January 08, 2013 by Lisa Montgomery
Routers can rarely be called an exciting piece of consumer electronics … but they can surprise with some cool features. Packed with a new technologies and better communications power, this device that was once viewed as a necessity in a home office, has become an essential piece of hardware for home entertainment, communication and much more. As demonstrated by Linksys at the International Consumer Electronics Show today, new additions to its Smart Wi-Fi portfolio of routers are able to network devices at greater speeds and better coverage, thanks to the incorporation of 802l.11 ac and Beamforming technology. Beamforming is an up-and-coming technology that enables the router to precisely adjust, steer and monitor the direction and shape of Wi-Fi signals to and from connected devices in order to send data back and forth over the optimal transmission path.
Finally, to simplify the tedious setup process of installing a router, Linksys offers a free tool built within its routers called smart network map. This application displays on a user’s smartphone or tablet a visual representation of the home network and all of the connected devices, and indicates the connectivity strength and bandwidth to each device. This information is useful for seeing which device might be slowing down the network so that users can resolve issues and maintain the best network coverage and strength. And to simplify connected devices to the network, SimpleTap is now available with all Linksys Smart Wi-Fi routers. With a touch of a button or a quick tap of an NFC card the device (look for Onkyo receivers and LG TVs to utilize SimpleTap) instantly joins the home network.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.
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