Netgear

Apr 10 2016

News - NETGEAR Announces Arlo Q Plus Camera

NETGEAR is rapidly expanding their Arlo suite of monitoring products, now with a power over Ethernet (PoE) model targeted at small business. The NETGEAR Arlo Q Plus carries a SRP of $250/camera you get seven days of rolling recording accessible via the mobile app or web. PoE isn't a requirement, and there is flexibilty in connectivity as well with standard Ethernet or Wi-Fi also available. Be prepared to wait a bit if you want one though; US should see them in May and ROW in June sometime.

Mar 30 2016

News - NETGEAR launches M4200/M4300 PoE+ managed switches

The prices of the M4200/M4300 ($1800/$1600-7000) place them solidly in enterprise or large scale CI territory. But that doesn't mean we can't drool a little at the capability Smile. Mostly intended for 802.11AC AP deployments, they offer 10Gbe inbound links and PoE+ out with a variety of port counts. Yum.

Jan 12 2016

News - NETGEAR R8500 + RN214 + LACP tested @ Anandtech

To get the most out of Link Aggregation, you really need enterprise hardware. Well, that used to be true anyway. NETGEAR has had the technology in their consumer ReadyNAS line for a while, and recently brought it to their high-end Nighthawk X8 R8500 802.11AC router. If you're curious about what that looks like in real terms AnandTech has tested it out.

Jan 05 2016

News - NETGEAR announces four new products at CES 2016

NETGEAR has added an AC2600 802.11AC router, expanded its cable modem router offering, brought out the first AC2200 Wi-Fi range extender, and a PowerLINE Wi-Fi 1000 adapter kit to its product portfolio as well as annouced that the Arlo Q (hardwired) cameras are now available for purchase.

Nov 25 2015

News - NETGEAR Costumes Arlo

If I'm honest, my first impression wasn't kind to the idea of skins for an Arlo camera, but after thinking on it a bit I've really come around to the idea. One of the drawbacks to the device is that you can have any color you want, as long as it's shiny and white - this changes that. Whether you want a bit more discression, contrast, or just want a nice costume for your camera Smile. Although, I am disappointed that there's no orange option.

Nov 18 2015

News - NETGEAR Announces Arlo Q Camera

NETGEAR had a hit with the initial Arlo wireless cameras, but one of the limitations of the device was that as it relied on batteries continuous recording was a bit out of bounds. The Arlo Q resolves this issue, and ads two-way audio to the mix; making it perfect for monitoring entrances. Of course to do this, AC power is required, so you will give up some of the flexibility  that the original spec sported.

Oct 01 2015

News - NETGEAR Announces Quad-core A15 ReadyNAS 212/214

We recently reviewed NETGEAR’s ReadyNAS 202 finding it an excellent option for consumer NAS. Building on the device’s solid performance, NETGEAR announced the ReadyNAS 212 & 214 today bumping the spec from dual to a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A15 for the 2XX family. The general feature set hasn’t changed; still offering all of the great backup and cloud goodness as before. The increased CPU performance has been put to good use in the ReadyNAS 21X, with software based (single stream 1080p->480p) transcoding now available via Plex, penalty free real-time A/V scanning, and the full potential of dual Gigabit link aggregation in the box. I for one am very interested in seeing how these $329/$499 NAS devices perform in real conditions, especially with NETGEAR making link aggregation much more approachable to the average consumer with today’s other product announcement.

Full PR after the click.

Oct 01 2015

News - NETGEAR Announces Tri-band AC5300 X8 R8500 802.11AC Wi-Fi Router

Today NETGEAR announced the latest addition to their high-end consumer 802.11AC Wi-Fi routers; the $400 Nighthawk X8 R8500. Like other “AC5300” routers the X8 is based on a 1.4GHz SoC with tri-band Wave2 sporting one “1000Mbps” 2.4GHz and two “2166Mbps” 5GHz radios. Unlike previous generations of 802.11AC routers the X8 has two features which make it very unique compared to the competition; powered antennas and six Gigabit Ethernet ports. With two of the wired ports supporting link aggregation (including 802.3ad) it pairs nicely with NETGEAR’s other product announcement.

Unfortunately MU-MIMO is not yet enabled on the device, but the hardware is ready -- just waiting on firmware which should ship by end-of-year. While this is interesting, to take full advantage clients will need to be MU-MIMO enabled as well so it isn’t nearly as exciting as the active antennas which take signal amplification away from the noisy mainboard and places it where it can make the most difference to every wireless client, as well as cutting down on the number of physical antennas hanging off the router. According to NETGEAR’s PR, this has incredible benefit (see above), and I’m inclined to agree, but of course it’s something that we’ll want to test out before repeating it too loudly.

Full PR after the click.

Jul 13 2015

News - NETGEAR Launched R6400 AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Staying on Wi-Fi's cutting edge has been expensive over the last couple years, with the major improvements in software and features only coming to the top end of the market. Today NETGEAR took steps to reach more budget-minded users with the launch of the $150 R6400 AC1750 802.11AC Wi-Fi router. The R6400 is intended to slot into the R6300's current position, adding external antennas, and updated SoC to features like Beamforming+, NETGEAR Genie, ReadySHARE Vault and AirTime Fairness previously found on their top-end devices.

Full PR after the click.

 

Jun 22 2015

News - NETGEAR Launches AC1900 C7000 Nighthawk 802.11AC Wireless Cable Modem Router

NETGEAR Launches AC1900 C7000 Nighthawk 802.11AC Wireless Cable Modem Router

It seemed absurd to pay a monthly cable modem rental fee when we lived in the US, so I always had my own sitting in between the wall and my router. This was convenient, but if you’re limited for space and want fast 802.11AC NETGEAR just launched a combination 24x8 (fastest DOCSIS channel bonding solution available) wireless router cable modem called the C7000. My first inclination when I heard about the C7000 was that it was a R7000 internally joined with a cable modem that happened to be packaged in a single chassis – this is not the case however as it uses a different SoC to handle all of the functionality, sharing only the same AC1900 Wi-Fi radios as the R7000 which should lead to lower power consumption than the other approach (or two discrete devices), and at $280 certainly lowers the cost compared to cable modem + dedicated similar spec’d Wi-Fi router. As far as I can tell the only downside to this approach is that the firmware upgrade process is managed by the MSO (currently only Comcast is supported, but others will be soon), which is a mixed bag. On one hand you don’t have to keep it up-to-date, on the other hand you can’t swap it for OpenWRT (for e.g.)

Full PR after the click.

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