…and speaking of antennas

Linksys®, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., the leading provider of broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer and Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) markets, today announced a line of high-gain antennas to be used with select Linksys Wireless-B and Wireless-G products. The high-gain antennas were developed to help increase the effective range of a Linksys home or small business wireless network. The antenna solutions include a pair of TNC Connector Antennas (HGA7T), a single SMA Connector Antenna (HGA7S) and Antenna Stands (AS1SMA and AS2TNC) for mounting the antennas to walls or ceilings.

“One of the most asked questions we get on our advice line and in customer service is ‘How can I get more coverage out of my wireless network?’”, said Steve Troyer Linksys director of product marketing. “Customers are looking for ways to get their Wi-Fi signal in more rooms throughout their homes and offices, as well in distant corners or other hard to reach areas. Our new antenna line is a solution for these customers looking for more wireless range.”

According to the market research firm Instat/MDR latest Wireless LAN report from Q1 2004, Linksys is currently the worldwide leader of wireless devices with a 16.7% revenue market share. With more than 10 million wireless devices shipped in the past 3 years, Linksys is helping its current installed base to take advantage of advanced technology to achieve greater coverage within their wireless networks.

TNC Connector Antennas (HGA7T)

The pair of TNC connector antennas are designed to help increase both the effective strength of outgoing Wi-Fi signals and the receive sensitivity for incoming signals for improved range with the goal of assisting home and small business users to obtain wireless access in rooms that the current signal isn’t reaching*. The attachable dual TNC connector antennas are FCC approved for the following Linksys devices: WRT54GS, WRT54G, WAP54G, BEFW11S4, WAP11, and the new AS2TNC Antenna Stand.

SMA Connector Antenna (HGA7S)

The single SMA connector antenna is ideal for connecting to single antenna wireless adapters, bridges and routers, including the WRV54G, WMP54GS, WMP54G, WET54G, and the new AS1SMA Antenna Stand.

The attachable antennas are simple to use. Simply unscrew the current antennas attached to the router, access point, or network adapter or bridge and attach the high gain antennas in their place. There are no drivers to install and no modifications to the setup. The antennas will automatically begin to increase the effective range of a wireless network.

TNC and SMA Antenna Stands (AS2TNC and AS1SMA)

Linksys has also launched two new antennas stands to be used with the TNC and SMA connector antennas. The antenna stands allow users to mount the antennas on walls or ceilings up to 6 feet away to obtain a clearer signal to other devices on their wireless network.

Pricing and Availability:

Linksys high gain antennas are immediately available at major US and Canadian retail, online retailers, distributors, director response and value added resellers.

About Linksys

Founded in 1988, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the global leader in Wireless and Ethernet networking for consumer and SOHO users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides 24/7 Grade “A” product support to all its customers. For more information, visit the Linksys web site at www.linksys.com.

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