Cisco announced today the availability of its first dual-band wireless bridge, the Linksys WES610N Wireless-N Dual-Band Entertainment Bridge. This is similar to the TEW-680MB from Trendnet and the DAP-1513 from D-Link.
The WES610N offers four Ethernet ports and can connect to an existing Wireless-N network, either on a 5GHz or 2.4GHz band. This means you can connect up to four nonwireless Ethernet-ready devices to an existing wireless network. The device is designed for home entertainment products, such as TV set-top boxes, game consoles, and other devices that tend to come without built-in wireless adapters.
The new Linksys bridge features a wireless connection up to 300Mbps, multiple antennas for better range, and quality of service to prioritize traffic for different applications, such as video streaming, gaming, and VoIP. It also supports WPA2 Security and has a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button for easy pairing with a wireless router. Cisco says the WES610N works best with routers in its E series, such as the Linksys E4200 and the Linksys E3200, but will work with any other Wireless-N router.
The Linksys WES610N Wireless-N Dual-Band Entertainment Bridge is available now and is expected to cost around $130.