MEGATech Videos: Linksys EA6500 Smart WiFi AC Router with Cloud Connect Apps

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Some people might tell you that innovation with routers is pretty much dead. They’ve become those kinds of commodities where we want to plug them in, put them in the corner, and just assume that they’ll work. Cisco/Linksys feels that there is still room to grow and innovate and that’s why they have now introduced the Linksys Smart WiFi AC 1750 HD Video Pro, also known as the Linksys EA6500.

We met up with Mathieu Whelan to discuss some of these innovations. You might remember him from when we look at the Linksys E-Series routers last year. For speed freaks, the biggest update with the EA6500 is the introduction of 802.11ac, which is the next generation of Wi-Fi technology to follow the 802.11n standard. Using the 5GHz band (the EA6500 also supports 2.4GHz), you are able to get a wireless throughput of 1300Mbps. That’s crazy fast and, before you say that there aren’t any AC products out there to use it, Linksys has also introduced an AC hub to work with it.

But other companies can do AC too, so what is Linksys doing differently? They’ve got the Smart WiFi app that allows for fantastic remote control of your wireless router through your Android or iOS device, as well as several third-party applications that can further expand this functionality. From the app, which works with the Cisco Connect Cloud service, you have access to robust parental controls, guest networks, and more. Check out the video interview and then read the full press release below for more info.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA6500 is available now for $219.99 and the accompanying AC Universal Media Connector (WUMV710) is $159.99.

Full Press Release »

Fastest Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with AC Technology Available for Purchase Starting Today

New Collaborations with Industry Leaders Help Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Further Simplify Home Control, Entertainment, Security and Internet Access

TORONTO, October 4, 2012 – Linksys today announced the availability of the first Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with 802.11ac technology accompanied by a compatible Universal Media Connector to connect devices such as Smart TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles at Gigabit speed, wirelessly. The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro has the best Wi-Fi performance in the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router portfolio and, together with the Linksys AC Universal Media Connector, is now available through retail and online stores in Canada.

The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro, is powered by the industry’s next-generation wireless technology, 802.11ac, delivering powerful performance with Wi-Fi speeds up to 450+1300 Mbps1. It can reach speeds approximately three times faster than existing 802.11n products but also
offers better range and reliability and helps to improve power consumption of mobile devices. Its peak performance combined with the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi2 platform allows consumers to take control of their home network and devices through Smart Wi-Fi Tools and Apps.

“Designed to meet the explosive increase in video consumption and the rise of Wi-Fi enabled devices in the home, the new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router with AC technology delivers incredible speed and simplicity while changing the way consumers interact with their electronics and HD content – allowing
them to manage their devices remotely using easy-to-use apps on their mobile device,” said Brett Wingo, vice president and general manager, Cisco Home Networking. “We are combining top of the line Wi-Fi performance with unmatched usability and intelligence to deliver a better customer experience.”

To open this world of opportunities, consumers can create an optional Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account during product set-up. After creation the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Account can be accessed securely from any web browser or through the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi App on a smartphone or tablet. This enables anytime, anywhere access and control of the home network and its connected devices, which combined with mobile apps, enables completely new experiences for consumers. Parents, for example, now have more control over what content their children see on the internet with the Block the Bad Stuff and Netproofer app, or business travelers can see what’s happening at home with the Gemini IP Camera Viewer app. A variety of Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Apps are available today and additional apps are coming soon from app developers that have joined the Linksys Developer Community.

To simplify connecting devices to the network, SimpleTap™ has been introduced with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers. SimpleTap lets consumers connect devices to the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router with as little as one tap of a button or with a quick swipe or scan of a device or tag, making it easier than ever to add devices to their Wi-Fi network.

As well as adding a new router to the Smart Wi-Fi portfolio, Linksys continues to collaborate with consumer electronics industry leaders to simplify and optimize the connected home experience for consumers. Linksys is excited to announce its partnership with LG Electronics. This partnership will help consumers get the best possible HD viewing experience on their Smart TV in the near future when using video on demand services such as Netflix and YouTube HD, as well as LG’s enhanced “3D World” app that offers popular Disney movie titles.

“As part of LG’s smart device innovation leadership strategy, we’re pleased to collaborate with Linksys to offer consumers the best experience in streaming entertainment at home. While delivering an unparalleled Smart TV experience with our slim-profile CINEMA 3D Smart TVs and the unique LG Magic Remote, we’re also focusing our efforts on simplifying home network connectivity. Using Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers that also enable superior streaming experiences represents an important first step in a broader relationship between LG and Cisco intended to enhance and simplify end-user enjoyment of a variety of broadband services,” said Samuel Chang, General Manager of Innovation Development, LG Electronics USA.

The consumer opt-in prioritization for LG Smart TVs is designed to maximize the high-definition streaming experience without noticeably affecting connectivity or performance of other connected devices, such as smartphones and smart appliances connected to the home network.

Beyond making products available through retail and online stores, Cisco also collaborates with service providers to offer this type of solutions to consumers. Qatar Telecom (Qtel) in the Middle East is the first service provider globally that is rolling out AC-enabled Linksys Smart Wi-Fi products to its fiber broadband customers. Qtel provides a full range of telecommunications services in Qatar and across its presence in 17 countries.

“We share a vision for the connected home with Cisco Linksys, and see 802.11ac as a key technology for delivering the benefits of this vision for the people of Qatar. With improved range and the capacity to reach Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi, we will be able to roll-out richer and more agile video services to our customers, enabling them to watch content effortlessly on almost any connected device,” said Waleed Al-Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Qtel.

Pricing and Availability:
The Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router AC 1750 HD Video Pro (model EA6500), is available for $219.99 (MSRP) at Best Buy, and Future Shop. The complementary Linksys AC Universal Media Connector (model WUMC710) is also now available for $159.99 (MSRP) at Best Buy and Future Shop.

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco’s vision for the consumer is to transform the home network into a solutions and services platform that delivers great customer experiences. Further information about Cisco and its full line of consumer products including Linksys can be found at http://home.cisco.com/en-ca/home.

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Michael Kwan is a freelance writer who also happens to be a professional gadget geek. From smartphones to digital cameras, he's gotta get 'em all. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelkwan.

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