Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cisco Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ:CSCO): The Linksys AC 1750 HD 'Smart Wi-Fi' Router Finally Unveiled

The Linksys AC 1750 HD 'Smart Wi-Fi' Video Pro EA6500 router with new 802.11ac standard has been introduced by Cisco Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ:CSCO) recently. The unveiling of Cisco’s latest offering is not too surprising, because competitors have released many 11ac routers like the Netgear R6300 WiFi Router 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit, Belkin's AC 1200 DB Wi-Fi Dual-Band AC+ Gigabit Router, the Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H, and D-Link's Amplifi Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L).

The improved range and reliability of the router is not the only feature that stands out – the theoretical speeds go of up to 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1.3Gbps on 5GHz and it also makes power consumption in mobile devices more efficient.

A brand new Smart Wi-Fi platform was introduced by Linksys. This is an upgraded and improved version of Cisco Connect Cloud, an app-based cloud-based platform, using which, users could operate their Connect Cloud-enabled routers and download apps, via remote access. But problems started pouring in during the launch itself, because users faced issues while creating cloud accounts and were obligated to upgrade the hardware.

The new platform is free of glitches and seamlessly allows users to remotely operate their Smart Wi-Fi router-based networks and devices via Smart Wi-Fi Tools and Apps. The SimpleTap allows users to connect devices to their Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers with only a swipe, scan, or tap. A customer capacity chart with a wizard is also included to make the process of choosing the suitable router, much easier.

The AC Universal Media Connector is compatible with the EA6500 and can be used to wirelessly connect as Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and gaming consoles. A collaboration of Linksys with LG Electronics has been announced as well. Users will be able to view high quality streaming from LG's slim-profile Cinema 3D Smart TVs. Using this feature will not disrupt performance of other devices using the same network and helps users opt-in prioritisation to maximize high definition.

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