Netgear Introduces NAS, Streaming and HomePlug Devices At CeBIT

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Today sure feels like launch day, as quite a few big-name companies have decided to kick March off with a bang this morning. Of course, CeBIT is getting underway in Germany, so no one should really be surprised. One of those companies is Netgear, who has decided to introduce a couple of new devices that provide a wide variety of functionality. Starting off is the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (WNHDB3004), which is designed to wirelessly play back "multiple jitter-free 1080p HD video and audio streams to every room in the house flawlessly, and at double the performance and range of solutions in the market today." That's a pretty big claim, and the Universal WiFi Internet Adapter for Home Theater Devices and Gaming Consoles (WNCE2001) is also being revealed to bring Wireless-N performance of up to 300 Mbps through the Ethernet port of devices such as Internet TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players.

High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (WNHDB3004)
Withperformance doubling that of competing products, the NETGEARcarrier-grade High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit(WNHDB3004) delivers multiple, simultaneous, jitter-free 1080p HD videostreams wirelessly throughout the home. It is the only solution thathas been tested to provide sustained throughput of HD streams in excessof 40 Mbps 99.9 percent of the time, through multiple walls, throughoutan above-average single family home.

The kit consists of apair of two High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Adapters(WNHD3004). The set-up is truly plug and play — consumers simply plugthe first adapter into the existing router or gateway, and the secondadapter into any home theater device with an Ethernet port. The kit ispre-configured with security, so a single touch of a push-buttonsecurely connects additional adapters. IPTV customers and videoenthusiasts can now wirelessly stream multiple 1080p HD streams withwired-equivalent reliability from the network, Internet or IPTV serviceprovider to their home theater devices, including IPTV set-top boxes,Xbox® 360, PlayStation® 3, Wii™, Blu-ray players, Internet-enabled TVs,Apple® TV, NETGEAR Digital Entertainer products and more. The NETGEARHigh-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit supportspoint-to-multipoint HD video streaming and the multicast streamingprotocol that IPTV service providers demand.

The Universal WiFi Internet Adapter (WNCE2001) for Home Theater Devices and Gaming Consoles
NETGEARis also introducing the industry’s first compact USB-powered UniversalWiFi Internet Adapter (WNCE2001) that works with Internet TVs, gameconsoles and Blu-ray players. The first of its kind, the adapter is theonly affordable solution in a small form factor that delivers optimalWireless-N performance and works universally with any Ethernet-enabledCE device. This saves consumers from the confusion and expense ofpurchasing separate WiFi USB adapters for each CE device in their hometheater.

The Universal WiFi Internet Adapter is powered bythe USB port, avoiding the need for a long wire to the power outlet andmaking it more visually pleasing in the already congested home theaterenvironment. With NETGEAR Push ‘N’ Connect technology and CD-lessset-up, it is truly a plug and play experience.

Also revealed today are the ReadyNAS 3100 and ReadyNAS 4200 network storage solutions, both of which are designed mainly for small business use. The ReadyNAS 3100 is a 1U 4-bay rack-mountable storage platform that provides up to 8TB of storage capacity in a single system, while the ReadyNAS 4200 is a 2U 12-bay rack-mountable storage platform that provides up to 24TB and two redundant drives in a single system.

The ReadyNAS 3100 and 4200 deliver high-end, enterprise-classfeatures in addition to the field-proven, award-wining ReadyNASarchitecture. Most notably, the ReadyNAS 3100, with 4 SATA channels, isthe first sub-$5K 1U rack-mount storage system with redundant powersupply for improved reliability and business continuity. Additionally,the ReadyNAS 4200, with 12 SATA channels, is the first ReadyNAS tosupport the 10 Gigabit Ethernet network infrastructure. This offerscustomers greatly improved throughput, response time, reliability andefficiency, making the solution ideal for server virtualization,database and other business-critical applications for SMBs.

