For movie buffs the new Router from Cisco, the dual-band wireless router (WRT320N), will prove to be dream come true. This is clearly the router for next generation of extreme networking and is ideal for users who demand more from their wireless networking. The installation process is relatively easy – all you need to do is hook up a couple of wires, run a small program on your laptop and PC and the system gets ready for use. You can then start streaming video movies immediately.
However, when you are hooking the router up, you must make sure that you create a strong password and do not let the device remain at its default settings. This is for your own online safety against identity theft. With the new Cisco router, setting up a password is a breeze. The range of this router is about 1000 feet and that should be enough to cover the entire area of most houses and a little bit of outdoors too. You could work or watch movies comfortably in your verandah or balcony. You can get recipes at the kitchen or even check mails anywhere in the house.
The location in your house where you have the router installed is important. For best results, the device has to be placed at a central point of the building so that the signal gets spread out in all the directions. The signal is quite strong, so even if you put the router inside a closet to keep it out of sight, it will continue to work. And once the system gets installed, you are ready to start streaming movies directly to your HDTV or home theatre system. That should be a treat.
The WRT320N is equipped with gigabit ethernet for wired connections and 802.11n grade wireless operating in either the 2.4 GHz wireless band or the wider 5 GHz band. The truth is that operating the router in the 5 GHz band is ideal as it is less crowded than the 2.4 GHz band and hence is better suited for carrying latency sensitive data like video and audio. The WRT320N is shipped with Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA), which helps users to get their network up and running and helps keep their network updated and secure. Incorporation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support proves great for making devices on wireless local area networks more secure and to make the setup easy.
To have this system in your house, all you need to do is fork out is a sum of Rs. 8,999. Now, that’s definitely not much considering the benefits you get in return. Think of the time and money that you can save with home networking by sharing files, printers, storage and other peripherals. Once you have the system in your house, you will soon realize that you can’t do without it.