Netgear’s 2014 range of products to speed up your wi-fi
Netgear has unveiled a range of products and technologies at the International Consumer Electronics Show designed to dramatically speed up your wi-fi.
These include the Nighthawk AC1900 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7000, AC1200 High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX6200), AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender (EX6100), Netgear Trek Travel Router and Range extender (PR2000) and Facebook Wi-Fi.
The use of wi-fi in our homes and the possibilities that connectivity offers was a highlight of CES in Las Vegas.
Netgear is in a great position to offer users an even higher standard of reliable wi-fi coverage at home and in the office to enable these new technologies.
NIGHTHAWK SMART WI-FI ROUTER R7000
This new device looks like it means business with aggressive styling and the specs under the hood to match.
The Nighthawk is a gigabit wi-fi router that’s powered by a 1Ghz processor and provides speedy performance for gaming, streaming and mobile devices.
It can even prioritise bandwidth so your experience isn’t compromised by other possibly less important activities on the network.
Features that speed up your experience includes Airtime Fairness that won’t let the slower devices on your network drag the chain on the newer faster products.
Improved QoS (Quality of Service) is also at work with this AC router. 802.11ac is the latest version of wi-fi and has beamforming technology with compatible devices. This is also known as explicit beamforming.
But also included is implicit beamforming which means the router can still beam a connection directly to older non-802.11ac devices.
AC750 WI-FI RANGE EXTENDER EX6100
The range extender is one of the most popular products in the Netgear line-up of devices.
The new EX6100 can easily answer one of the most often asked questions – where do I put it on my house?
Included on this latest version are LED indicator arrows that can literally point users to the most optimal position in your home to effectively extend your 802.11ac or b/g/n wi-fi network.
With a stronger network users can enjoy their devices in more places on their network.
AC2100 HIGH POWER WI-FI RANGE EXTENDER EX6200
Like its smaller cousin, the EX6200 can also make your network’s footprint even larger while offering more ports to physically connect devices like smart TVs, Blu-ray Disc players and gaming consoles.
It can also extend an 802.11ac network as well as older b/g/n networks and provide speeds of up to 900 Mbps.
N300 TREK TRAVEL ROUTER AND RANGE EXTENDER PR2000
Frequent travellers will love this new Netgear device which allows you to take a hotel room’s wired connection and create a secure wi-fi connection for all of your mobile device without additional charges.
The device can even be used in a pubic wi-fi hotspot to create your own secure network complete with firewall.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Trek can also recharge your USB devices and also be used as a range extender.
Netgear has teamed up with Facebook to allow stores and shopfronts to create a free and safe wi-fi hotspot for their customers.
To obtain the free wi-fi, users just have to check in to that location on Facebook.
Customers get free wi-fi but businesses get to build a closer relationship with their patrons by sharing special offers and announcements.
Netgear is making the Facebook Wi-Fi log-in available on its new 802.11ac routers.
* Stephen Fenech travelled to Las Vegas as a guest of LG