CES 2008: Netgear Press Conference

Announces 18 new products, with Dual Band routers and new ReadyNAS products being the highlights.

Key to this new router is the inclusion of new antenna technology, which Netgear has dubbed the “metamaterial” antenna. Its key attribute is that it loses less performance when used internally near to other antennas, which enables this latest router to include eight internal antennas instead of the three featured in Netgear’s previous Wireless-N router. This should further enhance the capabilities and reliability of current MIMO radios, without adding unsightly external aerials.

Indeed, design and aesthetic appeal has obviously been a major concern with this latest router boasting a striking all black casing and a large Push ‘N’ Connect button, which is backlit with blue LEDs that can be switched off by pressing down the button. Holding down the button enables the Push ‘N’ Connect mode, which makes it easier for devices to detect security settings.

The other key attraction is the Dual Band support, enabling use of the 5GHz wireless band that’s integral the Draft N 2.0 standard. This supports up to 23 channels compared to the three possible in the 2.4GHz band, and this should go a long way to avoiding the interference that has become a problem in densely populated areas.

Aside from this, support for all other standards is very thorough, with a double NAT (Network Address Translation) and SPI (stateful packet inspection) hardware firewall for added security, four Ethernet ports and complete support for all commercially used wireless security standards.

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