  This will help eliminate deadspots as well so if you have specific places in your home that don’t get a good signal, the range extender will help deliver the signal to that spot.  

What is also cool about the Range Extender is that it also acts as a bridge – which means if you connect a game console, Internet enabled TV, a media server or networked Blu-Ray player and get them access to your wireless network and the Internet. If you wanted all the entertainment devices connected just plug in a switch into the Ethernet port on the range extender and you have them all wirelessly connected! Its like a signal booster and a bridge all in one. 

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Get your Home Entertainment Devices Connected – Simply!

Okay, so you have an Internet-enabled TV, an Xbox, Wii or PS3, a Slingbox or even a media server solution like a Roku box and you want to connect them to the internet to take advantage of online movies, music and TV services such as Netflix, Hulu or Pandora or want to play online games but you have no idea how.  Well it’s pretty simple – and all you need is a Wireless Bridge.  A few networking companies make them – but if you are one of the 70 Million plus Linksys routers users – you might want to consider using a Linksys Bridge.  We just launched our new one today called the Linksys Wireless-N Dual Band Bridge (WES610N).

The new Linksys bridge has four Ethernet ports which you can plug in multiple entertainment devices like I mentioned above to give them technology to wirelessly connect them to your wireless router and give them the internet connectivity needed to stream movies, music and games.  Without the bridge you’ll have to string Ethernet cables from each device back to the router.  This is not always the best situation if you have your router located in a different room than your Internet-enabled TV or game console. 

Getting your Entertainment connected wirelesslyThe bridge is also really simple to set up – really!  Routers have been around for over a decade and we have done a lot of work simplifying the set up and use of routers – as well as connecting devices to your router.  The bridge features WPA2 Security and a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.  The WPS button helps users get their bridge set up easily and more securely with a wireless router that also includes WPS, which most of the Linksys wireless routers include.

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