Belkin outs AC1800 and AC750 dualband routers, USB WiFi adapter at CES 2013

If you've been planning on re-tooling your home network after the new year, Belkin has just outed a line of gadgets that could help do just that. The company has announced a pair of dual-band routers -- the AC1800 and AC750 -- that sport 802.11ac muscle, IntelliStream tech to prioritize video and gaming streams, and a MediaPlay app for pushing content to your TV that's powered by Twonky. Both devices also feature Smart Start which allows for quick setup with a mobile device and USB ports for added connections. The main difference? Speed. The AC1800 advertises speeds of 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 1.3Gbps on 5GHz while the entry-level AC750 boats 300Mbps on 2.4GHz and 433Mbps on 5GHz. The AC1800 and AC750 are available now for $179.99 and $89.99 respectively.

In addition to the pair routers, Belkin also announced the AC WiFi Dual-Band USB Adapter. Compatible with 802.11g/n/ac routers, the wireless accessory touts speeds of up to 867Mbps when leveraging 802.11ac alongside USB 3.0 connectivity. The adapter is set to arrive sometime this spring carrying with it a price tag of $69.99.

Belkin outs AC1800 and AC750 dualband routers, USB WiFi adapter at CES 2013

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Belkin Debuts New Wireless Networking Line-Up at 2013 International CES

Optimized for Smartphones and Tablets, Belkin's New AC750, AC1800 and AC USB Adapter Drive the Connected Home with Upgraded Features and Next-Gen Wi-Fi Technology

LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2013 – Belkin will showcase its new line-up of wireless networking technologies designed to empower the connected home, this week at the 2013 International CES. The powerful new AC750 and AC1800 Dual Band routers, as well as the new USB 3.0 ready AC Wi-Fi USB Dual-Band Adapter will be on display alongside Belkin's existing suite of wireless networking products at the Belkin booth, #30651, in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8-11, 2013.

"With the launch of our latest AC Wi-Fi products, Belkin becomes the leading provider of state- of-the-art, next-gen Wi-Fi devices, and delivers the ultimate in speed, coverage and performance for today's connected home networks," said Mike Chen, senior director of product management for Belkin's networking group. "With upgraded features like Simple Start browser based set-up and a smart MediaPlay app, our AC routers deliver the promise of the connected home, where all of your devices work together seamlessly, from home entertainment to home automation."

With four next generation Wi-Fi routers, Belkin offers the largest selection of 802.11AC products on the market today. Belkin's most advanced router, the new AC1800 DB router, delivers combined speeds up to 1.6Gbps, up to four times faster than traditional 802.11n Wi-Fi technology. With gigabit speeds, the AC1800 extends network range and provides more reliable coverage at greater distances, making it possible to stream more content to multiple smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs anywhere in the home.

The AC750, Belkin's entry level AC router, takes advantage of next generation AC Wi-Fi for a new level of reliability and connectivity. With combined dual band speeds up to 733 Mbps, the AC750 upgrades your network with the latest technology and is perfect for digital entertainment throughout the home.

Both the AC750 and AC1800 are the first Belkin routers to feature Simple Start, a browser- based setup interface that streamlines the installation process and eliminates the needs for a computer or CD drive. Simple Start enables one-click access to the router dashboard, making it easy to configure a media server, turn on parental controls or troubleshoot from a mobile device.

Another feature new to Belkin routers is MediaPlay, an app powered by Twonky that turns your iOS or Android device into a wireless network media player and enables you to stream content directly from a smartphone or tablet to a Smart TV. MediaPlay pairs seamlessly with the Belkin router's built-in media server function that turns any USB storage device into a network storage device. The free MediaPlay app pushes media from multiple sources to multiple destinations and is able to sync between iOS and Android devices.

To get the most out of your new network, laptops and ultrabooks can be upgraded with the USB 3.0 ready AC Wi-Fi Dual-Band USB Adapter. This adapter provides speeds up to 867Mbps for smooth gaming and streaming around the home.

AC1800 DB Wireless Router (F9K1118) $179.99
- Speeds up to four times faster than 802.11n technology with simultaneous dual-band speeds up to 1.6Gbps (300Mbps on 2.4GHz band + 1.3Gbps on 5GHz band)
- Uninterrupted HD streaming to multiple devices simultaneously helps conserve battery power on mobile devices
- Belkin's built-in IntelliStream QoS automatically prioritizes video and gaming and reduces loading time on frequently visited sites
- Parental Control powered by Norton blocks unsafe and inappropriate content with three available levels of protection
- MediaPlay App by myTwonky beams content directly from your device to your TV
- Media server by myTwonky to stream DLNA multimedia throughout your home
- IPv6 compatibility future-proofs the home network
- Backward-compatible with previous generations of Wi-Fi
- 4 Gigabit ports for maximum network speeds
- Two USB 2.0 ports

AC750 DB Wireless Router (F9K1116) $89.99
- Advanced, next generation Wi-Fi technology
- Dual band speeds up to 733Mbps (300 on 2.4GHz band + 433 on 5GHz band)
- Uninterrupted HD streaming to multiple devices simultaneously helps conserve battery
power on mobile devices
- Belkin's built-in IntelliStream QoS automatically prioritizes video and gaming and
reduces loading time on frequently visited sites
- Parental Control powered by Norton blocks unsafe and inappropriate content with three
available levels of protection
- MediaPlay App by Twonky beams content directly from your device to your TV
- Media server by MyTwonky to stream DLNA multimedia throughout your home
- IPv6 compatibility future-proofs the home network
- Backward-compatible with previous generations of Wi-Fi
- One USB 2.0 port

AC Wi-Fi Dual-Band USB Adapter (F9L1109) $69.99
- Fast AC Wi-Fi speeds up to 867 Mbps or N Wi-Fi speeds up to 300 Mbps
- USB 3.0 for high-performance wireless
- Works with G, N, and new AC Wi-Fi routers
- Perfect for upgrading laptops and ultrabooks for faster gaming and movie streaming

Availability:
The AC750 with Simple Start will be available this month at Best Buy and Belkin.com. The AC1800 DB Wireless Router is available now at Belkin.com and retailers across the United States. An updated version with Simple Start will begin rolling out this month to retailers acrossthe country. The AC Wi-Fi Dual-Band USB Adapter will be shipping this spring. MediaPlay is available now on the App Store and Google Play store.

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Belkin outs AC1800 and AC750 dual-band routers, USB WiFi adapter at CES 2013