Cisco’s E-Series wireless home routers


Cisco today unveiled a new line of Linksys® wireless routers, designed to let its core audience of tech experts and enthusiasts take their home networking experience to the next level. The new, 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 is 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 line-up 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 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 (

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 immediately at Amazon, Staples, Linksys.com, and soon at Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and other leading retailers.

Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router (MSRP: $79.99)

* 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: $119.99)

* 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 E2100L Advanced Wireless-N Router with Linux OS: (MSRP: $119.99)

* Utilizes the Linux operating system for flexibility to customize the network
* Uses four Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports to directly connect wired devices
* Built-in UPnP AV Media Server streams entertainment content to an Xbox 360, PS3 or other compatible device
* USB port provides connectivity to storage devices for file sharing at home or over the Internet

Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router (Dual-Band): (MSRP: $179.99)

* 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 with other USB port 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: $69.99)

* 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


Sagem Orga Developed the World’s First SIM Card with Wi-Fi Embedded

This is just one of those technologies that have been brought up in the form of a “What if” question in many technology-related discussions between most of you and your friends. Now, it is possible, thanks to Sagem Orga, to get a Wi-Fi connection from a simple SIM card. Imagine what this will do to the USB-modem market. Not good, I know.

Sagem Orga will prove the existence of this really great invention during the Mobile World Congress next week and demonstrate how the USIM card with embedded Wi-Fi radio actually works. The world’s smallest hotspot creator should be the name of the SIMFi. What will we do if anybody is able to have a Wi-Fi connection at all times?

“We strongly believe that SIMFi, with its unprecedented functionality for wireless access, will significantly improve the user experience,” explained Remy Cricco, Technology Innovation Manager at Sagem Orga. “If customers can connect their notebooks to the Web anytime and anywhere by simply using what they have with them most of the time and what is the most trusted secure device – the SIM card – adoption can be expected to be enormous.”

Yeah, laptop, UMPC or MID users, for example, are the main targets of SIMFi. The SIM toolkit applets handle the SIMFi’s working system, so there is no need for installation, special software, handset specific configurations or anything. It will simply give you HSPA/W-Fi connection at all times. Activate an access point on the machine you want internet connection on and then Plug and Play comes into play. The producers say that the SIMFi can be inserted in any type of normal phone. What everybody decides to do with this new power is everybody’s business, but please use the limitless connectivity solution by Sagem Orga and Telefonica wisely.


Even If You’re Running JVC’s HA-EB75 Earphones Will Stay on

There are a lot of people out there who simply love going out jogging in the morning or going to the gym and exercising while listening to their favorite music being played on their MP3 players. Unfortunately, most of these players’ standard earphones don’t provide a particular good level of stability for intense physical action, or, in simpler words, they tend to fall out of their users’ ears.

For this reason, JVC has brought to this year’s CES its HA-EB75 headphones, which feature an adjustable ear clip for increased security and comfort. Plus, in order to accommodate various customers’ tastes, the new JVC headphones are available in a choice of three different colors, namely blue, black and silver.

Designed for sports and other active uses, the JVC HA-EB75 splash-proof headphones incorporate a soft rubber ear clip that fits around the outer ear to hold the earbud in place. To ensure a comfortable and secure fit, the ear clip is adjustable, with a slide mechanism that offers five different positions to adjust to different size ears.

To ensure high quality sound reproduction, a 0.53-inch (13.5mm) neodymium driver in each earpiece provides powerful sound with bass boost earpieces to deliver enhanced audio quality. Also, the splash-proof design helps protect the headphones from the elements. The HA-EB75 come with a four-foot (1.2m) friction noise reduction cord and an iPhone-compatible plug.

Pricing for the new JVC headphones is quite interesting, making them more than affordable. So, according to the Japanese company, its HA-EB75 adjustable ear clip headphones are scheduled to officially arrive in stores at some point in February, pricing starting at a mere US $12.95. Pretty OK for a pair of headphones that will ensure a good fit pretty much wherever and whenever one might decide to use them, even while doing sports.


SkyCross Buries the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth’s Hatchet with the iMAT Antenna Solution

SkyCross, one global antenna designer and manufacturer, has announced today that it will expand personal connectivity and enhance end-user satisfaction by enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to operate simultaneously in netbooks. The problem is this, the two protocols work at the same frequency, namely 2.4GHz, therefore interference between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth made the two nearly impossible to run at the same time, although I do remember using my roommate’s laptop with Wi-Fi enabled (I was actually on YouTube) and I did send a couple of files via Bluetooth to my phone.

The press release tells that nowadays’ chipsets and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo Mini-cards are capable of supporting both operation simultaneously so what kept developers from improving was the industry’s roadblock, namely the antenna. Clearly, this is the point where SkyCross jumps in, and unveils the iMat antenna, the first in the industry single-antenna solution that provides more than 38dB of isolation between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, thus enabling coexistence even in compact devices such as netbooks.

“Chip makers are very encouraged by this breakthrough, and manufacturers are already planning to use the SkyCross iMAT solution in their future products,” said Joe Gifford, Vice President of SkyCross. “Our antennas differentiate netbook brands by maximizing their connectivity range and enabling optimal simultaneous functionality at an equivalent price, which pleases consumers. Seamless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence opens the door for new applications and a user experience that will propel netbook brand loyalty.”

If many designers tried to relieve the device of the Wi-Fi – Bluetooth problem by physically separating the two, then SkyCross approached the whole scenario completely differently, via the iMAT antenna that is a design technique enabling a single antenna element with multiple feed points to behave like multiple antennas, while also maintaining very high isolation, just like they were physically not just decoupled, but even very wide apart. Among the other benefits of the iMAT, we find included reduction of specific absorption rate (SAR), elimination of RF components and more.

Also, SkyCross’ solution demonstrated an improvement in data throughput, further range and nearly perfect Bluetooth audio, when showcased using 802.11n Bluetooth Mini-Card modules in several brands of netbooks in an office environment.

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