updated 12:25 pm EDT, Thu September 20, 2007
Linksys RangePlus gear
Linksys, soon to be absorbed completely by Cisco, has nevertheless launched a new line of budget-level products called RangePlus. The core component is the WRT100 Wireless Router (not pictured), a stripped-down device whose primary features are MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) support and a computer-based guide that takes people step-by-step through setting up a network. It also benefits from Wi-Fi Protected Setup, a feature on some certified products that allows two to be linked by pressing a button on each.
Linksys is not saying what protocols the WRT100 operates on, though the current industry standard is 802.11b/g. To go with the WRT100, Linksys has announced notebook (WPC100), PCI (WMP100), and USB notebook (WUSB100) adapters. The WRT100 and WPC100 are $100 each, and should be available this week from online stores. The remaining adapters should ship by the end of the year.