Reading through today's press release announcing a new range of Linksys X and E Series devices, we get an idea of the extent to which Linksys is betting on a big future for WiFi connectivity within the home.
“The number of Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home exceeds 1.1 billion devices today and is growing by the minute,” Cisco's local marketing manager Scott Jackson says in the release.
While the current NBN trials make the idea of a completely cabled home attractive, Linksys is banking on more and more devices being connected to wireless routers.
The Linksys press release points to "internet video consumption exploding" and sales of wireless-enabled products such as smart phones, tablets, game consoles and Internet connected TVs.
With this in mind, we're seeing a range of modem/routers hit the market costing several hundred dollars, from the FRITZ!Box to iiNet's BoB2. Today Linksys added its new X Series to that category, which consists of two DSL wireless-N modem routers.
The Linksys X3000: single band Wireless-N with UPnP server.
X3000: ports include Gigabit Ethernet, Ethernet WAN, DSL, USB.
The cheaper of the two is the $149.95 X2000, an ADLS2+ modem router that also works with cable broadband connections. The unit has MIMO 802.11n and three 10/100 Ethernet ports.
The major difference between this and the X3000 unit, which costs $199.95, is the addition of a USB port and four Gigibit Ethernet ports and built-in UPnP AV media server.
If you're on a tight budget, at the other end of the scale is the Linksys E1200, a $79.95 wireless N router. The router-only path will also get you dual-band wireless connectivity in the Linksys E2500 for $149.95, which is Ethernet only. The Linksys E Series range requires you step up to the $229.95 E3200 for dual band Gigabit.
All of the above Linksys routers will go on sale in October 2011.
Linksys has also announced a wireless range extender for the home. The RE1000 will costs $119.95 and also has one 10/100 port, and is wireless-N compatible.
As we've pointed out in the past, wireless is good up to a point. For all the claims by networking vendors, we'd definitely consider a cabled network for some devices.
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