Cisco today announced two new lines of wireless routers: the Valet series and the Linksys E-series. Both share the same design, with the only obvious differentiator being the color. The white Valet routers target the general consumer, while the black E-series is designed for “tech enthusiasts” like yours truly.
Within the Valet line, there is the $99.99 Valet with four 10/100 ethernet ports and the $149.99 Valet Plus that is upgraded to four gigabit ethernet ports and boasts increased range over its entry-level counterpart. Cisco is also providing a USB WiFi stick, the Valet Connector, for $79.99. The Valet series emphasizes an easy setup process that involves simply plugging in the USB installation stick that comes with the router.
The Linksys E-Series also starts off with a $79.99 entry level E1000 that sports four 10/100 ethernet ports, a 2.4 GHz band, and 2 internal antennas. The more advanced E2000 ($119.99) has selectable 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bands with four gigabit ports and 3 antennas, while the top of the line E3000 ($179.99) has simultaneous 2.4/5 GHz bands, four gigabit ports, 6 antennas and an added bonus of a built in UPnP media server functionality. Lastly the E2100L ($119.99) is the odd one out with its 2 external antennas that we assume provides better range, but only four 10/100 ports and a 2.4 GHz band. The E-series also includes the Linksys AE1000 wireless adapter for $69.99.
All products are available now in Cisco’s online store.