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Netgear launches routers, home networking products at CES 2011

Julie Bort | Jan. 5, 2011
4G wireless, HD over Wi-Fi among CES 2011 intros

FRAMINGHAM, 5 JANUARY 2011 - Netgear goodies for 2011 include HD over Wi-Fi, filling in Wi-Fi deadspots, Power Line adapters, shared 4G connections and Gigabit routers

In honor of its 15-year anniversary, Netgear on Tuesday launched a barrage of home networking products at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, including a gigabit router for home networking, a 3G/4G wireless router with SMB uses and a Powerline router that pulls power from the network connection.

In the process Netgear won at least three CES design and innovation engineering awards. The winning products are the ReadyNAS Ultra 2 (RNDU2000) home media server, its Netgear 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004), and its NeoTV 550 Ultimate HD Media Player (NTV550).

Netgear did a slew of things to improve home networking with various products in this launch - it lets users stream full 1080p high-def video to multiple devices in the home, including tablets and smart phones; it boosted home networking speeds and, with new bridge devices, extends their distances; it provides a means for connecting Ethernet-enabled TVs, video consoles and Bluetooth boxes into the home Wi-Fi network (with new gateways optimized for HD video) and it brings 3G/4G into the wireless networking fold, letting users access their home-stored content from anywhere that they can get a signal.

At a standing-room only Netgear press conference at CES on Wednesday, Netgear executives drew a few ahs and nods from reporters in the room (not easy to do - as reporters are not easily impressed). The so-honored products were:

• The Netgear Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP) which increases the coverage of an existing home network to eliminate 'deadzones,' Simply plug it half-way between the home router and the deadzone. It also includes an Ethernet jack so it can act as a bridge to link another wired device into the WiFi home network (such as the DVD player in the bedroom).

• The 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004) is a 4x4 MIMO bridge that solves the problem of not having an Ethernet plug in your family room for your new HD TV and other home media. Plug your TV into the Kit and it will connect the TV to the Wi-Fi network and broadcast multiple jitter-free 1080p high-definition video streams throughout the home. The CES demos of the kit showed it working true to the company's promises.

• The Broadband router (MBR1000) creates a Wi-Fi hotspot out of a 3G/4G connection (it also supports a wired Ethernet WAN connection). The device is geared toward remote offices.


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