Cisco has launched its new Linksys E-Series family of Wireless-N routers and switches.
The new Linksys E-Series lineup includes five routers. Designed for faster speeds (up to 450 Mbps), other key features for select routers in the line include a 3×3 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 connect USB printers, storage, and other devices to the network.
“With more than 70 million routers sold, Linksys brings a decade of leadership and innovation to create products that consumers trust for the best wireless quality, performance and experience,” said Simon Fleming-Wood, vice president of marketing, Cisco Consumer Products. “Our new Linksys line offers an array of solutions for the needs of today’s home networking consumer and is optimized for premium video experiences such as those available through Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes.”
According to industry research group IDC, only 39 percent of U.S. homes have wireless, while only 11 percent are using Wireless-N technology. Over the next five years Wireless-N adoption is expected to nearly double due to the growth of wireless connected devices such as tablets, smartphones, and internet-enabled TVs that require the latest wireless technology for optimal performance.