Cisco today announced its forthcoming Linksys EA6500 router with 801.11ac (gigabit) wireless. It features 802.11n connectivity on the 2.4GHz band and speeds of up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, using 802.11ac.
The new router joins others in the 802.11ac market, including Netgear’s R6300 and R6200, as well as Buffalo Technology’s AC1300/N900 (WZR-D1800H).
Faster speeds using 802.11ac is accomplished by wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to 256 QAM). The router has six internal antennas, four gigabit ethernet ports, 2 USB Ports, and will retail for $219.99 when it launches in August.
This router will join Cisco’s previously-announced group of “smart” Wi-Fi routers, that are able to hook into the Cisco Connect Cloud. Once you’ve set your account up, you can manage your home wireless network remotely from any computer or with an Android or iOS phone.
The real potential for Cloud Connect may come from its app platform — developers can write apps to let users manage other devices connected to their home Wi-Fi network.
Not unlike Novatel’s MiFi apps, the Cisco software helps manage the router (like parental controls) or control other devices around the home, (like music sharing or remote camera monitoring).