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If you dig the stylish look on the Linksys E4200 802.11n router but prefer something more wallet-friendly, then Cisco’s latest range of home routers and switches will likely suit your taste. Gone are the curved grooves and blinking LEDs on the top, but these routers — ranging from $59.99 to $159.99 — still go about their usual wireless business at up to 300Mbps, with additional simultaneous dual-band support on the pricier E2500 and E3200. Like their predecessors, you’ll also find a refreshed, feature-packed Cisco Connect software suite in the box, which promises to make installation and management a whole lot easier.
Also notable is the upcoming virtual USB feature that connects printers and storage devices to the network — the E3200 and E4200 are expected to receive this update in the summer. As for the switches, you have a choice of three new models going from $29.99 for five 10/100Mbps ports, all the way up to $74.99 for eight gigabit connections. All these good-looking fellas are up for grabs starting today, and you can check out the spec sheets after the break for all the nitty-gritty.
Cisco goes minimalistic with new Linksys E-Series routers and switches originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 01:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.