updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon September 29, 2008
NETGEAR Green 802 11n
NETGEAR on Monday tuned its 802.11n Wi-Fi hardware to capitalize on eco-friendly trends with a new set of routers that make small but significant steps towards reducing power use. The WNR2000 router and its DSL modem-equipped DGN2000 both come with simple but uncommon additions including more efficient EnergyStar-rated power supplies and a dedicated on/off switch to power the routers down without having to remove the power cable. They also come in new packages made with 80 percent recycled content.
Both are functionally similar to their predecessors and support the latest Wi-Fi standard on a 2.4GHz band, including a simplified one-button Wi-Fi Protected Setup for creating secure networks on supporting devices. Four Ethernet ports supply wired connections on the routers, which should available soon or today at $89 for the WNR2000 and $119 for the all-in-one DGN2000.
NETGEAR is also shipping bundles of both routers that include a matching USB adapter for notebooks and other devices that lack built-in 802.11n. The WNB2100 matches up to the WNR2000 and boosts the price to $129; the DGNB2100 parallels the DGN2000 but will only be available in some Asian and European countries.