On June 23, 2009, Cisco announced a new Linux powered router, the Linksys by Cisco Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link (WRT160NL). The new model complements the existing Linksys by Cisco consumer router line-up and is essentially the next generation of the popular WRT54GL. The design of the product is similar to other Linksys by Cisco N-routers, but has integrated connectors for external antennae. Consumers that prefer external aerials can now enjoy the new Linksys by Cisco router design because of the integrated R-SMA antenna connectors. The integrated Storage Link functionality lets consumers connect their USB storage device to the router to create a powerful media sharing solution that enables video, photo and music sharing through the integrated media server. The Storage Link port lets users connect USB storage devices to the router. Music, video, or data files can be made available in the network through the built-in media server.
The media server can stream to PCs or UPnP AV digital media adapters. The integrated Storage Link port supports FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS file systems in both read and write mode. The Wireless-N Broadband Router with Storage Link is shipped with Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA). LELA helps consumers to get their network up and running and helps keep their network updated and secure. The included set-up CD is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. Cisco media router specifications: * Linux powered * 802.11n draft 2.0 certified * 400Mhz processor * 8 Megabytes Flash memory * 32 Megabytes DDRAM * Storage Link port (USB 2.0) * UPnP AV media server * Wi-Fi protected Setup pushbutton security * 2 x R-SMA antennae connectors