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July 05, 2012

Cisco launches Linksys Smart WiFi Routers

Cisco just recently announced their new Linksys Smart WiFi Routers, namely the EA4500, EA3500 and the EA2700, which offers better features and performance. On top of that, Cisco also introduced their new Cloud platform called the Cisco Connect Cloud, allowing users to access their home networks anytime, anywhere from the web browser, smartphones or tablets.

First up is the Linksys EA4500 is a dual-band N900 router with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB port. It operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously at speeds of up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450). It is also a DLNA Certified media server so you can stream content to another DLNA device like your Smart TV, Xbox or PS3. Check out the complete specs below.

Linksys EA4500 specs:
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
2.4 GHz Band: Up to 450 Mbps
5 GHz Band: Up to 450 Mbps
Transmit/Receive: 3 x 3
Antennas: 6 Internal
USB port: Yes (shared storage, virtual USB and media server)
Ports x speed: 4 x Gigabit
IPv6 Support: Native IPv6 and 6rd support
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac
Product dimensions: 22.5 x 2.5 x 16 cm (w x h x d)
Product weight: 0.36 kg
Price: Php9,950

Next is the Linksys EA3500 is a dual band N750 router. Like the EA4500 it also has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB port. It also operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands simultaneously with speeds of up to 750Mbps (300 + 450). See the complete specs below.

Linksys EA3500 specs:
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
2.4 GHz Band: Up to 300 Mbps
5 GHz Band: Up to 450 Mbps
Transmit/Receive: 2 x 3 for 2.4 Ghz, 3 x 3 for 5 Ghz
Antennas: 6 Internal
USB port: Yes (shared storage, virtual USB)
Ports x speed: 4 x Gigabit
IPv6 Support: Native IPv6 and 6rd support
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac
Product dimensions: 17 x 2.5 x 19 cm (w x h x d)
Product weight: 0.216 kg
Price: Php7,850

Finally, the Linksys EA2700 is a N600 dual band router with 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Unlike its two siblings this one doesn’t have a USB port. It also operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneously with speeds of up to 600 Mbps (300 +300). Although a bit low on specs, the EA2700 is the cheapest of the three. See complete specs below.

Linksys EA2700 specs:
Technology: Wireless-N
Bands: Simultaneous 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
2.4 GHz Band: Up to 300 Mbps
5 GHz Band: Up to 300 Mbps
Transmit/Receive: 2 x 2
Antennas: 6 Internal
USB port: No
Ports x speed: 4 x Gigabit
IPv6 Support: Native IPv6 and 6rd support
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac
Product dimensions: 17.39 x 23 x 18,9 cm (w x h x d)
Product weight: 0.32 kg
Price: Php5,550

All three routers are App Enabled, meaning you can control and add functionality to these devices with apps developed for iOS and Android. Some of the apps mentioned are “Block the Bad Stuff” for iOS which helps the routers protect its users and devices from unsafe websites and adult content, and “Twonky Video” for Android and iOS which allows you to browse online video services and “beam” them to your Smart TV.

Embedded Apps from the Cisco Connect Cloud also offer added functionality such as Device Management, Parental Controls, Guest Access (so you don’t have to give our your primary password), USB Storage, Media Prioritization and Speed Test.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers are available in an exclusive Smart Promotion with Octagon Computer Superstore where customers stand to win a Smart Pack worth over PhP 100,000 with any purchase of the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA4500, EA3500 and EA2700) from 16 July – 31 August 2012 at participating Octagon stores in SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM SouthMall, SM MOA, Parksquare 1, Market Market, Glorietta, Festival Supermall, V-mall and Alabang Town Center.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router line can also be purchased at the following retailers: Microvalley, Complink, E-hub, Villman Computers, PC Express, Gigahertz, Thinking Tools, PC Worx, Silicon Valley, PC Corner, Dynamic PC, Acenet, PC Hub.


2 Responses to “Cisco launches Linksys Smart WiFi Routers”

  1. cmas says:

    I don’t know if this routers are also affected with cisco snooping with your internet history and settings.. Kinda scary in regards with breach of privacy..

    source: http://goo.gl/dB3Gu

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