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Cisco Systems’ Linksys division Tuesday announced a powerful new 802.11G home/small business wireless broadband router for local area Internet networks that is expected to deliver data speeds “a magnitude” faster than current G-level routers, an industry analyst told

Linksys’ newest Wireless-G (802.11g) Broadband Router uses MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) and so-called smart radio and antenna technology with standards-based Wireless-G to deliver data speeds “right around the 54M-bps level,” IDC networking analyst Jean Kaplan said.

“To put this into perspective: Realistically, most (802.11) B-level routers are supposed to transport 11M bps, when in reality they only move 1M bps most of the time,” Kaplan said.

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“G-level routers are supposed to get up to 54M bps, but in reality, they usually deliver about 5 to 6M bps. These new MIMO routers are capable of 100M bps, but they will in fact deliver right around the 50M- to 54M-bps level.

“In any case, you will notice a marked difference between these new MIMO products … [and] the older ones. And the difference between the 50M-bps and 100M-bps data speed really isn’t that noticeable to most people,” Kaplan said.

Read the rest of this eWEEK story: “Cisco’s MIMO Router Delivers Faster Data Speeds”. Note that the Linksys router uses a chipset from Airgo Networks, which on Wednesday said it was sampling a third-generation MIMO chipset capable of 240-Mbit speeds in time for routers to ship during the fourth quarter.