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Cisco Unveils New Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers

Cisco has made a major new introduction on the router front, with three new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers.

The EA4500, EA3500 and EA2700 are all "app enabled", meaning they can run apps designed to swiftly add features or change settings, and the devices provide support for the Cisco Connect Cloud.

This is a portal which allows for remote access to your home network, and not just the computers on it, but any networked hardware, such as your smart TV or even appliances like fridges. So if it's a hot day (it could happen) and you want your beer to be that little bit colder by the time you get home, you can notch the temperature down a bit, in theory.

Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cisco Home Networking, commented: "The proliferation of wireless devices and the explosion of video streaming have redefined the importance of the home network. Today's connected consumer has high expectations for reliability, simplicity, and software and apps that grow with them over time."

"Our new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers are game-changing products that put intelligence into the home network so consumers have a platform that makes it easy to manage and optimise their devices, and enjoy apps that deliver great new experiences."

All the routers are Wireless-N Dual-band, with the basic EA2700 supporting 300Mbps on both bands, the EA3500 upping that to 450Mbps on the 5GHz band, and the top of the line E4500 managing 450Mbps on both.

They all support IPV6 and have 4 Gigabit ports, with the E3500 adding a USB port, and the top model supporting DNLA media streaming. Prices are 99 Euros, 139 Euros and 179 Euros for the high end range.

Darren Allan

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