Netgear announces four new routers
15th January 2011.
Fresh from CES in Las Vegas and in answer to TP-Link's challenge, Netgear have announced four new routers.
• First up, the WNDR3800 is a tweak of their existing WNDR3700 dual-band wireless router, which we really liked. The changes seem to be a response to Belkin's apps: Clear Channel Selector which picks the optimum channel for you to use, i.e. the one with the least interference/competing networks on, Quick Start reduces the time spent buffering at the start of video streaming, Steady Stream HD maximises bandwidth for video streaming, Ready Share Printer shares a printer, and Ready Share Remote-Access allows sharing USB memory stick content anywhere in the world.
Also introduced with the WNDR3800 is NETGEAR Genie, a home network dashboard application that enables remote monitoring of your network, and it also diagnoses and resolves network connectivity issues. We could not determine whether this was a PC-based piece of software similar to the Belkin apps (doing little more than Windows itself), or whether it was actually built into the router and pro-actively sorted out network issues. However, it must be said the Netgear 'apps' seem to be more useful on the whole than Belkins.
• The ADSL version of the 3700 has also been announced. The DGND3700 has both an ADSL modem input and a broadband ethernet input which (like Billion's routers) means that whatever internet broadband you get this router will work for you.
• The all new addition is the Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4000) which Netgear claims will deliver top speeds of up to 450 Mbps using concurrent Dual Band technology.
• The new mobile Broadband Router (MBR1000) is a 4G Broadband wireless router (LTE), useful if you're a visitor to the US, but not so useful in the UK yet.
Also of interest, was the Universal WiFi Range Extender (WN3000RP), which plugs into a power socket and acts as a signal booster for wireless networks.
All in all, exciting new products from Netgear and definite moves in the right direction. We'll let you know prices and release dates when we have them.