Netgear introduced a bunch of new Internet connectivity solutions at CES 2011 last week:
NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is showcasing 18 innovative new products at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The products announced today represent a new breed of home networking solutions for consumers and service providers that are faster and more powerful than ever before. With the introduction of new wireless, powerline, hybrid networking, home routers, gateways and networked storage solutions, NETGEAR has again raised the industry bar for performance and choice in the home networking category, as well as demonstrated its continued ability to deliver forward-thinking and innovative products to the market.
NETGEAR is also proud to announce that it is a triple-honoree this year in the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards competition for its 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).
“2011 marks NETGEAR’s 15th anniversary and while many things have changed over the past 15 years, NETGEAR’s commitment to innovation has not waivered,” said Patrick Lo, CEO, NETGEAR. “We’ve seen a major shift in how people use the Internet. Today, consumers lead and “always-on” lifestyle and are constantly connected to the Internet via their tablets, smartphones, PCs, and gaming consoles. And they’re not just connecting to the Internet for information anymore. Today, it’s all about entertainment.”
He continued, “In response to this change, NETGEAR has remained an agile leader and has continued to deliver innovative products that give consumers the functionality they want and need. We look forward to leading the way into the next wave of Internet connectivity and providing consumers with the tools they need to experience a fully connected lifestyle.”
Solutions for the Home
The new solutions announced today give consumers a plethora of choices when it comes to setting up the ultimate home network. With the new and diverse portfolio of NETGEAR products, consumers can connect any device they want to their network, in any way they please. NETGEAR’s innovative solutions enable consumers to connect their TV to the Internet, supercharge and extend the reaches of their network, and access their digital media libraries from anywhere at or away from home.
Routers and Gateways
Like the award-winning N600 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router (WNDR3700), the new ultimate networking machine, NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router – Premium Edition (WNDR3800), gives consumers a high-performance, secure and reliable solution on which to build their ultimate home network. The premium edition router boasts new features such as Clear Channel Selector, ReadyShare® Printer and Quick Start, Steady Stream HD, which starts streaming videos faster with less buffering delay and maximizes bandwidth for highest quality video. This feature-rich router also includes all the unique functionality consumers have come to know and trust from NETGEAR, such as live parental controls, guest network access, and the broadband usage meter. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/wndr3800.aspx
Introduced with the WNDR3800 is the NETGEAR Genie™, a free home network dashboard application that enables consumers to monitor, connect, and control their home network. NETGEAR Genie can also diagnose and automatically fix network connectivity issues.
The all-in-one, high-performance NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit ADSL Modem Router (DGND3700) is an ultimate home gateway that provides a function-rich solution to consolidate multiple network devices in the home. It provides connectivity to the Internet with a built-in ADSL modem or a Gigabit Ethernet port for high- speed cable or fiber service, giving consumers the flexibility to support multiple broadband technologies within a single gateway. This new home gateway offers enhanced functionality, including a 4-port Gigabit switch, ReadyShare storage access with two USB ports, a DLNA® Media Server, Live Parental Controls, Guest Networks, and a Broadband Usage Meter. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/dgnd3700.aspx
The NETGEAR N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) delivers top speeds of up to 450 Mbps for fast and flawless HD video streaming, simultaneous downloads, and lag-free online gaming in addition to basic Internet applications. The product’s concurrent Dual Band technology avoids interference, ensuring top speeds and the highest range, while four Gigabit ports offer an ultra-fast wired connection. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/wndr4000.aspx
The NETGEAR Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP) increases the coverage of an existing home network to include ‘deadzones’ and provides more network bandwidth for entertainment, gaming and social networking applications. The Universal WiFi Range Extender securely and reliably enables devices including iPads, iPods, laptops, WiFi-enabled smart phones, game consoles, WiFi-enabled Blu-rayTM players and TV set-top boxes to quickly connect to the home network. Its compact design is meant to be plugged directly into an electrical outlet without the need for messy cables. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/wn3000rp.aspx
Named as a 2011 Innovations Award honoree in the Home Networking and Home Theater Accessories categories, the 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004) is the first solution capable of reliably delivering multiple jitter-free 1080p high-definition video streams throughout the home with no new wires. Designed to support the most demanding media streams, the innovative engineering in NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology includes four transmitters and four receivers built into each 3DHD Wireless adapter for Multiple Input Multiple Output transmission (4x4 MIMO), significantly increasing WiFi range and reliability. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/products/home/hometheater/networking-for-home-theater-and-gaming/WNHDB3004.aspx
Powerline AV Solutions
