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Cisco upgrades Cisco Spark and launches Cisco Spark Board

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cisco Spark is the company’s cloud-based, unified communications platform, while the Cisco Spark Board is an interactive electronic whiteboard for the future workplace. Prices below.

Cisco showcased its upgraded Cisco Spark – the company’s cloud-based, all-in-one messaging, meetings, calls and conferencing platform designed for the workplace of the future.

The new version of its flagship collaboration solution includes a simplified user interface, more features, and seamless linking to Cisco’s wide portfolio of corporate phone systems, WebEx meeting and video conferencing technologies.

The launch was held at the Impact Hub Singapore, a coworking community with over 670 members comprising both ideation stage startups to billion-dollar “Unicorn” ventures.

Cisco also launched for Asia its Cisco Spark Board, a new plug-and-play, all-in-one device for team collaboration that lets users wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference whether you are in the physical conference room or not. (Prices below.)


Cisco sells new wireless-N USB adapter

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

In addition to the Linksys family of switches for wired devices, Cisco has also released the Linksys AE 1000 Wireless-N High-Performance USB Adapter (S$59), which enables users to upgrade their Windows-based laptops and desktops to the latest wireless-N technology.

The Linksys AE1000 Wireless-N USB adapter from Cisco.

The Linksys AE1000 Wireless-N USB adapter from Cisco.

The Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter provides Wireless-N capability to Windows desktop computers and laptops. It features selectable dual-band wireless-N, so that the computer can connect to either a 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz wireless network.

A USB extension cable and adapter base are included for improved wireless connectivity – ideal for hard-to-reach USB ports. Customisable security settings, such as WPA/WPA2 Personal and WPA/WPA2 Enterprise help avoid wireless freeloaders and Internet threats.

The Linksys AE1000 High-Performance Wireless-N USB Adapter is priced at S$59.

Cisco unveils new switches for wired home networking

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Even though Cisco has terminated the FLIP portable video recorder, its consumer products division continues to produce home networking equipment for wired devices. Today it unveiled three Linksys switches that promise both simplicity and performance.

The Linksys family of switches from Cisco for home networking of wired devices.

The Linksys family of switches from Cisco for home networking of wired devices.

Cisco today unveiled three new powerful but simple-to-use Linksys switches for home office and entertainment use. These are the Linksys SE1500 (S$39), SE2500 (S$69) and SE2800 (S$99) switches.

“The new switches provide consumers and home workers with the ability to easily expand their home network and benefit from multi-connected high-bandwidth wired office and entertainment devices,” said Brett Wingo, General Manager, Cisco Home Networking Business Unit.

The new switches enable users to expand home networks and easily connect wired devices such as computers, printers, storage devices, scanners, games consoles, and Internet enabled TVs.

Complementing the Linksys E-Series routers, the new switches include features to enable faster and more simple wired connections. These include plug-and-play, making initial set up straightforward and eliminating the need for configuration. Quality of Service (QoS) traffic prioritisation technology lets auto-sensing ports automatically optimise speed for each connected device.

The power-saving modes include auto power-down to disable unused ports, sleep mode when all ports are inactive and smart power for short cable runs. The switches are ideal for consumers or home office workers seeking an alternative to wireless connections for multiple wired devices, or simply to extend their existing network.

Linksys SE1500 5-Port Fast Ethernet Switch Linksys SE2500 5-Port Gigabit Switch Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Switch
<click to enlarge> Cisco Linksys SE1500 Fast Ethernet switch Cisco Linksys SE2500 Gigabit switch Cisco Linksys SE2800 Gigabit switch
Num of Ports / Speed 5 x Fast Ethernet
up to 100 Mbps
5 x Gigabit
up to 1000 Mbps
5 x Gigabit
up to 1000 Mbps
Price (SGD$) S$39 S$69 S$99

The Linksys switches are available at the following retailers: Challenger Superstore, Harvey Norman, Best Denki, Courts, South Asia Computer, PK Computer, Inforcom Technologies, Fuwell, A Genuine Technology, Cybermind Computer House, Cyberactive Technology and Bizgram.

