Thanks to an "accidentally" published preview, we knew Linksys had a couple of Vista-compatible Media Center Extenders in the works; now they've dropped the coy act and restored the teaser page complete with some high-res shots of the boxes themselves.
It never fails to surprise me how many companies can't seem to manage updating their sites to schedule - either you have a recently launched product missing from the pages altogether, or something new "accidentally" goes live before the PR department would like it to. Today Linksys are the careless ones, putting teaser details of their Vista-compatible 808.11n Media Center Extenders online then whipping them down again.
Apparently a story that we reported on earlier today was not entirely correct. In fact, it was completely inaccurate. We reported earlier that Cisco was planning on ditching the Linksys name in favor of using the Cisco name on all of their products.
[Update] It's always a sad day when a brand that we've grown to know and love meets its tragic end. This usually happens when a company is acquired by another, then after a period of transition, the name is dropped. Some names like Compaq have stuck around for some time. Linksys, however, is not so lucky.
After critiquing Lenovo's lounge-bound ThinkCentre media PCs for their "unique" design, it's nice to see that some things intended to sit under your TV are a little more classical in appearance. Linksys' KiSS 1600 Wireless Media Hub is, judging by the size of the DVD tray, a compact way to stream anything up to 720p HD video spilt out of its HDMI port.
There's also a USB port for adding media to the network via an external hard-drive, say, or flash memory key. Assuming you've got broadband you can stream internet radio and play online games; all for a smudge over $500.