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Linksys E4200V2 wireless router promises 450Mbps dual-band performance and faster USB drive access

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Linksys E4200V2 features faster 1.2GHz processor for faster USB hard disk drive access, greater range, and 450Mbps wireless performance on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

Cisco E4200v2
Cisco E4200v2

Cisco just announced a version 2 update to its Linksys E4200 dual-band wireless router. Unfortunately for a few of us Verge editors already smitten with the original, v2 is not a software update but a tweaked physical copy offering better performance and greater range. The Linksys E4200 v2 Maximum Performance Dual-Band N900 wireless-n router, as it's affectionately known, features a faster 1.2GHz processor of unknown origins (the original was built around a BCM4718 clocked at 480MHz) that promises to improve data transfer performance to USB attached hard disk drives — an area where the original E4200 really struggled. The new E4200V2 also offers full 3x3 spatial streams on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for 450Mbps on each, while internal and external amplifiers help boost the signal strength across a wider swath of real estate. You can even manage this, or most Linksys E-Series and X-Series wireless routers, with a free Cisco Connect Express app on both iOS and Android devices. The E4200V2 is available now for $199.99.