August 26, 2008 by Steven Castle
Home networking manufacturer Linksys has made an effort to go green, both with more energy-efficient products and better eco-friendly packaging.
The company says is now has 30 home networking products that use Energy Star-certified power adapters. Also known as bricks, wall warts, or transformers, power adapters convert the AC power from your home’s power outlet to DC power that sensitive electronics can handle—and until recently power adapters have been very inefficient. In some older power adapters, as much as 70 percent of electricity can be wasted by the adapter and dissipated by heat. Newer Energy-Star rated power adapters raise efficiencies up to 84 percent.
Linksys says the energy consumed by its new power adapters has been cut almost in half. “[The power adapter of the WRT54G router] used 4.6 watts of power, and a new router with one of the Energy Star-certified power adapters can use as little as 2.6 watts of power,” says the company. The Energy Star-rated power adapters are available on the Wireless-G and –N routers and on some gateways, switches and access points.
Linksys has also begun rolling out eco-friendly packaging that it says results in more than a 40 percent reduction in waste materials, compared to the previous packaging.
The new packaging features a smaller box, no outer “sleeve” as with previous Linksys packaging, recycled and biodegradable packing materials, documents printed on recycled paper with eco-friendly ink (vegetable and soy), and limited use of plastic bags. Linksys says the reduced packaging is equal to saving 790 acres of pine or fir forest trees or taking 3,000 cars off the road per year.
The eco-friendly packaging will be available this month on the Wireless-N line of routers: WRT310N Gigabit Route, WRT160N Ulta RangePlus Broadband router WRT610N Simultaneous Dual-N Band router, WRT110 RangePlus router, WRT54GS Wireless-G router with SpeedBooster. These products also come with Energy Star-certified power adapters.
The new green packaging will be extended to other products by the end of the year.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
Linksys Products with Energy Star Rating
BEFSR41 v4.3 EtherFast Cable/DSL Router
BEFSR81, V3.1 Cable/DSL Router with 10/100 8-Port Switch
BEFSX41, V2.1 EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router (4-Port Switch / VPN Endpoint
BEFVP41, V2.1 EtherFast Cable/DSL VPN Router with 4-Port Switch
CM100, V1 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections
WAP54G v3.1 Wireless-G Access Point
WGA600N-CA, v1 Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming Adapter
WMB54G Wireless-G Music Bridge
WRH54G v1 Wireless-G Home Router
WRT54G v8 Wireless-G Broadband Router
WRT54G3G-ST, V1.1 Wireless G Router for 3G/UMTS Broadband
WRT54GL, v1.1 Wireless-G Broadband Router
WRT54GS, V7.2 Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster Technology
WRTSL54GS, V1.1 Wireless-G Media Storage Link Router with SpeedBooster
WRT55AG v2 Wireless A+G Broadband Router
WAP55AG v2 Wireless A+G Access Point
WRT150N, V1 Wireless-N Home Router
WRT160N, V1 Wireless-N Broadband Router
WRT300N-RM, V1.1 Wireless-N Broadband Router
WRT310N, v1 Wireless-N Gigabit Router
WRT160N Wireless-N Ultra RangePlus Broadband Router
WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router
WRT110 Wireless Broadband Home Router
WRT610N Simulatenous Wireless-N Dual Band Router
WAG160N Wireless-N ADSL2+ Gateway
WRT610N Wireless-N Dual Band
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