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Cisco Introduces New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers

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  1. btarunr

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    Cisco today unveiled a new line of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with app enabled capabilities for consumers to power and enjoy their connected homes of today and tomorrow. The three new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers offer exceptional wireless performance and maximum throughput, as well as support for Cisco Connect Cloud, the next generation of Cisco Connect software, which provides simple anytime, anywhere management of multiple home networks. Cisco also announced it is working with top device manufacturers to simplify their networked products, (such as TVs, entertainment devices and home appliances) enabling new consumer experiences in the future.

    "The proliferation of wireless devices and the explosion of video streaming have redefined the importance of the home network. Today's connected consumer has high expectations for reliability, simplicity, and software and apps that grow with them over time," said Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cisco Home Networking. "Our new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers are game-changing products that put intelligence into the home network so consumers have a platform that makes it easy to manage and optimize their devices, and enjoy apps that deliver great new experiences."

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    The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers (the EA Series: EA4500, EA3500 and EA2700) deliver the latest home Wi-Fi technology and offer a range of prices and performance for active online homes -- easily handling everything from streaming HD video and multiplayer gaming to downloading large files, adding storage or printers, and connecting multiple devices. These advanced wireless capabilities are timely considering that globally there will be 15 billion networked devices in 2015, up from 7 billion in 2010.* Home networks will need to support an increasing number of devices added to the home, the bandwidth required to run all the devices, and the ability to easily and more securely add and manage these devices.
    Software intelligence in the home network is increasingly critical to enabling a new category of apps for new home experiences. The new Linksys EA-Series is now app enabled, to provide consumers with all-new, anytime and anywhere experiences and solutions in areas such as home control, entertainment and protection.

    New Cisco Connect Cloud Extends Home Networking Options
    Cisco Connect is the highly acclaimed software that guides consumers through simple setup and management of their Linksys E-Series and X-Series home routers. Cisco Connect Express is the company's first mobile app providing home network management from smart phones and tablets while on the home network. The next generation of Cisco Connect software, called Cisco Connect Cloud, works with new Linksys EA-Series products and enhances the users' experience by giving them anytime, anywhere access to multiple home networks, from their smart mobile device, tablet app or web browser. Users can give guests Internet access, set parental controls, and add devices to their network from anywhere at any time through Cisco Connect Cloud's easy-to-use password-protected site. New apps coming from Cisco and partners will deliver additional capabilities for connected devices, so that consumers can benefit from improved home network experiences right away and for years to come.

    Partners See Home Network Opportunity
    Cisco is currently working with Whirlpool and more than two dozen other industry-leading companies, app developers and service providers who view the home network as a new frontier for providing innovative solutions for consumers.

    "We are collaborating with Cisco to create compelling consumer solutions in the smart grid and connected home space," said Warwick Stirling, Global director of Energy and sustainability for Whirlpool. "The next generation of Cisco home Smart Wi-Fi Routers together with our smart appliances will allow consumers to effortlessly control their devices in or away from their home."

    "We are fortunate to have high demand from top-tier partners in all segments of technology and business that share our vision for a simple connected home enabled by the network. Cisco is known worldwide for working with partners to deliver great experiences to our mutual customers, and these new Linksys products expand those opportunities into the home," Wingo added.

    The Linksys EA Series is now available at major retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy, New Egg, Target and Walmart, as well as the Linksys online store.
    The new Cisco Connect Cloud Web-based software is planned for availability worldwide at no additional cost in June. New apps and partner solutions that take advantage of the Cisco home network platform are also planned for availability in June, with details to be announced at that time.

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    Hope quality on these router is better than **** that they sell right now.
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    What's so bad with their current gear? The EA4500 is the same as the E4200v2 btw
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    What's the difference?!?
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    WOW, a real new level of ugly, and i bet they can beat it again as they get worse and more inconvenient as time passes.
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    matter of opinion i guess. I for one think they are sexy.
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    Wow. So your favor shape is the box type. Congrats! :banghead:
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    I have the Linksys E4200 and i think it's superb. Stock firmware was rock solid stable and with DD-WRT i get new levels of configuration and flexibility. Only thing that i miss with this router is wall mounting option. I mean, they make a flat design without any antennas and then they froget about wall mounting. But other than that, great device.

    Not sure what were the differences between E4200 v1 and v2, but only thing that separates E4200 from EA4500 is a bit different antenna system that makes the first one 300+450Mbps and 450+450Mbps for the EA4500. Judging by official specifications. So if you already own E4200, there is no need to change for EA4500 really. If you're looking for a router from scratch, it would be smart to think about EA4500 if the pricing is good.
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    "Honey, the dishwasher won't work ... check the router!" :laugh:

    Seriously, looks like some very useful features, especially in a business environment.
    I too like the look. Very sleek and minimalistic.
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    Sure is :).

    Yea, not much for the melted plastic look. I like how the Older Netgear routers were
    Some thing like this
    NETGEAR WAG102 Dual Band Wireless Access Point

    Not sure about this linksys if you can get fir on the wall nice and flush.
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    More to it than that. the original E4200 used a broadcom cpu and chipsetrunning at 600mhz,which gave it compatibility with ddwrt. V2 uses a Marvell cpu and chipset running @ 1.2Ghz. the v2 is the one that is identical to the new EA4500 not the v1 hence why the E4200v2 is getting a firmware update for app support and cloud ability
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    I didn't particularly like the looks of WRT54GL so i stuffed it under my desk. The E4200 is placed on top of the desk. And looks pretty nice. Soft touch plastic, nice design. The netgear brick you posted is awful and it hurts my eyes. It's something i'd place in a warehouse, not my home...
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    lol, actually you fix it to the wall out of sight if need be as they have the screw fixings Or used to at least. And that one i posted is not like the ones i am on about as that looks like plastic as their older stuff used to be metal.

    But like everyone else just plastic junk not the nice metal stuff ( this just a switch though ) but can fix to the wall out of sight if needed.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002EQCW/?tag=tec06d-20
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    sorry for the newby question, but when I saw this thread, I had to join and ask....

    I actually like the linksys stuff and have used them quite a few times. However, I'm also one of those "gotta have the best one" regarding the technology, when it comes to my own home and my office. I want to replace my WRT610 at home within the next month and in the last week I have started again to look into/research the best wireless router.

    I see by the first post in this thread (APR 2012) that the EA4500, EA3500 and were just released but none of them make any mention of AC1300 ??

    So my question is: Has anyone here heard any info on when Linksys might be releasing a wireless router with AC1300 technology? (I see a company named trendnet has already released info on theirs.)

    Thanks, I know you guys are much more up on this...
    Steve

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