If Cisco launching a Linksys router sounds like something’s amiss, then we just have to recall that Cisco has acquired Linksys quite a while ago. Linksys E4200 is a new router which offers network speeds of 450 MBps and has a new innovative design. E4200 can give you a high definition video streaming experience and lets you connect a whole lot of devices – laptops, smartphones, iPads, internet enabled TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles.
How exactly does this router provide me the greater speeds?
The Linksys E4200 is equipped with industry leading 3 x 3 antenna technology delivering up to 450Mbps on the 5GHz radio band, SpeedBoost amplifiers that are designed to provide additional range and MIMO technology that uses walls to amplify the signal.
Linksys E4200 comes with a USB port which will allow you to connect USB devices which can then be shared wirelessly through the router. Like.
Hei it looks good. Yeah I know it does. But you see, this is a router, if it is a ugly looking one I would just shove it under the table or throw a towel on it. When it comes to routers, looks don’t matter much. Do they?
All Izz Well. But..
See this router is well positioned to propel Indian homes to the next generation of Internet usage. Nothing wrong with the router per se. If you have watched a popular Aamir Khan movie Sarfarosh, here’s one of the dialogue which goes on : “Agli baar, badook kam aur goli jyada”. Translation : “Next time, need less guns and more bullets”. Linksys E4200 is a gun in broadband internet parlance. It needs to bullets. What Cisco is saying is E4200 can fire 450 bullets in a second. The broadband provider which isn’t controlled by Cisco is saying that we can only send 4 bullets at a time. That to me has been the biggest problem with all the new devices offering incredible riches. There just isn’t infrastructure at a broader levels. Sure there are offers of 16MBps and 18 MBps speeds last time I checked. That’s about it. Probably E4200 will provide a better home experience even if the broadband speed is low by reducing the latency between several home devices. I don’t know. With my limited knowledge I see this router has a redundant capacity which might never be used in the next three years. By that time isn’t it a time for the next big router? Oh! I love these vicious cycles.
May be one should buy E4200 for its wireless sharing capabilities through USB. And its range, you know if you are living in a royal palace.
One parting thought : when it comes to routers not much of a choice is left for you. Walk in to any big, small or micro retailer and you will be confronted with just two choices and if your stars are rightly aligned then you will get a third choice. We need more routers to make better choices. I ended up buying a Belkin router because that’s what the retailer carried when I went it. This of course after my D-Link router decided to part ways with me.