It's back, again: Linksys refreshes SMB wireless lineup

Two new Wireless-N access points priced starting at less than $200 are slated for shipment in February 2014.


Since switching hands from Cisco to Belkin in March 2013, SMB networking pioneer Linksys has been busy refreshing its line-up of technologies. In recent months, it has added video surveillance products  and new wireless routers and switches. Now, it is introducing two new wireless access points that support the 802.11n Wi-Fi specification.

The products -- Wireless-N300 Access Point (LAPN300) and Wireless-N600 Dual Band Access Point (LAPN600) -- are being targeted at small and midsize companies, including hotels, retail stores and restaurants, that are seeking to offer wireless services to tablets, smartphones or notebooks for hospitality reasons; or companies with facilities, such as warehouses, where wireless is necessary for inventory control and logistics applications.

Both access points have power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities, which enable them to be placed in strategic locations throughout an office and powered through a 802.3at compliant source. For security, they both offer rogue access point detection, so they can shut out devices that haven't been explicitly authorized for use on an SMB network. Here are other features they share:

  • Advanced security including WPA, WPA2, 802.1X with RADIUS, 802.1X supplicant, SSID to VLAN mapping, MAC-based access control
  • IPv6 support
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Set-up and management through a Web interface
  • Limited lifetime warranty

The main difference between the two new products is that LAPN is a single-band technology priced at $199.99 that offers speeds up to 300 megabits per second (Mbps). The LAPN600, priced at $299.99, is dual band (2.4Ghz + 5 Ghz), with speeds up to 300Mbps + 300Mbps. Both of the products are scheduled to ship by the end of February 2014.