Recently Cisco released its new Linksys WAP610N, a Wireless-N access point with both 2.4 and 5 GHz wireless frequencies (dual band). The device is slated to be optimized for HD streaming, to be more tolerant of external interference, and simple to integrate into a home or office network. Now users can both extend and upgrade their network to Wireless-N performance.
"With Wi-Fi Protected Setup, you just need to push a button on the Access Point and wireless connection is automatically created on your other device," reads the product description over on Dell's website (opens in new tab). "In addition, the device and security configuration is a snap with the browser-based configuration utility. Additionally, this device features an easy setup procedure as well as reliable connectivity allowing you to move your laptops, or set up your devices all around your home or office."
Cisco also said that the device is ideal for VoIP telephony, large volume data transfers, and backups across the network. The device's Quality of Service capabilities also provide an efficient handling of VoIP and audio/video traffic. Thanks to a built-in Digital Signal Processor, video glitches are reduced while special algorithms allow more throughput for a particular range.
Costing $119.99, consumers and businesses can order the new access point by heading to Dell here (opens in new tab). The device requires Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit.
i guess its not appealing to the general masses to have antennas sticking out :P
You have the potential to lose signal strength because the internal antennas are always omni-directional and the transmitting range is based on the position the router is sitting in. With an external antenna you can adjust the direction of the antenna to help with signal strength without shifting the router itself around or the more important thing you can do is replace the omni-directional antenna with a directional antenna to get better signal strength for the areas you actually want to cover. The second option is very helpful when you want to try to cover an area when you want to place the transmitter at one end of the area instead of in the middle of it.
Nice AP by the way
You guys dont forget 5ghz seems great but its not all that great, the wavelength is much smaller and needs a lot of power to go the same distance as 2.4ghz to simply put it you dont get same range... BUT it is nice for short distance thats why i got 2 of them and have the 5ghz connected together and then rebrodcast on the 2.4ghz for other N devices :)
i have a v2 wrt54gs thats pretty old and v4, i had the wrt350n which i like and just did the antenna mod and have 9dbi's on it, and even though they are omni moving them around i get from 5-10% signal difference so go figure
also all my linksys ones have moded fans on them ;) with variable fan speed ;)
so im not a fan of these internal antennas :/ i dont get why they keep releasing them... fine give us option for internal and option for external one or 2 so we can put directional if we want...