Now that more residential areas are getting the upgrades needed to access to the Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (aka NGNBN), it should come as no surprise that getting an aftermarket router to share the ultra high-speed connection is going to be a top priority. And if you are willing to spare no expense in ensuring that your router does not end up being the bottleneck to this new network, Cisco is only all too keen to sell you its new E4200 Wireless-N router, which it officially launched in a media event held in the Infocomm Experience Centre located at Esplanade Xchange. VR-Zone brings you the coverage.
It is a well known fact that the words 'Singapore' and 'fast, seamless and hassle-free' are seldom (if ever) used together in the breath or sentence when the state of the country's broadband network is brought up for discussion, and for good reason. With most existing home and mobile broadband providers boasting robust networks that never fail to operate at a fraction of their advertised speeds, it should be little surprise that locals often take pride in competing to see which ISP offers the lowest average network speeds.
Thankfully, this dismal state of affairs is about to change now that the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN)is upon us, and most of us are in the midst of getting their fibre termination point installed as we type this story out. Of course, in an ideal world, things such as ISP or hardware bottlenecks would not exist, except that the real world is seldom as forgiving. And while ISP bottlenecks are definitely going to stay, users have the capability to prevent hardware bottlenecks from taking place, and this is precisely what Cisco is aiming to eliminate with its new Linksys E4200 Wireless-N router, which was officially launched today.
In his opening address, Craig Gledhill, vice president of Cisco Consumer Products for Asia Pacific and Japan, described how the new E4200 router will enhance a user's online experience when used in conjunction with the upcoming NGNBN infrastructure.
"Cisco is a big supporter of the NGNBN, and we think that this is a great initiative by the government. Cisco has been involved in this project, and as technology vendors, we want to bring new technology to take advantage of the NGNBN. The product we are launching today, the E4200, is a top-of-the-range router that has been getting great reviews, and it is the kind of device you'd want to put next to your LED TV," he said.
Accompanying him was Cisco System's head of consumer products for Asia Pacific and Japan, Jaimohan Thampi, who proceeded to describe some of the new features and usability upgrades consumers can take advantage of in the new Linksys E4200 Wireless-N router.
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"The need for bandwidth and capabilities is only going to grow in homes. With Singapore being one of the frontrunners in technology…network speeds have skyrocketed. And people are going out to buy cheap, affordable routers that are just not able to keep up with the expectations of the network. In such cases, the router has become the throttling point. We want to market a product that is capable of delivering tomorrow's experience…without the complexity of trying to get it to work," he said, while adding that these are issues which the new Linksys E4200 router is fully capable of solving.
"The E4200 router is our maximum-performance, dual-band router today. The Linksys E4200 is designed for speed and is capable of transfer speeds of up to 450Mbps under the 5.0GHz band. It is also Home Theatre-ready, which means that it is capable of delivering high-definition, 3D content, and back up digital files. Cisco connect (also removes) the complexity element; setting up a connection is now as easy as one two three," he claimed.
Cisco Connect; Easy as 1, 2, 3 indeed. Three windows and you're done; notice that the E4200 sports the ability to set up a guest network with the click of a button.