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24 June 2009, 10:03

Cisco launches Linux powered Wireless-N router

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The Linksys WRT160NL wireless router.
Zoom The Linksys WRT160NL wireless router.
Cisco has announced the launch of a new Linux powered Wireless-N broadband router with Storage Link and media sharing functionality, the Linksys WRT160NL. The new 802.11n draft 2.0 router includes dual antenna with R-SMA connectors, a 400Mhz processor, 8 MB of Flash memory, 32 MB of DDRAM and a USB 2.0 port for connecting external storage devices with media to be played back over the network via the built-in media server. Aaron Marinari, senior product manager for Cisco's Consumer Business Group said "In the past we have had many successful Linux powered devices. The WRT160NL is the logical next step combining Linux, 802.11n technology and USB storage functionality."

As the router is Linux-based, it should only be a matter of time before users start modifying the source code and adding additional features and functionality to the unit, such as BitTorrent downloaders. The current firmware and source code is available to download from the Linksys support page.

More information about the Linksys WRT160NL can be found in the provided Data SheetPDF and User GuidePDF. According to Cisco, the WRT160NL will retail for $119.99 and should be available from authorised Linksys by Cisco retailers, resellers, and VAR partners soon.


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