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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cisco announces new Linux-powered router

cisco-n-routerCisco is a well known name when it comes to networking devices and this time they have announced a new Linux-powered router known as the Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL). This new model is actually the next generation WRT54GL that complements the existing Linksys by Cisco consumer router line-up. When you take a look at it, it actually closely resembles other Linksys by Cisco N-routers, although it does come with built-in connectors for external antennae. As for consumers who prefer external aerials, the new Linksys by Cisco router design also comes with integrated R-SMA antenna connectors. In addition, the integrated Storage Link functionality allows consumers to hook up their USB storage device to the router in order to create a powerful media sharing solution which makes room for video, photo and music sharing through the integrated media server.

The Storage Link port allows users to connect USB storage devices to the router, enabling other people connected to the network to share file items like music, video, or data files. The media server is able to stream to computers as well as other UPnP AV digital media adapters. In addition, the integrated Storage Link port will also support FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems in both read and write mode. The two R-SMA antenna connectors were specially designed to enable tech savvy users to be more flexible in their antennae choice and placement.

The $119.99 WRT160NL router will feature the following system specifications :-

  • Linux powered
  • 802.11n draft 2.0 certified
  • 400Mhz processor
  • 8 Megabytes Flash memory
  • 32 Megabytes DDRAM
  • Storage Link port (USB 2.0)
  • UPnP AV media server
  • Wi-Fi protected Setup pushbutton security
  • 2 x R-SMA antennae connectors

According to Aaron Marinari, senior product manager, Cisco Consumer Business Group, "In the past we have had many successful Linux powered devices with the WRT54GL and NSLU2 being great examples. The WRT160NL is the logical next step combining Linux, 802.11n technology and USB storage functionality. We see the WRT160NL as a possible successor of our WRT54GL as the market transitions to 802.11n - but then with storage functionality on top of that."

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