Company promises same open-source support
Linksys has announced the WRT1900AC, a Wi-Fi router the company is marketing as the spiritual successor to its most famous product, the WRT54G. On a basic level, the 1900AC copies the same blue-and-black look. More significantly however Linksys says it has been working with the OpenWRT community to make open-source firmware available, allowing for the same sort of customization that kept the WRT54G in service for years.
Optimized for home entertainment, VOIP
EnGenius have announced a new line of wireless routers under the XtraRange banner that the company says offers "top performance" for 802.11n networking while extending the normal range associated with such devices, using a 200mW radio to outperform traditional 802.11 routers -- though the company has not yet offered specific numbers. The XtraRange line includes three models starting at $45, the first of which is already available through online sellers.
Pricing and launch dates remain unknown
T-Mobile's upcoming range of Wi-Fi hotspots have been previewed in several leaked photos. The images, which were posted on TmoNews, show several different designs, including what appears to be a high-end model that integrates a white-on-black LCD for status information regarding the signal strength, text messages, and battery power.
Routers feature 802.11 b/g/n, WPA, WEP security
Netgear has launched four new wireless routers ahead of CES today. The networking company has launched four gigabit-capable wireless routers, one with ADSL modem support and one a power-line router. The power line model, the N300 Wireless Router with Powerline AV combines 200Mbps networking over home power lines with wireless 802.11n networking and three standard 100Mbps Ethernet ports.
Booth to also showcase Boxee Box
Electronics maker D-Link has unveiled its CES lineup, which should include several products. Foremost is the previously-announced Boxee Box, which merges Boxee's media browsing interface with network, HDMI and audio connections. Further details will only be announced at the expo, which begins Thursday, but the set-top is expected to ship in the spring for approximately $200.
Tech made possible through app/router combo
Third-party GPS support for the iPod touch is coming soon, an announcement claims. GeoLife says it has submitted a new version of Navmii to the App Store, which -- in tandem with a PosiMotion G-Fi router -- should allow a Touch to access turn-by-turn car navigation. The Touch lacks both the GPS and 3G receivers found in the iPhone, normally rendering it incapable of handling directions while driving.
DealNN: cameras, routers
Today's featured DealNN deals include cameras, routers, iMacs and more. Most noteworthy today is the refurbished 20-inch 2.0GHz iMac from Apple's online store. It is regularly priced at $1099, but has been reduced by $300 to $799. This iMac has a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with 1GB of memory and a 250GB hard drive. Features include AirPort Extreme wireless, Bluetooth, iSight webcam, microphone and 8x SuperDrive.
TRENDnet 802.11n routers
Networking company TRENDnet has announced two new Wi-Fi routers (not pictured), beginning with the TEW-673GR. The unit is a dual-band 802.11n model, capable of broadcasting in both the conventional 2.4GHz band and in the 5GHz range, which avoids interference from other wireless hardware such as microwaves and Bluetooth transmitters. Like many 802.11n devices the 673GR has a theoretical peak of 300Mbps, though practical speeds are closer to 200Mbps; as an alternative, gigabit Ethernet connections can be used. Pricing and availability are currently unpublished.
NETGEAR at CES
NETGEAR is using CES to announce several new products, beginning with new routers. The WNDR3700 is an 802.11n dual-band router, supporting both 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies. It is additionally equipped with gigabit Ethernet ports, and a USB port intended to connect network storage. Connection stability is enhanced by the presence of eight antennas. The DGND3300 is another dual-band 802.11n router, but whose main features include twin (NAT and SPI) firewalls and the ability to serve as a repeater.
Linksys-setup Wizard - Mac
Linksys has announced its Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA) Setup Wizard for configuring its wireless routers on Mac OS X. It will ship with all new products and will be available for download for select current routers, including the WRT310N, WRT160N, WRT110N and the WRT54G2. Linksys is committing to expanding its support for Mac customers using Linksys products. "Linksys is launching LELA setup and technical support for Mac OS X because we recognize the need to better support the ever-growing number of Macs users," said Greg Memo, vice president and general manager, Linksys Consumer Business Organization.
Four new Linksys routers
Cisco subsidiary Linksys has released four new Wi-Fi routers, using designs which mark a significant departure from previous products. Whereas the company had typically used a signature box shape, often in blue or silver colors, the new routers are thin and curved, and almost exclusively shelled in glossy black material. Common features are said to include firewalls and 256-bit encryption, automatic push-button configuration, and MIMO antennas that improve reception and minimize dead spots.