Linksys Strengthens Home Networking Leadership With CES Debuts

New Products, Features, and Technology Extend Leadership in the Wireless-N

Category with Streamlined Industrial Design, Simplified Setup, and Enhanced

Network Management Capabilities

Jan 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from Linksys

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- From the 2008 International
 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Linksys, a Division of Cisco, the leading
 provider of VoIP, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer and
 small business environments, today announced several additions to its Ultra
 RangePlus family of Wireless-N products that will extend the Linksys
 leadership position in the home networking space.
     "As of October 2007, Linksys has shipped more than 70 million wireless
 devices and market research firms show Linksys holding continued leadership
 in the home networking space. With that leadership position comes a
 responsibility to continue evolving the category over time," said Greg
 Memo, vice president and general manager, Linksys Consumer Business
 Organization. "The Ultra RangePlus family represents a new focus on
 creating products with the consumer in mind, and it showcases how Linksys
 is taking Wireless-N to new levels of design, performance, and ease of
     New Products and Features
     Products from the Ultra RangePlus family that will debut at CES include
 the Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WRT310N), the Wireless-N Broadband Router
 (WRT160N), the Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Notebook Adapter (WUSB600N),
 Dual-Band Wireless-N ExpressCard Adapter (WEC600N), and the Dual-Band
 Wireless-N Gaming Adapter (WGA600N). Also being showcased at CES is Linksys
 EasyLink Advisor (LELA), an enhanced network setup and management tool that
 serves as a "Network Advisor in a Box" to consumers.
     WRT310N and WRT160N
     Featuring a sleek, consumer-friendly industrial design that includes
 the new enhanced RangePlus internal antenna technology from Linksys, the
 WRT310N and WRT160N were created to complement the aesthetics of virtually
 any home. The products represent an evolution from the traditional Linksys
 product look and feel.
     Also evolving with the launch of the WRT310N and WRT160N is the setup
 process for Linksys routers. A new user interface, flash video-based guided
 installation, and simplified terminology that doesn't require a knowledge
 of networking jargon make setting up a wireless network easier than ever
     Dual-Band Wireless-N
     Joining the award-winning WRT600N router in the Dual-Band Wireless-N
 category from Linksys are the WUSB600N, WEC600N, and WGA600N. Dual-Band
 Wireless-N offers consumers the ability to enhance their network
 performance by utilizing the broader 5.0 GHz wireless spectrum for
 high-bandwidth applications, such high-definition video or gaming, and the
 2.4GHz spectrum for all other network content. The WUSB600N and WEC600N
 provide desktop and notebook PC users greater network coverage, while
 gamers can attach a WGA600N to their console if they would like to utilize
 the enhanced speed Wireless-N offers.
     WiFi Protected Setup
     The new Ultra RangePlus Wireless Routers are the first products from
 Linksys to ship with WiFi Protected Setup(TM) certification. Wi-Fi
 Protected Setup is an optional certification program from the Wi-Fi
 Alliance that is designed to ease the task of setting up and configuring
 security on wireless local area networks. Both the WRT310N and WRT160N
 includes a button that enables consumers to add additional devices to their
 network by simply pushing it and the corresponding button on the other
 certified product.
     The WRT310N and WRT160N are all available now through select Linksys
 e-commerce resellers, retailers, or VAR partners, while the WGA600N,
 WUSB600N and WEC600N are scheduled to be available soon. Estimated street
 prices are as follows:
* WRT310N -- $129.99 * WRT160N -- $99.99 * WUSB600N -- $79.99 * WEC600N -- $79.99 * WGA600N -- $89.99 About Linksys Founded in 1988, Linksys, a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the recognized leader in Voice, Wireless and Ethernet networking hardware for consumer, SOHO and small business users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides award-winning product support to its customers. For more information, visit Linksys is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Other brands and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Copyright (C) 2008 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

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