Cisco Launches New Linksys E-Series Routers in Canada

Line of Powerful Wireless-N Routers Provides Technology Enthusiasts With Ultimate Customization and Control of Home Networking Experience

TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - Cisco today unveiled a new line of Linksys(R) wireless routers in Canada, designed to let its core audience of tech experts and enthusiasts take their home networking experience to the next level. The streamlined product lineup sets a new precedent for simplicity, power and performance and makes it easy for consumers to find the right technology to fit their needs. The line also includes new Cisco Connect software, which gives users tools for easier customization and control of their home wireless experience.

"Linksys pioneered the first home router 10 years ago, and 50 million units later, it's the world's leading provider of home wireless routers," said Jonathan Kaplan, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco Consumer Products. "The new E-Series caters to Linksys' core technology-minded consumer base, with a simplified product lineup that is ideal for today's sophisticated home network user."

Cisco Connect Software: Simple Setup with Advanced Capabilities

With the addition of the new Cisco Connect software, the new Linksys E-Series is designed to make it easier for users to customize and control their wireless network settings to match their preferences. With a quick and easy setup, the software auto-assigns the WPA security passkey and SSID. Once those are configured, users can use Cisco Connect to easily manage their wireless home network by:

    
        -  Adding multiple Internet-capable devices to the network
        -  Setting parental controls for each computer or device
        -  Giving visitors password-protected Internet access on a separate
           guest network
        -  Customizing advanced settings and changing the network SSID and
           password
    

For the advanced user, Linksys' advanced features are still available through the default IP address (192.168.1.1).

Product Descriptions and Pricing

The new Linksys E-Series line offers a full range of technology options to help users find what works best for them. The new line, including a USB Wireless-N Adapter, is available at Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples, London Drugs, The Source and other select retailers.

    
    Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $69.99)
    -------------------------------
        -  Wirelessly connects computers and other devices at transfer
           speeds up to 300 Mbps
        -  Uses four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect
           wired devices
        -  Ideal for general wireless Internet usage and home office
           productivity

    Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $99.99)
    -------------------------------------------------------
        -  Includes four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for faster
           file sharing with other Gigabit-enabled devices, including
           computers, hard drives and servers
        -  Features selectable dual-band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) technology to
           help avoid interference, allowing for smoother file transfers and
           media streaming
        -  Ideal for connecting computers, gaming consoles, Internet-enabled
           HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and other wireless devices at transfer
           speeds up to 300 Mbps

    Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router (Dual-Band):
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    (MSRP: $159.99)
        -  Features simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), high-
           performance Wireless-N technology for smoother HD video streaming,
           wireless gaming and file transfers
        -  Includes four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports for faster
           file sharing and provides connectivity to storage devices for file
           sharing at home or over the Internet
        -  Built-in UPnP AV media server, enables streaming of entertainment
           content to an Xbox 360, PS3 or other compatible device
        -  Optimized for entertainment, ideal for connecting computers,
           gaming consoles, Internet-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray players, and
           other wireless devices at transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps

    Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter: (MSRP: $59.99)
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
        -  Provides Wireless-N capability to Windows desktop computers and
           laptops
        -  Selectable dual-band wireless-N connects to either a 2.4 GHz or 5
           GHz wireless network
        -  Includes USB extension cable and adapter base for improved
           wireless connectivity - ideal for hard-to-reach USB ports
        -  Helps avoid wireless freeloaders and Internet threats using
           customizable security settings, including WPA/WPA2 Personal and
           WPA/WPA2 Enterprise.
    

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About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, this year celebrates 25 years of technology innovation, operational excellence and corporate social responsibility. Cisco's vision for the consumer is to enable people to live a connected life that is more personal, more social, and more visual. More information about Cisco and its line of consumer products including Linksys and Flip Video(TM) can be found at www.linksys.com, www.theflip.com or www.cisco.com/consumer.

Editor's Note: Cisco is also announcing a new consumer line of home wireless products in Canada called Valet today. More information can be found at www.thevalet.com.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, Cisco Systems and Linksys are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document 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. This document is Cisco Public Information.

*The maximum performance for wireless is derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance can vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends on many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference and other adverse conditions.

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