Beamforming Boosts Performance in Linksys Router
Packed with features, routers shed their boring stereotypes.
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.

Faster and farther are always a good thing when you’re talking routers, but what’s most exciting about the new Linksys products, which are due out this spring, are the number of apps available that can turn the router into a super efficient tool for accessing, managing and sharing all types of content within the home as well as outside the home. Due out this spring will be the app .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). This allows users to save pictures they have stored on their smart phone to their own personal cloud. The router can retrieve these photos from the cloud anytime, anywhere. Another unique app is Qnext for Facebook. This will allow users to privately access and share large files, without uploads, with Facebook friends from a Linksys Smart Wi-Fi router. Other apps are expected to be available in the spring as well.

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 - Contributing Writer
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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