It seems as if wires are slowly but surely being phased out of our lives and in a couple of years everything will be connected wirelessly to everything else. And in anticipation of this, Cisco has launched the Linksys E4200 dual band wireless router.
This device is squarely aimed at the premium end of the market and will no doubt be doing battle with Netgear’s N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router which we saw recently at CES among others. Cisco’s latest offering is aimed at home theatre enthusiasts and works with a range of devices, including Internet TVs, iPads, game consoles, smart phones, e-readers, and VoIP devices. This sleek-looking router will help boost performance and range in the home, providing searing speeds of up to 450 Mbps – though this is only on the 5GHz band, only achieving a top speed of 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band (which is still pretty competitive and should suffice for most uses).
The Linksys E4200 features simultaneous dual-band wireless-N, four gigabit ports, and a 3x3 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna configuration which helps it achieve those speeds of 450Mbps and 300Mbps respectively. A combination of internal and external amplifiers coupled with six antennas help increase the signal strength across greater distances which should increase coverage and reduce the amount of dead spots in the home.
A nice feature which seems to be seen in more and more routers these days is Quality of Service which prioritises bandwidth making sure the devices and services you think most important come first when it comes to doling out the available bandwidth. The E4200 also has USB connectivity which allows for the easy connection of external storage devices and, as it also has UPnP media server capabilities, you can easily share your movies or music across your network.
The Linksys E4200 is currently available in the US for $179.99 and we are awaiting news on a UK price and release date.