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Linksys announces new setup Wizard for Mac OS X

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu June 26, 2008

Linksys-setup Wizard - Mac

Linksys has announced its Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA) Setup Wizard for configuring its wireless routers on Mac OS X. It will ship with all new products and will be available for download for select current routers, including the WRT310N, WRT160N, WRT110N and the WRT54G2. Linksys is committing to expanding its support for Mac customers using Linksys products. "Linksys is launching LELA setup and technical support for Mac OS X because we recognize the need to better support the ever-growing number of Macs users," said Greg Memo, vice president and general manager, Linksys Consumer Business Organization.

Linksys has also promised more announcements in the coming weeks and months of Mac-compatible products and software.






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  1. Glasspusher

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    wizards are for idiots

    ...who use windows...

    If you need some long multi step process to configure your router, you don't know how to make a good user interface. Thanks for trying. Next!

  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    18 months too late

    Apple's Airport Express has garnered enough popularity over the past year to make this enhancement by Linksys more of a catch-up than something that will actually improve it's standing in the market.

  1. howiethemacguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    About time!

    A lot of my clients opt for the lesser priced Linksys routers instead of using the vastly superior Apple routers. My biggest problem is that it's easy for an I.T. guy like myself to configure these routers but, it's not always very straightforward for novice users. I think that Linksys made a good move here. Consumers shouldn't have to put up with a hard to use interface just to save some money. It's clear that Linksys products have been hard to setup for a lot of people since my apartment complex is full of wireless networks called "linksys" with no passwords setup.

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Thanks...I guess

    I've owned and recommended many a Linksys product with never a problem. Never had trouble using the web configuration and never needed to talk to tech support. I will ALWAYS buy Linksys over Apples overpriced offerings.

    But it's good to see they are addressing Mac users complaints, no matter how overblown they are.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: 18 months

    Apple's Airport Express has garnered enough popularity over the past year to make this enhancement by Linksys more of a catch-up than something that will actually improve it's standing in the market.

    More than a catch-up? The airport express has one feature, airtunes, that makes it useful in the home (and only for those who feel the need to tie their libraries to their stereos).

    But with no wired ports, its not very useful for most people (as they have both computers to connect wired and wirelessly). And the airport extreme is just way overpriced. (costs $100 more than the linksys I bought, and the only lacking part is the USB port, which I have no need for, it isn't a problem).

    And I can't say I've ever had a problem getting my macs to connect wirelessly (staying connected, that's another longstanding issue with certain mac models).

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Why do I need crapware

    ...to configure a stinkin' Linksys router?

    Give your Mac a 192.168.1.x address, connect it to the router, point Firefox (Safari doesn't seem to work, I just set one up yesterday and noticed this) to 192.168.1.1, user blank, password "admin".

    It would be nice if they would put that info on a little piece of paper in the box for their customers who don't know it already and aren't chimps.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    too late

    i had a linksys. i couldn't even give it away for free. got a airport extreme and 2 express now, and its about 500 times better. time capsule is next. peace out linksys. you dropped the ball, and now you gotta pay

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    I wonder...

    ...if Back To My Mac works with Linksys routers, because it sure doesn't work with my Apple Airport Extreme (G version).

  1. syzygi

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    About bloody time

    Liksys had been more that blatantly anti-Mac for decades. I Haven't been able to update my Model: BEFSX41 router's firmware since Dec 24 2002 (v. 1.44.3). The current version is from June 8, 2007(V. 1.52.15). I gave up calling their tech support. Especially after one Linksys technician said, "Well, if you used a Windows PC you wouldn't have a problem and we would both be happier." I have never bought a Linksys or Cisco product since.

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