Cisco has announced its first Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router and Universal Media Connector both powered by the industry's next-generation wireless technology, 802.11ac.
The new technology is designed to deliver wireless speeds approximately three times faster than the current wireless 802.11n standard. The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 blends the highest performance 802.11ac technology with Cisco's intelligent Cisco Connect Cloud software platform, simplifying how consumers connect, control and interact with their home devices and appliances.
"The power of 802.11ac technology coupled with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers, our game-changing new software platform and mobile capabilities enables all new experiences in and out of the home that consumers can't get with any other solution," said Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cisco Home Networking. "As consumers begin the transition to the new Wi-Fi technology, Linksys is introducing a solution that not only includes a powerful product, but has new innovation that enables them to stay connected to their devices and home wireless networks from anywhere, anytime. We deliver the most complete solution, from performance to usability to customer satisfaction."
The new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC technology is backwards compatible with prior wireless networks and devices using 802.11a/b/g/n. As new 802.11ac devices such as smartphones and tablets enter the market, consumers will be able to take full advantage of the new capabilities and power with their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router that offers 802.11ac performance.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 contains six internal 3D antennae that are designed to insure the same performance whether placed on a desktop or mounted against the wall.
The new 802.11ac technology is optimized for video consumption. The new wireless technology has been designed to improve speed, range and reliability and also helps to improve power consumption for mobile devices.
The new Linksys Universal Media Connector enables consumers to connect wired devices such as Smart TVs and game consoles to their Wi-Fi network and stream HD or even 3D HD video content wirelessly. It has been optimized to work with the Linksys Smart Wi-FI Router EA6500. The connector operates in the 5Ghz band that offers less interference for a clearer signal. Additionally, with four gigabit ports users can connect a variety of entertainment devices in the living room to the Internet at incredibly fast speeds.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 comes with Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform that has been designed to provide convenient anytime, anywhere access to the home network and its connected devices from a web browser or mobile device.
Consumers can now enjoy new mobile apps on their Android and iOS mobile devices from Cisco and third party developers that are part of the Linksys Developer Community. To help simplify connectivity further, Cisco has integrated SimpleTap into the new Cisco Connect Cloud mobile app. With SimpleTap, consumers can connect devices with as little as one tap of a button and in the future even by swiping their NFC-enabled smart phone over an NFC tag to connect to the network powered by a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 supports speeds up to 450 Mbps when connected via 802.11n, and up to 1300 Mbps when using the new 802.11ac standard. It also comes with two USB ports for shared storage, virtual USB. The device provides native IPv6 support.
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 is targeted for availability in the USA in early August.