Cisco unveils new Linksys E-series routers; wireless N, advanced features

Cisco on Wednesday unveiled its new Linksys E-series line wireless routers, intended to please its tech enthusiast base with wireless-N connectivity and a bevy of advanced features.

Cisco on Wednesday unveiled its new Linksys E-series line wireless routers, intended to please its tech enthusiast base with wireless-N connectivity and a bevy of advanced features.

In stark contrast to its new Valet lineup of consumer routers, the Linksys E-series is all business. Using the same Cisco connect software as those routers, the new Linksys models can auto-assign WPA security passkeys and SSIDs.

The software allows users to add multiple devices to the network, set parental controls for each device and manage a separate guest network.

But beneath that simplicity lies a power-user playground. Here's a rundown of a few features, accessible through the old default IP address (192.168.1.1):

Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router

  • Transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Four Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports
  • Target audience: general wireless Internet usage and home office productivity
  • MSRP: $79.99

Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router

  • Transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports
  • Selectable dual-band (2.4 GHz or 5 GHz)
  • Target audience: Connecting computers, gaming consoles, Internet-enabled HDTVs and Blu-Ray players
  • MSRP: $119.99

Linksys E2100L Advanced Wireless-N Router

  • Uses the Linux operating system
  • Four Ethernet (10/100 Mbps) ports
  • Built-in UPnP AV Media Server for media content streaming
  • USB port for file sharing
  • MSRP: $119.99

Linksys E3000 High-Performance Wireless-N Router (Dual-Band)

  • Transfer speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Simultaneous dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) Wireless-N
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps) ports
  • Built-in UPnP AV media server for media content streaming
  • Target audience: Home entertainment connectivity
  • (MSRP: $179.99)

Cisco also announced the Linksys AE1000 wireless-N USB adapter, which offers selectable dual-band connectivity and WPA/WPA2 security for an MSRP of $69.99.

All models are available now.