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Linksys Releases Wireless-N For Small Businesses

The local area network product line uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth-hungry apps like video and VoIP. Still, there's no assurance they'll work with other

Linksys is making another attempt to lure small businesses with a second launch of networking products designed for that market in a week.

Linksys has developed a small-business version of its consumer-oriented Wireless-N local-area networking product line. It uses the 802.11n wireless draft specification, designed to better handle bandwidth hungry apps like video and voice over IP. The lineup includes an access point, a security router with a VPN, and a CardBus adapter for laptops.

The standard used by Wireless-N offers much longer ranges and higher throughput than products based on the 802.11g standard. Businesses could wirelessly cover their offices without encountering dead spots, giving employees the freedom to work outside their offices, says Linksys, a division of Cisco.

The access point and laptop adapter are priced at $169 and $129. The wireless router will be available in September for $229, and includes security features such as an intrusion-prevention system, client authentication, and stronger encryption for protecting confidential company data in transport.

Late last week Linksys added two new VPN routers to its Small Business Series line. Linksys says the new routers are designed to answer the increasingly complex networking and security needs of small businesses. For instance, one of the routers comes with Internet Protocol filtering to protect companies' networks against denial of service attacks.

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