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Cisco 802.11n router for SMBs runs Linux

Dec 17, 2009, 19:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Unlike the 802.11n-ready Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL) announced in June (pictured at right), the Cisco AP 541N Wireless Access Point foregoes the Linksys brand, aiming a bit higher for the SMB market where it is a relative newcomer. (Cisco already offers several high end enterprise 802.11n routers, such as its 800 series and 1900 series Services Routers.)

"Applications for the Cisco AP 541N include mobile data, voice over wireless LAN, wireless video monitoring, and highly secure guest access, says Cisco. The router can be used as a standalone access point in small wireless environments, or it can be deployed as part of a larger data and communications network, such as the Cisco Smart Business Communication System (SBCS), says the company.

"Cisco does not list the processor used in the router, but says the device offers 64MB RAM and 32MB flash memory. A single gigabit Ethernet port appears to be the only wired I/O connection.

"The 802.IIn WiFi radios operate in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, and offer up to 300Mbps throughput, says the company. Three external antennas are said to provide a range of up to 310 meters (1,017 feet) at 2.4GHz, and 255 meters (837 feet) using the 5GHz radio. The antennas offer a gain of 2.0 dBi, and provide omnidirectional coverage for offices and similar RF environments."

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