Today, Linksys, together with Singtel, announces the launch of the new Linksys WRT1200AC Wireless AC1200 Router. It will be available at a retail price of S$ 329 from 4th June 2015 at Challenger stores island wide. Singtel will offer the Linksys WRT1200AC at a discount of S$100 with its Unlimited 1Gbps Fibre Plan from the same date.
LINKSYS LAUNCHES THE WRT1200AC – BEST IN CLASS WIRELESS AC1200 ROUTER
New Linksys router available in stores and at a special price exclusively for Singtel Unlimited Fibre customers from 4 June 2015
Singapore – May 27, 2015 – Linksys®, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, is expanding its WRT router line to include a 2×2 AC1200 Dual-Band Wireless-AC Gigabit Router, the WRT1200AC. This new router provides users in Singapore with the high-end features of the WRT1900AC router at AC1200 speeds and a lower price point.
As a special launch promotion, Singtel will offer the best-in-class Linksys WRT1200AC at a discount of $100 with its Unlimited 1Gbps Fibre Plan, promising unrestricted speeds for all kinds of bandwidth-intensive applications.
“Customers in Singapore expect reliable quality and high speed broadband in their homes. After the launch of the WRT1900AC last year, we had many customers ask for a more affordable version but with the same high end features. The WRT1200AC is the result,” said Mike Chen, vice president product management, Linksys. “The bundled package with Singtel will help to bring this best-in-class, WRT-series AC1200 router from Linksys to more users, more quickly, and at an even lower price.”
Ideal for use with Singtel’s unlimited fibre plan, the Linksys WRT1200AC Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is based on the Avastar Wireless & ARMADA Processor product series from Marvell® and features wireless speeds up to 1.3 Gbps* and a 1.3GHz dual-core CPU. Two adjustable, removable antennas and high-powered Wi-Fi power amplifiers help ensure maximum range and performance in single- and multi-story buildings, while beamforming technology focuses and strengthens the Wi-Fi signal. Four Gigabit ports offer blazing-fast wired connections, a USB 3.0 port and a dual USB 2.0/eSATA port allows for sharing external storage across the network with data transfer speeds of up to 3 Gbps*. Users can also connect external storage or devices with the USB 3.0 port. The WRT1200AC is engineered to work with open-source firmware for complete customization.
“At Singtel, we are constantly looking for ways to offer the best products and services to customers,” said Goh Seow Eng, MD, Home, Consumer, Singtel. “We are pleased to partner with Linksys on this exclusive deal, which provides customers who are keen on the unlimited fibre plan a router with great features at an affordable price. We believe this will drive take-up for the popular plan, which offers unfettered high speeds and low latency.”
Open Source Capable
In collaboration with Marvell, Linksys is happy to announce the open-source Wi-Fi driver for the WRT1200AC and WRT1900AC has been released to OpenWrt. This driver has been incorporated into the latest open source firmware image snapshot, available here (Command line interface experience recommended):
Since the initial release back in December, Marvell has demonstrated continued support by releasing successive updates to the community. Support for the WRT1900AC and WRT1200AC have been rolled into the latest “Chaos Calmer” release from OpenWrt.
Smart Wi-Fi Enhancements
Smart Wi-Fi is a web- and app-based management tool that helps users simply set up their router, and manage and control their home network via a dashboard on a PC, tablet or smart phone while at home or away. Smart Wi-Fi also provides a host of features including guest access, parental controls, remote access of other family or friend networks as well as easy references to passwords or network controls. Linksys recently added these new features via a firmware upgrade to select Linksys routers and each will be available on the WRT1200AC:
- OpenVPN server support
- New Network Map features
- Wireless Widget
- Wi-Fi Scheduler
- Improved device identification
Pricing and Availability
The new Linksys WRT1200AC Router will be available in Singapore at a retail price of $ 329 from 4 June 2015 at Challenger stores island wide and at other leading consumer electronics retail stores by end June. The Singtel Unlimited 1Gbps Fibre Plan will offer the Linksys WRT1200AC discount from 4 June 2015.
The WRT1200AC is added to the list of more than 60 Linksys routers introduced since it pioneered the router in 1999. Linksys recently announced it has sold more than 100 million routers and has become part of an elite group of consumer electronics manufacturers to have a device hit that milestone number.
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*An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this router and other connected computers and devices to the Internet. Some devices may require additional wireless adapters or an Ethernet cable to connect to this router. Maximum performance derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual performance may vary, including lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including products used, interference and other adverse conditions. 802.11ac 867 Mbps (for 5 GHz) is up to 2.9 times faster physical data rate when compared to 802.11n 300 Mbps Wi-Fi routers using two antennas to transmit and receive data. An 802.11ac adapter may be needed to achieve 11ac data rates. In order to achieve the best performance, router must be used with a compatible AC867 wireless device.
‡May require a software/firmware update available for download at linksys.com/support.
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