Linksys debuts dual-core processor 802.11ac wireless router

Oct. 1, 2013
Linksys introduces its Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router at IFA 2013, equipped with a dual-core processor and external antennas delivering more speed and range.

At the recent consumer electronics mega-show IFA 2013 in Berlin (Sep. 5-10), Linksys introduced the new top model in its Smart Wi-Fi router product line. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router (EA6900) offers speeds up to 600 Mbps to Wireless-N clients, and up to 1300 Mbps to Wireless-AC clients. The new model includes an AC USB-adapter to upgrade notebooks or desktop computers to the latest standard.

Leveraging an 800 Mhz dual-core processor for maximum performance, the router supports speeds up to 600 Mbps for 802.11n clients and up to 1300 Mbps for 802.11ac clients. It also supports USB 3.0 connectivity for storage media to be shared on the home network. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports enable wired networking. Three removable external dipole antennae enable maximum wireless flexibility with wireless-AC clients to achieve maximum performance for game consoles, smart TVs, and/or desktop computers.

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Beamforming technology helps to deliver better network range and faster Wi-Fi speeds in the home. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers incorporate beamforming technology designed to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of the Wi-Fi signals for better performance.

Consumers are encouraged to create a free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account and download the free Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App for iOS or Android to gain full remote access to their home networks. The app includes guest access, parental controls, and apps for home networking. The new Smart Wi-Fi Router can be installed from most tablets, smartphones or from PC browsers. Consumers simply connect to the router with their device then follow the simple set-up wizard to complete installation.

The companion Linksys Wireless-AC USB Adapter (WUSB6300) allows consumers to upgrade notebook or desktop computers to the latest Wireless-AC standard for increased transfer speeds up to 867 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC1900 is available for $249 MSRP. The Linksys Wireless-AC USB Adapter is priced at $69 MSRP.

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