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Cisco adds to media-enabled home with new products

Thu, 03/05/2009 - 7:30am
Traci Patterson

Cisco has announced the WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge with dual-band, the WRT400N simultaneous dual-band Wireless-N Router, and the dual-band Wireless-N Gigabit Router – the WRT320N.

The company said that the WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge can add high-speed Wireless-N connectivity to Ethernet-enabled devices such as set-top Cisco WET610Nboxes, game consoles and televisions for on-demand broadcast, online gaming or media streaming throughout the home.

According to Parks Associates, 8 million households in the U.S. have entertainment devices connected to the network in the home. That number is expected to grow to more than 30 million households by year-end 2013.

With the WET610N:

  • Consumers can get better range and speed for streaming video and gaming applications by connecting Ethernet-enabled devices to their high-speed Wireless-N home network without running new cables.
  • Entertainment content can be sent over the less-crowded 5 GHz spectrum, separating it from other network traffic that transmits in the 2.4 GHz spectrum.
  • Users can reduce video glitches with enhanced quality of service (QoS) functionality, providing faster and more reliable video streaming and network performance.

Both the WRT400N and WRT320N dual-band routers allow consumers to use the 5 GHz wireless spectrum to connect their devices to the network with a lower price of entry. The WRT400N offers connectivity in both the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz spectrums at the same time, while the WRT320N allows the user to select which band they prefer to use, according to Cisco.

With the WRT400N:

  • Users get Wi-Fi Protected Setup, a push button feature that simplifies the process of setting up and configuring security for new network devices.

With the WRT320N:

  • Users get four Gigabit ports for quicker transmission of data when using a wired connection to a device within the home.

"As a number of top consumer electronics and game console manufacturers continue to bring to market Ethernet-enabled products, there is a clear need for a high-performance wireless solution that enables these devices to access the most demanding content and applications, such as HD video streaming and online gaming,” said Greg Memo, vice president and general manager of products for Cisco’s Consumer Business Group. “The WET610N Wireless-N Ethernet Bridge provides for an easy and reliable way for consumers to get the most out of these entertainment device purchases and further demonstrates the evolution to a media-enabled home, where a number of consumer devices are accessing rich media and Internet services beyond just PCs."

The WET610N is available now in the U.S. at an estimated street price of $99.99. Availability in other regions is anticipated later in 2009. Also available now in the U.S., the WRT400N and WRT320N have estimated street prices of $149.99 and $129.99, respectively. Availability in other regions is anticipated later in 2009.

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