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CES 2014

Other Wi-Fi

NETGEAR also rolled out the PR2000 Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender and Facebook Wi-Fi. The former is a 2.4 GHz only N300 class travel router that supports router, range extender, access point and bridge modes. When in router mode, it can use either a Wi-Fi network or Ethernet as its WAN connection. (It looks a lot larger than it actually is in the photo below.)

It can be plugged directly into a wall socket or be powered via its micro USB port. The PR2000 will ship sometime this quarter and be MSRP'd at $49.99.

NETGEAR PR2000 Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender

NETGEAR PR2000 Trek N300 Travel Router and Range Extender

In case you don't have enough of Facebook's tentacles trying to ensnare you, NETGEAR is teaming with FB to make it easier to check in for free Facebook Wi-Fi. The ability to turn some of NETGEAR's 802.11ac routers into Facebook Wi-Fi hotspots will be rolled into the R7000 Nighthawk, R6300 and R6250 Smart WiFi Routers and the R6200 WiFi Router as a free firmware updated "over the coming months".

We can hope that NETGEAR will have learned from Cisco/Linksys' ham-handed automatic Cisco Connect Cloud upgrade and make the Facebook Wi-Fi an opt-in when the upgrade containing it automatically downloads...

Service Provider

NETGEAR is adding a few products to its portfolio of products for service providers only. The HMNC100 Ocuity 100 Wireless IP Camera is a 720p HD IP camera connecting via a selectable dual-band 802.11n radio. It has a 107 degree field of view, IR LEDs for night vision and 30 second rolling buffer for pre-trigger event recording.

The HMNC500 Ocuity 500 Wireless IP Camera takes the Ocuity 100's features and adds a magnetic mount, occupancy and security sensors and alert features. It also has a built-in mic and speaker supporting two-way audio, rechargeable two hour battery and micro SD slot for recording without a network connection.

Both Ocuity IP cams will be available this quarter only as part of security and home automation packages.

NETGEAR HMNC100 Ocuity 100 and Ocuity 500 Wireless IP Cameras

NETGEAR HMNC100 Ocuity 100 and Ocuity 500 Wireless IP Cameras

Also in the service provider realm is the NTV300D NeoMediacast HDMI Dongle. It's an Android 4.2+ based USB media stick aimed at telecom providers wanting to create "curated content" services. It connects via 802.11ac wireless and supports 1080p/60 full HD, H.264/MPEG4 decoding, with integrated DRM support.

It also supports Miracast-enabled wireless display for mobile device screen-casting, is powered via its USB port and has a micro SD slot. Remote control is RF4CE (Zigbee) or Bluetooth.

NTV300D NeoMediacast HDMI Dongle

NETGEAR NTV300D NeoMediacast HDMI Dongle

The NTV300D will be ready for service provider deployment in the first half of this year.

And A Few More Things

  • The company is going to be demonstrating enhancements to its genie network management app including a Windows 8 version.
  • Enhancements to its NeoTV Streaming Players "targeted" for release this quarter are also being demoed. These include new mobile apps for iOS and Android and new content including Spotify and Target Ticket.
  • The ReadyCloud mobile app for iOS and Android is now released. It supports remote access to files on ReadyNASes without requiring any nasty ol' subscription fees.
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