Do you find yourself looking at the undoubtedly beautiful Cisco Linksys E4200 wireless-n router but finding your wallet unable to extend to the Â£169 price? Well just for you, Cisco has announced four new routers and three new switches which keep the good looks but not the premium price.
Of course with the lower prices you lose some of the speed and functionality of the E4200 but for a lot of people, speeds of 300Mbps will be more than enough. The two entry-level models, the Linksys E1200 and Linksys E1500 wireless-n routers, both offer only a single band (2.4GHz) but promise speeds of up to 300Mbps. The higher-band models, the E2500 and E3200, are both dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless routers. Again both promise speeds up to 300 Mbps with the E3200 offering the prospect of a virtual USB feature that connects printers and storage devices to the network. This will be available on the E3200 and E4200 via an update in the summer.
All of the Linksys E-series routers include the Cisco Connect software that makes it pretty straightforward for you to set up and manage your wireless home network. "Our new Linksys line offers an array of solutions for the needs of today's home networking consumer - from basic Internet surfing to video and music streaming, to gaming," said Simon Fleming-Wood, vice president of marketing, Cisco Consumer Products. Looking at the switches, they also have the new svelte design and come in three models: the SE1500 is a 5-port 10/100 switch; the SE2500 is a 5-port gigabit switch and the SE2800 is an 8-port gigabit switch.
The routers and switches are now available in the States with the routers priced between $59.99 and $159.99 and the switches priced between $29.99 and $74.99. We got in touch with a spokesperson from Cisco here in the UK but there is no confirmed date or prices for the launch of these models on this side of the Atlantic as yet.