Cisco launches Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Cisco Consumer Products launched the Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Wireless-N Router today. The new model is aesthetically designed, easy to set up and NGNBN ready – with simultaneous dual-band and maximum wireless speeds of up to 300 and 450 Mbps respectively.

It is ideal for those looking to set up a wireless environment in their home for their latest gadgets – gaming consoles, media streaming, file sharing between computers.


Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router

The router will not look out-of-place in a modern sophisticated living room.

The Linksys E4200 home router is the flagship model of the new Linksys E-series family line – designed for optimum home theatre performance, it promises to work seamlessly with the latest entertainment devices, including Internet TVs, iPad mobile devices, game consoles, smart phones, e-readers, and VoIP devices.

Apart from its powerful performance and range to deliver smooth streaming of video, music and uninterrupted gaming in the home, its sleek and stylish design has also been awarded the reddot design award 2011. I like the design – it looks like a slick Hi-Fi console and would not look out of place in any modern living room.

Recommended retail price in Singapore

Linksys E-series family of Wireless-N routers MSRP SGD
Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Wireless-N Router S$279
Cisco Linksys E3000 High Performance Wireless-N Router S$249
Cisco Linksys E2000 Advanced Wireless-N Router S$159
Cisco Linksys E1000 Wireless-N Router S$99

Available at: Challenger Superstore, Harvey Norman, Best Denki, Courts, South Asia Computer, PK Computer, Inforcom Technologies, Fuwell, A Genuine Technology, Cybermind Computer House, Cyberactive Technology and Bizgram.

The launch event was held at the Inforcomm Experience Centre at the Esplanade Xchange today. The live demo had a NAS streaming three different HD videos simultaneously to an Xbox, a computer and a tablet at the other end of the room more than 30 metres away. All three movies played smoothly – the speed and range were rather impressive.

The device remained cool to the touch throughout the demo, perhaps due to the efficient heat dispersion design, with plenty of ventilation holes in the honeycomb grid at the bottom of the router. I like it that the gadget had its own ON/OFF switch on board so you can easily power it off when not in use.

Worldwide shipments of wireless-N routers are expected to grow 158% from 2010 to 2014, and the number of households with multimedia networks will grow 103% over the same time period – according to a November 2010 report on Worldwide Home Networking by research firm IDC.

4 x Gigabit ports, 1 x USB port and a dedicated ON/OFF switch

4 x Gigabit ports, 1 x USB port and a dedicated ON/OFF switch

Key features of the Linksys E4200

Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) Ready – optimises the speed of the fibre broadband network to deliver the performance demanded by wireless devices today, providing maximum performance of up to 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 450 Mbps (5.0 GHz); with four 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports.

Robust Signal Strength – comes with a combination of internal and external amplifiers coupled with six antennas to help increase the signal strength across greater distances, providing improved home network coverage and reducing dead spots.

Cisco Connect Easy Set-Up – provides a simple three-step set-up guided by a software wizard, taking away the frustration and complexity of setting up a home network. Simply pop-in the installation CD and the device is ready in minutes.

Other features of the E4200

Wireless-N technology – built to the latest 802.11n standard for optimal speed and range.

USB Port – Connect a USB flash or hard drive to add storage to your network. The port can be converted into a virtual USB port to enable printers to easily connect to the network and become available wirelessly to all users in the home.

UPnP AV Media Server – to share and stream your stored photos, music, video and data files.

Security – WEP, WPA and WPA2 personal and enterprise encryption to protect the network. Parental control can be exercised at the router level to control access to undesirable websites. A separate guest network supporting up to 10 guest accounts can be set up for sleep-over guests so they do not have access to your private network. It supports VPN passthrough but not VPN endpoint.

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