Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., announced a new line of next generation 802.11g products -- Wireless-G with SpeedBooster. These new products provide home and small office users with more wireless throughput and enhance network performance by up to 35%*. They are designed to be backward compatible with the existing installed base of 802.11b/g products and include additional security options and the industry's most advanced parental control service to further protect computers and users on the network. In addition, users can see a significant performance enhancement when these products are used in mixed wireless networks with standards-compliant 802.11b/g products. The SpeedBooster line, available world-wide, includes a Wireless-G Router (WRT54GS), PC Card (WPC54GS) and PCI Adapter (WMP54GS).
Feature in the Linksys SpeedBooster Products:
* Real-World Wireless Network Performance Can Be Enhanced by Up To 35%* when using SpeedBooster products
* Designed for Interoperability and significantly enhanced performance with all Standard-Compliant 802.11g Products
* Designed for Interoperability with Standard-Compliant 802.11b Products
* 'Good Neighbor'--Designed to Limit Interference to other nearby Wireless Networks
* Wireless-G Router with SpeedBooster Provides Additional Value with More Security Features such as the new Linksys industry leading Parental Control Service, WPA, SPI Firewall and 802.1x Authentication and Authorization
Increases Real-World Performance By Up To 35%*
SpeedBooster, built on Broadcom's Afterburner technology, is designed to help increase "real world" wireless network throughput performance by up to 35%. SpeedBooster can also increase the aggregate throughput performance of a mixed wireless network of 802.11b/g products by up to 70%. This means that no matter what wireless device is running, the overall performance of a network is enhanced. SpeedBooster products minimize overhead communication between data transmissions which enable the boost in performance.
Unlike other proprietary speed-enhanced products, a SpeedBooster router is designed to associate with standards-compliant 802.11b/g products on the network and conform to the speed of that device. SpeedBooster adapters communicating with the SpeedBooster router will continue to perform at enhanced speeds while 802.11b or 802.11g products, including Centrino equipped notebooks, will gracefully downshift to their designed data throughput.
Complete Interoperability with all Standard-Compliant 802.11b/g Products
SpeedBooster is the first speed-enhanced technology designed to offer complete 802.11 compliancy with products which are fully standards-compliant. The SpeedBooster product line is currently the only speed-enhanced 802.11g products that are compatible and interoperable with other vendors' 802.11b and 802.11g compliant products.
'Good Neighbor'--Designed to Limit Interference to Other Nearby Wireless Networks
The IEEE specification for certified 802.11g products require that the products stay within 20MHz of any of the 11 channels in the 2.4GHz frequency band. Adhering to this specification limits interference with devices and other networks in the 2.4 GHz band. Since Linksys SpeedBooster products conform to this 802.11g specification, they are the first speed-enhanced technology products available worldwide. Several countries currently restrict the usage of wireless products that exceed the 20MHz rule.
Troyer said, "It is our commitment to continue providing additional value to our products and services. In addition to all the award-winning features found in our standard Wireless-G products we are also offering additional security features to our Wireless-G SpeedBooster Router. Linksys offers as many security options as possible to give customers the choice if they require them."
Provide Additional Value with More Security Features
The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster includes new features that enhance not only the performance of the home network but the security levels as well. Besides the stateful packet inspection (SPI) firewall, Linksys has added WPA (currently being tested for certification) which offers improved encryption security beyond standard WEP. SpeedBooster also includes the IEEE security protocol 802.1x which uses a handshake protocol to pass data to authentication servers such as RADIUS.
Linksys is also announcing its new Parental Control Service, designed and developed with Netopia(r), which make it easy for users to keep their family safe on the Internet. Users can set individual profiles for time of day and day of week access restrictions for all major internet applications including browsers, email, chat, and Instant Messaging. Through the 16 different web content categories, user can control website access for each member of the family. Web site filtering based on millions of URL classifications within over 50 separate categories including, for example, pornography or violence, which are updated on a daily basis by an independent rating service. The email and Instant messaging filters let users decide who in their family can send and receive messages. Online reports for the family network are viewable at any time. Linksys includes a 30-day trial with the purchase of the SpeedBooster Router.
Pricing and Availability
The SpeedBooster line is scheduled to be available starting early April through major retail, online resellers, distribution, direct mail resellers, and VARs.
Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster (WRT54GS) $129.99 ESP
Wireless-G Notebook Adapter with SpeedBooster (WPC54GS) $99.99 ESP
Wireless-G PCI Adapter with SpeedBooster (WMP54GS) $99.99 ESP