Linksys rolled out some new draft 11n products, some with an new package that looks kind of UFOish.
New Wireless Products
Linksys added even more draft 11n products to its already extensive product line and introduced a new "consumer friendly" enclosure. The WRT160N Wireless-N Broadband Router and WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router are based on Broadcom Intensi-fi silicon and are the first Linksys draft 11n routers to feature "new enhanced RangePlus internal antenna technology".
Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router
Both have single-band 2.4 GHz radios, but the 160N has a four-port 10/100 switch
while the 310N has a gigabit switch. The duo also feature a new setup process
with Flash video-based guided installation, and simplified terminology. Linksys
said both are available now with estimated street prices of $100 and
$130 for the 160N and 310N respectively.
WRT160N Wireless-N Broadband Router
The dual-band adapter drought seems to be easing and Linksys is helping out with three new adapters: the WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless-N USB Notebook Adapter, WEC600N Dual-Band Wireless-N ExpressCard Adapter and WGA600N Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming Adapter.
WEC600N Dual-Band Wireless-N ExpressCard Adapter
Linksys didn't have much to say in its release about the new USB and Express card adapters, other than pricing and availabilty. Both are "available now" at estimated street prices of $80.
The WGA600N Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming Adapter is a dual-band draft 11n to Ethernet adapter that supports gaming consoles, VoIP adapters or anything else with an Ethernet port and requires no drivers or other software. It also is available now with estimated street pricing between $90 and $100.
WGA600N Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming Adapter
I did a little digging on the FCC ID site and found that the Gaming adapter uses an Atheros AR9104 802.11n Dual-band 2x2 MIMO Radio, AR9160 BB/MAC and Ubicom IP5090 controller. I couldn't get any internal details on the USB adapter since Linksys asked for a 45 day delay on their release. No details on the Express card either, since I couldn't find it in the FCC database.
Linksys also wanted everyone to know that it has a "new and improved version" of its Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA) network setup tool. The new version features live technical support via an embedded WebEx client and "educational tools" to help consumers make the most of their home networks.
New and Improved Linksys EasyLink Advisor
Finally, the WVC54GCA Wireless-G Internet Home Monitoring Camera with Audio was introduced. To tell you the truth, I can't see much difference between it and the WVC54GC that's been out for awhile. So I asked my Linksys contact to explain the difference and he replied "Higher resolution, better in low light and the A is for audio. Also, it's black". That may be, but the two cameras still look the same to me!