When someone says Vizio, more than likely the first reaction is to start asking about HDTVs. Today, Vizio has announced that they’re going to release a wireless router with WiFi /n capabilities, which will feature (at least to our eyes) the same aesthetic approach as their HDTVs. The router is all set to feature the faster wireless standard, but it also shoves a few other features in there that make us question what we’ll spend our next $100 on.
The XWR100 has the same dual-band WiFi n functions that you’d expect. However, it also has the ability to prioritize its network traffic, based on time-sensitive audio and video streaming, and according to your usage at the time. On the back, you’ll find our 100Mbps network ports for those local networks we’re sure you’ll be utilizing, plus a USB port that will allow you to connect network-attached storage devices.
While there’s no direct time line here, Vizo claims that the new wireless router will be all set for shipments some time in the third quarter. As for price, it’ll cost you a cool $100 to get your hands on this shiny box, but we’re pretty sure that you could spend $100 on worse things.
XWR100 Dual Band HD Wireless Internet Router
The XWR100 802.11n dual-band wireless Internet router makes streaming HD media its highest priority, resulting in performance superior to conventional routers. VIZIO QoS (Quality of Sound) technology produces superior HD streaming by intelligently prioritizing Internet traffic to VIA-enabled devices for the best viewing experience with fewer delays in loading times, especially when watching HD movies. By operating at both 2.4 and 5 GHz at the same time, it can also make use of the less crowded 5 GHz band for the most time-sensitive traffic, such as HD video streams, music and games, further enhancing the user’s experience through maximum range and speed and minimized interruptions and re-buffering.
Setup of the router is easy and quick through an intuitive user interface and intelligence built into the router to detect Internet connection status. In addition to other standard wireless security protocols, the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) capability makes the secure addition of new devices as simple as the push of a button.
The router also sports a USB 2.0 port to connect a USB hard drive for shared access to personal photos, videos and more.
In addition to its wireless capability, four standard Ethernet ports are provided for wired connections to Internet capable devices. The router can be wall mounted, and its sleek and elegant design brings a high-tech look to any home or work setting. Compatible with both Mac and PC systems, the XWR100 is available in Q3 at an MSRP of $99.99.
VIZIO, Inc., “Where Vision Meets Value,” headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and was #1 for the total year in 2009. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning consumer electronics. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Fast Company’s 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and made the lists of Ad Age’s Hottest Brands, Good Housekeeping’s Best Big-Screens, CNET’s Top 10 Holiday Gifts and PC World’s Best Buy among others. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.
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