November 5, 2007 -- Linksys has introduced its Wireless-G Access Point with Power over Ethernet (WAP2000), designed to provide small business networks with a low-cost, feature-rich platform for increased network capabilities and reach, according to the company.
The company contends that the WAP2000, equipped with the proprietary RangeBooster technology, offers improved performance, range and speed, and can effectively double network size and increase throughput by 35%. The RangeBooster technology, combined with integrated WMM QoS features, 802.11F roaming and auto-channel selection capabilities, allows the device to provide consistent voice and video quality to enable deployment of business quality VoIP and video applications.
The WAP2000 also employs advanced security features including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2 Enterprise), 802.1x with Radius authentication, HTTPS secure control, MAC address filtering and DES/3DES/AES encryption. The device also includes the flexibility of multiple BSSIDs that help create a more secure business network and guest access, as well as 802.1q VLANs keeping business or departmental traffic separated, notes the company. With removable antennas, the unit can be positioned virtually anywhere via standard AC adapter or PoE options.
"Small businesses have many choices in the marketplace today, but the common message from our customers is they are looking for 'higher quality and better value products'," comments Marty Wachi, director of product marketing, Linksys Connected Office Business Organization. "The Linksys WAP2000 is an elegant, feature-rich solution that can cost-effectively expand an organization's wireless network while offering the peace-of-mind that their investment is backed by the industry's only Cisco trade up program."
Available through distribution, WAP2000 has an estimated street price of $169.99, according to Linksys.