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Understanding the Different Types of Wireless Routers

Things to consider when buying a wireless routers for your small business.

We live and work in an untethered world, and your small business is no different. When you initially built your network, you may not have seen the need for wireless. Now that your company has grown and your workforce has become more mobile, you may be considering adding wireless to your network. Wireless offers a lot of benefits, such as  allowing your employees to work from anywhere and providing Internet access to visiting guests.

If you’ve been looking at adding wireless connectivity to your company’s network, you know it can be confusing. There’s the alphabet soup of standards—“b,” “g,” “n”— and terms like “dual-band,” “selectable,” and “two radio.” What does it all mean? Below, I explain the basics so you can better understand which wireless router best fits your needs.

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Next Generation Linksys Wireless Routers and Switches

April 5, 2011 at 10:23 am PST
New Look of the Linksys E-Series

Linksys Wireless Routers get a new Look

Cisco today continued its legacy of leadership in home networking with the launch of its new Linksys® E-Series family − a complete suite of powerful and easy-to-use next-generation Wireless-N routers and switches.  With sales of wireless-enabled products, such as tablets and game consoles, steadily growing and Internet video usage exploding, consumers are seeking greater performance, reliability and simplicity from their home wireless solution.  The new Linksys wireless-N routers and switches, available today, offer a complete range of options that set a new standard for speed, range, and ease-of-use, while also sporting a visually-appealing new design.

The new Linksys E-Series lineup includes five routers, providing not only the performance needed for today’s connected home, but also help to future-proof for new and emerging technologies that are gaining traction with consumers, such as Internet-enabled TVs and Cisco’s ūmi telepresence for premium video experiences. Designed with faster speeds (up to 450 Mbps*), other key features for select routers in the line include a 3x3 spatial stream configuration for improved coverage, external power amplifiers to maintain signal strength over a greater distance and reduce dead spots, and virtual USB technology to enable wireless printing from any computer.  The full line also boasts a new industrial design that combines sleek contours and advanced functionality − recently earning the prestigious 2011 Red Dot Product Design Award for product design, innovation and quality.

These include the Linksys E1200, Linksys E1500, Linksys E2500, Linksys E3200 and the Linksys E4200 (which was launched earlier this year).

New Switches Enable Easy Network Expansion and Power Saving Modes

The three new Linksys switches enable faster and simpler wired connections. New features include plug and play of Ethernet-enabled devices, Quality of Service (QoS) auto-sensing ports, and power saving features. The power saving modes on select models include auto power-down disabling unused ports, sleep mode when all ports are inactive and smart power for short cable runs.

These include the Linksys SE1500 5-Port 10/100 Switch, Linksys SE2500 5-Port Gigabit Switch, and Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit switch.

Linksys 5-Port 10/100 Switch SE1500

Pricing and Availability

There are eight new products in the Linksys family — five routers and three switches. The suggested retail prices for the routers range from $59.99 to $179.99.  Prices of the switches range from $29.99 to $74.99. The full line of Linksys routers and switches are available starting today at retailers nationwide or by visiting the Linksys website at www.linksys.com/store.

Check out the press release at http://home.cisco.com/en-us/press/releases/New_Linksys_Wireless_Routers_and_Switches

Let me know what you think of the new line-up and new design!

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Cisco’s Scott Kabat talks Routers

Director of Marketing for Cisco Consumer Products, Scott Kabat, discusses some of our home router options on the market today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSD1hj3S86Y

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Valet for Students

Today, we’re at ARISE Charter High School in Oakland, CA for a “wireless takeover.” Cisco is giving away  “Valet” Wireless Routers and Valet Connector Wireless USB Adapters to the entire student body of ARISE Charter High School, for use in their homes – we’re equipping students with these essential tools to support 21st-century learning.

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“Your Valet Life” Contest – Win a Personal Assistant for 6 Months

Want to simplify your life? Valet, the surprisingly simple wireless router can help. Today we’re kicking off the ‘Your Valet Life’ contest, which will award one lucky winner the services of a personal assistant for six months.

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