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October 24, 2007

Linksys Launches New Premium Line of Home Networking Products

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Linksys, a Division of Cisco (News - Alert), has launched Ultra RangePlus, its new premium line of home networking products. Ultra RangePlus is designed for consumers who want to maximize both the performance and range of their wireless networks. The company has initially launched two products from the family: the Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WRT600N) and the Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Notebook Adapter (WPC600N).

The WRT600N has the ability to transmit simultaneously in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless spectrums. This capability provides greater wireless network coverage and transmission speeds. Consumers can now connect their traditional wireless networking devices, such as PCs, VOIP products, and printers, to the WRT600N in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. They can also utilize the additional 5 GHz spectrum to optimize the performance of latency-sensitive devices like Media Center Extenders, Set Top Boxes, or gaming PCs
“Simultaneous Dual-band Wireless-N is an important technology as consumers continue to move more entertainment content throughout the Connected Home,” said Mani Dhillon, director, product marketing, Linksys (News - Alert) Consumer Business Organization in a statement.
Dhillon further explained that the 5 GHz spectrum is less crowded, offers more channels, and is less prone to interference from neighboring networks, allowing advanced applications like streaming HDTV to rooms throughout a home to become a reality.
Since the company has included Linksys Easy Link Advisor (LELA) with the WRT600N it helps consumers install and manage their home networks. LELA enables the user to simply launch the application on their PC and follow the instructions that include adding PCs, enabling security, and automatic mapping of the newly created network.
Using LELA, devices, such as network printers, IP cameras, or network attached storage that may have been present on previously installed wireless networks can be easily migrated to the newly created Ultra RangePlus-based network.
Linksys further explains that with Storage Link, USB 2.0 storage devices can become networked attached storage by simply plugging into the WRT600N. The contents of a connected drive can be accessed by any person that has access to the network without the installation of any custom software. This makes StorageLink the ideal solution for sharing files, digital music, videos, or pictures.
The WRT600N and WPC600N are available through Linksys e-commerce resellers at estimated street prices of $279.99 and $99.99 respectively.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page

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