Linksys adds Wi-Fi access points geared for business networking

March 6, 2014
The company has re-entered the business wireless networking market with a range of new products.

Linksys has expanded its offering of business networking products with the addition the first of its business-grade wireless access points. The new Wi-Fi access points complement a variety of new switches, VPN routers and IP surveillance products that the company also recently added to its Linksys Business line of networking products.

Both new Linksys Business Wireless-N Access Points use the widely adopted 802.11n wireless technology to provide a fast and highly reliable wireless network, and support advanced features such as Power over Ethernet (PoE) for flexible placement, plus Rogue AP Detection and 802.11X supplicant for enhanced security. The Wireless-N access points are geared for businesses who seek to deploy a fast, highly secure and reliable wireless network or to upgrade an existing wireless infrastructure.

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Both new access points can be deployed as an access point or range extender to connect notebooks, smartphones, tablets, and other Wi-Fi devices to the network and the Internet, are suitable for desktop use or mounted to a wall or ceiling. The Wireless-N300 Access Point with PoE (LAPN300) operates over a single band with speeds up to 300 Mbps. The Wireless-N600 Dual Band Access Point with PoE (LAPN600) supports dual band (2.4Ghz + 5Ghz) operation with speeds up to 300 Mbps + 300 Mbps.

“Wi-Fi is far more crucial to businesses these days, and is being deployed for many reasons," notes Steven Lin, director of product management for Linksys Business. "In office environments, wireless enables employees to work anywhere, have fast and free access to the web on mobile devices, and enables new experiences such as voice over IP and video conferencing. At the same time hotels, retail stores and restaurants use Wi-Fi for hospitality purposes and in production, and in logistics facilities it is used to connect handheld devices for real-time inventory control."

The Linksys Wireless-N300 Access Point with PoE (LAPN300) is being offered at a MSRP of $199.99 USD. The Linksys Wireless-N600 Dual Band Access Point with PoE (LAPN600) bears an MSRP of $299.99 USD.

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