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Cisco Linksys AC Universal Media Connector Launch @ SITEX 2012

Cisco has announced the availability of the first Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with 802.11ac technology accompanied by a compatible Universal Media Connector to connect devices such as Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles at Gigabit speed, wirelessly.

Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro has the best Wi-Fi performance in the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router portfolio and is now available through retail stores while the Linksys AC Universal Media Connector will be launched at SITEX 2012 from 22 – 25 November.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro is powered by the industry’s next-generation wireless technology, 802.11ac, delivering powerful performance with Wi-Fi speeds up to 450+1300 Mbps1. It can reach speeds approximately three times faster than existing 802.11n products but also offers better range and reliability and helps to improve power consumption of mobile devices. Its peak performance combined with the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi2 platform allows consumers to take control of their home network and devices through Smart Wi-Fi Tools and Apps.

“Designed to meet the explosive increase in video consumption and the rise of Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home, the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router with AC technology delivers incredible speed and simplicity while changing the way consumers interact with their electronics and HD content – allowing them to manage their devices remotely using easy-to-use apps on their mobile device,” said Brett Wingo, Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Home Networking. “We are combining top-of-the-line Wi-Fi performance with unmatched usability and intelligence to deliver a better customer experience.”

To open this world of opportunities, consumers can create an optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account during product set-up. After creation, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account can be accessed securely from any web browser or through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App on a smartphone or tablet. This enables anytime, anywhere access and control of the home network and its connected devices, which combined with mobile apps, enables completely new experiences for consumers.

Parents, for example, now have more control over what content their children see on the Internet with the Block the Bad Stuff and Netproofer app, or business travelers can see what is happening at home with the Gemini IP Camera Viewer app. A variety of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi apps are available today and additional apps are coming soon from app developers that have joined the Linksys Developer Community.

To simplify connecting devices to the network, SimpleTap™ has been introduced with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers. SimpleTap lets consumers connect devices to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with as little as one tap of a button or with a quick swipe or scan of a device or tag, making it easier than ever to add devices to their Wi-Fi network.

Beyond making products available through retail stores, Cisco also collaborates with service providers to offer this type of solutions to consumers. Qatar Telecom (Qtel) in the Middle East is the first service provider globally that is rolling out AC-enabled Linksys Smart Wi-Fi products to its fiber broadband customers. Qtel provides a full range of telecommunications services in Qatar and across its presence in 17 countries.

“We share a vision for the connected home with Cisco Linksys, and see 802.11ac as a key technology for delivering the benefits of this vision for the people of Qatar. With improved range and the capacity to reach Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi, we will be able to roll-out richer and more agile video services to our customers, enabling them to watch content effortlessly on almost any connected device,” said Waleed Al-Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Qtel.

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro (model EA6500), is available for S$349 (MSRP) at Challenger Superstore, Harvey Norman, Best Denki, Courts, South Asia Computer, Inforcom Technologies, Fuwell, A Genuine Technology, Cybermind Computer House, Cyberactive Technology, Videopro, Gain City and selected Newstead outlets.

The compatible Linksys AC Universal Media Connector (model WUMC710) will be launched at SITEX 2012 at Singapore Expo, Booth 6E30 from 22 – 25 November 2012 for S$199 (MSRP) and will also be available in Challenger, Harvey Norman, Best Denki and selected Newstead outlets.

1 Maximum Performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications (draft specifications for 802.11ac). Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 1300 Mbps in the 5GHz Band is approximately 3 x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps in the 2.4GHz Band. An 802.11ac adapter will be needed to achieve 11ac data rates and up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds may be achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.
2 Linksys Smart Wi-Fi was formerly called Cisco Connect Cloud. Cisco, the Cisco logo and Linksys are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

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