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CES: Linksys makes Wi-Fi smarter

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At CES this week, Linksys announced a dual-band Wi-Fi router that combines an iconic old design with next generation wireless technology.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, Linksys announced that it is bringing back the heritage of the best-selling router of all time the Linksys WRT54G but updated and modernized with the most leading edge available Wireless-AC technology on the market.

The new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the original WRT54G iconic blue/black stackable form factor, but with a modernised spin as well as more powerful hardware.

Stand-out features include a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas (instead of the standard three) and eSata and USB 2.0/3.0 connectivity ports.

The new WRT1900AC ships with Linksys Smart Wi-Fi set-up and management tools and will be the first Linksys router to include the Network Map feature. Linksys has also been working with the OpenWRT community to make an open source firmware downloadable when product is available.

‚”Our new Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router will be the most powerful router in its class on the market. We have spared no technology expense to make this router a prosumer dream,‚” said Mike Chen, vice president of product management for Linksys.

‚”The launch of the new WRT router is not only a celebration for the Linksys brand but for our customers too. We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open source capabilities but with today’s AC wireless technology. The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests.‚”

The new WRT will be the world’s first open source compatible router to support a dual core 1.2 Ghz processor, 4 removable and customized antennas, 128MB flash memory and an eSATA port.

The Linksys Wireless AC 1900 Dual-Band Router is capable of speeds of up to 1.3Gbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 600 Mpbs on the 2.4 GHz band.

‚”The combination of all the above features and functionality together enabled us to build a robust router that could perform without lag or buffering for the dozens of wireless products families have on their networks today,‚” said Chen.

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