NETGEAR N300 Wireless Router with Powerline AV (WNXR2000) is a whole-home “hybrid” connectivity solution that delivers the convenience of wireless and the reliability of a wired powerline connection, all in one device. With 200 Mbps powerline integrated into the router’s power supply, the WNXR2000 transforms consumers’ homes into a powerline-ready network, which can easily be expanded with the addition of powerline adapters in other rooms of the home. With the WNXR2000, consumers have the choice to connect mobile devices to the Internet via a fast wireless connection, or devices like gaming consoles and Blu-ray players with a wired or powerline connection. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/wnrx2000.aspx
The HomePlug AV certified NETGEAR Internet Adapter for Home Theater (XAVB5004) is the first 4-port 500Mbps powerline adapter kit and is the fastest powerline solution on the market today. The XAVB5004 delivers flawless HD video streaming and is capable of connecting up to four Internet-ready home theater devices, such as HDTVs, Blu-ray players, IPTVs, TV set-top boxes, media players or game consoles to the Internet. With bandwidth to support the demanding needs of 3D video, the kit includes one 1-port adapter to connect to the router and one 4-port adapter to connect to the TV. The solution’s four ports are conveniently color coded for simple setup and quality of service (QoS). For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/xavb5004.aspx
The NETGEAR Powerline AV 200 Nano Adapter Kit (XAVB2101) is the smallest 200Mbps powerline AV adapter currently available worldwide. The ultra-compact, space-saving XAVB2101 extends Internet access throughout the home via any power outlet and provides a high-speed wired connection that is ideal for HD multimedia. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/xavb2101.aspx
Home Media Storage
Named as a 2011 Innovations Award honoree in the Computer Hardware category, The ReadyNAS Ultra 2 (RNDU2000) transforms home media networks, delivering media content to local or remote handhelds, desktops and game consoles. NETGEAR’s industry-leading technology partnerships deliver expanded media experiences at home and away from home. TiVo® users may use the ReadyNAS Ultra 2 to tremendously expand their DVR capacity. Orb™ transcoding support puts the right media formats on the right screens, streaming movies on handhelds in any connected location. Skifta™ shifts movies and music onto any DLNA networked screen. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/products/home/storage/work-and-play/RNDU2000.aspx
Digital Media Player
Named as a 2011 Innovations Award honoree in the Home Networking category, The NeoTV HD Media Players (NTV550) enable users to play their digital videos, photos, or music directly on their HDTVs whether the media is stored locally, on the home network, or the Internet. The NTV550 supports HD 1080p, Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound, and offers an additional E-SATA port for faster transfer speeds, and advanced metadata tagging that lets users browse cover art. For more information, please visit: http://www.netgear.com/products/home/hometheater/media-players/NTV550.aspx
Solutions for Service Providers
Today, NETGEAR also announced a first-class portfolio of IP-devices for broadband service providers that are looking to consolidate networks and grow additional revenue streams in new service areas. Building on NETGEAR’s expertise in home networking, the company’s new portfolio of IP-devices for mobile, cable and wired service providers includes high-performance solutions that are easy for the operator to install and support, and the customer to use.
New Mobile Broadband Solution
The new mobile Broadband router (MBR1000) with both 3G/4G and Ethernet WAN delivers performance that rivals wired broadband. It is ideal for remote locations and nomadic usage by providing an instant WiFi Internet hot spot. The dual WAN feature makes it perfect for business deployments where cost of network outages is high, with the HSPA+/LTE and wired Broadband operating in fail-over. The MBR1000 is also an ideal solution for use while in transit such as on trains, buses and boats and in IP-enabled fleet management applications.
New Gateway and Telephony Solutions
NETGEAR’s newest offerings for wired service providers include an OSGi-enabled VDSL2 and GigE dual WAN gateway (VEVG3700) that can be used in DSL, FTTH or DOCSIS networks. The new high-performance gateway features Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi Dual Band, as well as a CAT-iq DECT base station and wired VoIP lines (offering 6 x 6 IP-PBX functionality), making it perfect for both residential and small business applications. The VEVG3700 gateway is also a DLNA /UPnP server so it can seamlessly access digital media content that is stored on an attached USB device or devices on the LAN.
Also announced today is the stylish Digital Home Hub (DHH1000), the VDH1000 and VDB1000 DECT handset and charging base. The DHH1000 has all the same great features as the VEVG3700, but includes ADSL-2+ WAN. The VDH1000 and VDB1000 is a cordless 1.8/1.9GHz DECT solution that has an LCD display and delivers high quality voice telephony, advanced calling features, long reach and co-exists with WiFi.
New Cable Gateway Solution
The new cable gateway (CG3202) is the first DOCSIS 3.0 Dual Band WiFi cable solution, delivering top performance for real time applications including video, audio, voice and online gaming. This full-featured gateway has been developed for the connected home or business with multiple computers and multiple applications. This product is also available in EuroDOCSIS™ 3.0 (CG3302).
The VEVG3700, DHH1000 and CG3202/CG3302 are the latest products in a family of OSGi-enabled gateways from NETGEAR that enable easy integration of applications such as home security, appliance control, health monitoring, energy management and media sharing services.
Expansion into IP Home Security
Today, NETGEAR is also introducing the first products in its interactive home security solution that enable service providers to offer an expanded portfolio of IP based home security services. The new security solution can generate significant new revenue from service providers’ existing customers. The new solution is powered by iControl software, which can be loaded to existing security controllers. NETGEAR’s new IP home security products include:
The Android based Home Security Screen (HSS101), used to view surveillance video, control lighting and HVAC as well as see live traffic, weather and news.
An IP camera (HSC101) with night vision and motion detection for video surveillance
A wireless range extender (WN2000RPT) to bridge the WiFi signal between outside IP cameras and screens to the existing home network.