Linksys has unveiled new wireless networking gear it says can be set-up by consumers at the push of a button. Australia will be the first nation in the world to receive the products built with SecureEasySetup (SES) technology.
Linksys will utilise its newly inked deal with retailer Dick Smith to sell the new SES gear in 17 PowerHouse stores across Australia. The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router (WRT54G) retails for AU$159 and the Linksys Wireless-G PC Card (WPC54G) retails for AU$99. Other Linksys products with SES technology will be shipped at a later date.
The WRT54G is a wireless B/G access point, has a four port 10/100 switch for Ethernet devices, and also acts as a router. The WPC54G allows you to connect a notebook to an existing 802.11b infrastructure and the wireless-G networks.
SES is Linksys' attempt to simplify installation of a wireless network by automating the processes of configuring. After a user pushes the SES button on the Linksys router and wireless device - or uses access point setup software on their notebook computer - SecureEasySetup establishes a private connection between the devices and automatically configures the network's Service Set Identifier (SSID) whilst enabling WPA security.
All SES-certified products will be stamped with this logo
The SES push-button also eliminates the manual pass phrase entry that was previously required to enable WPA security on each wireless device. Instead, the software automatically establishes the system's WPA pass phrases (also known as keys) while it configures a new network and installs those keys on each new device that is authorised to join the network.