Fastest Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router With AC Technology Available

Fastest Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router With AC Technology Available for
Purchase Starting Today 
New Collaborations With Industry Leaders Help Linksys Smart Wi-Fi
Further Simplify Home Control, Entertainment, Security and Internet
Access 
SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/04/12 --  Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) --
Linksys today 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. 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, together
with the Linksys AC Universal Media Connector, is now available
through retail and online stores in the US.  
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 Mbps(1). 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-Fi(2) 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's 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(TM) 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.  
As well as adding a new router to the Smart Wi-Fi portfolio, Linksys
continues to collaborate with consumer electronics industry leaders
to simplify and optimize the connected home experience for consumers.
Linksys is excited to announce its partnership with LG Electronics.
This partnership will help consumers get the best possible HD viewing
experience on their Smart TV in the near future when using video on
demand services such as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube HD, as well as LG's
enhanced "3D World" app that offers popular Disney movie titles.  
"As part of LG's smart device innovation leadership strategy, we're
pleased to collaborate with Linksys to offer consumers the best
experience in streaming entertainment at home. While delivering an
unparalleled Smart TV experience with our slim-profile CINEMA 3D
Smart TVs and the unique LG Magic Remote, we're also focusing our
efforts on simplifying home network connectivity. Using Linksys Smart
Wi-Fi routers that also enable superior streaming experiences
represents an important first step in a broader relationship between
LG and Cisco intended to enhance and simplify end-user enjoyment of a
variety of broadband services," said Samuel Chang, general manager of
Innovation Development, LG Electronics USA.  
The consumer opt-in prioritization for LG Smart TVs is designed to
maximize the high-definition streaming experience without noticeably
affecting connectivity or performance of other connected devices,
such as smartphones and smart appliances connected to the home
network. 
Beyond making products available through retail and online 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 $219.99 (MSRP) at Best
Buy, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Staples, RadioShack, and the Cisco Home
Networking Store. The complementary Linksys AC Universal Media
Connector (model WUMC710) is also now available for $159.99 (MSRP) at
BestBuy.com, Walmart.com, Staples and the Cisco Home Networking
Store. 
About Cisco 
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networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and
collaborate. Cisco's vision for the consumer is to transform the home
network into a solutions and services platform that delivers great
customer experiences. Further information about Cisco and its full
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(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. 
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