ReadyNAS 3100 and 4200 features:

  • Unifiedarchitecture support for both NAS and iSCSI SAN applications — crossplatform file sharing, secure replication, easy remote access, cloudbackup, disaster recovery and server virtualization;
  • Powerful platforms for performance-demandingapplications — powered by an Intel® Quad Core processor, the ReadyNAS4200 with 10 Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity delivers over threetimes higher performance compared to the existing top-of-the-lineReadyNAS platform;
  • The most reliable ReadyNAS product design forbusiness-critical applications — hot swappable enterprise SATA drives,redundant system cooling, redundant network ports, Error-CorrectingCode (ECC) memory and redundant power supply.

Finally, Netgear is introducing an addition to their HomePlug AV-certified lineup: the Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001) and the Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5501) with a filtered “pass-through” power socket. Unlike some of the slower options in the past, these offer speeds of up to 500Mbps, which is plenty to shuffle HD media through your existing in-wall power system.

Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001)
TheNETGEAR Powerline AV 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5001) is distinguished by itscompact size, smaller than a deck of cards and up to 50 percent smallerthan competing products. It is thus an excellent choice for consumerswho are concerned that a powerline device might block an open poweroutlet.

Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5501)
TheHomePlug-certified NETGEAR Powerline AV+ 500 Adapter Kit (XAVB5501)shares the same performance and design benefits as the Powerline 500 AVAdapter Kit (XAVB5001), but differs from its sister product in offeringa cutting-edge integrated filtered power socket for “pass-through”capability. This ensures that customers do not cannibalize an existingwall power socket with the adapter, which enables them to connect awide range of power-hungry and electrically noisy devices while stillmaintaining the highest performance.

Revolutionary Speed, Unprecedented Performance, Industry-leading Design
Bothnew NETGEAR kits contain two adapters and are designed to providecustomers with industry-leading features at an affordable price.Highlights include:

  • Among the highestthroughput of any consumer networking product available, with 500 MbpsPHY rates and Gigabit link rates, enabling greater coverage for everyhome outlet and making every room HD-capable.
  • Backwards compatibility with other HomePlug AVproducts from NETGEAR, as well as the millions of installed HomePlugAV-certified products from other vendors.
  • Designed for compatibility with the draft IEEE P1901 global standard for high-speed powerline communications (
  • Compliancewith the stringent European Code of Conduct (CoC) on Energy Efficiencyand the European Union’s Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive for lowpower, green energy operation.
  • Ideal for use with Internet-connected devices thatdemand high bandwidth, such as the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Express(EVA9100), Elite (EVA9150) and Live (EVA2000) digital media players,Blu-ray players, TiVo®, AppleTV®, Xbox 360™, PlayStation® 3, DVRs andnetwork-enabled TVs.
  • Multi-colored “pick-a-plug” LEDs indicate currentnetwork performance, so the customer can determine the strength of thepowerline connection without having to look at a computer.
  • Advanced energy management and standby capabilities provide wake-on-activity functionality to reduce overall energy usage.
  • Prioritized Quality of Service (QoS).
  • Simple“push-and-secure” functionality enables average users to easily installand secure the devices with 128-Bit AES encryption — no softwareconfiguration, no knowledge of networking, and no PC required, all withthe push of a button.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 12:22 PM

I really like these more interactive home devices. On the same note who has seen the add for the iPhone where a user turns off the lights at home with there phone. This would not be possible if your home is not enabled to do so. So the app does nothing but control a pre-enabled home. These type of devices help out with some of that as well, or can anyway.

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Xylem replied on Mon, Mar 1 2010 10:48 PM

Netgear sure is on a roll... I've always liked their ReadyNAS. They are soo good. My dad has one of those...Smile home theatre kit - very very nice to have if you have multiple large screens in your place. Wink

I loved the Powerline devices. I always felt that the existing, connections needed one additional power outlet. May be, they designed it for poeple like me... Stick out tongue

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