updated 10:50 am EDT, Wed September 14, 2011
Netgear N900 router and NeoTV streamer arrive
Netgear made inroads to home networking Wednesday headlined by a self-proclaimed high-speed router. The N900, also known as the WNDR4500, is part of a still-rare group that can run Wi-Fi up to 450Mbps concurrently on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Wireless sharing is atypically faster as well: the USB controller is more powerful than on most rivals and estimated to be 30 percent faster for sharing an external hard drive or a printer.
The router is believed to have the longest range in the industry and has a handful of software extras, such as a usage meter and the option of automatically turning Wi-Fi off on a set schedule, such as overnight or during the weekend. Traffic priority, Wi-Fi repeating, and DLNA media server support are woven in. Four gigabit Ethernet ports give it fast wired access.
Also coming is a new take on its media hub in the NeoTV NTV200. Its focus is on a sheer variety of services that includes simpler web video sharing. Along with staples such as Netflix and Pandora radio, it has full HD Vudu movie streaming, Napster music, and YouTube Leanback. A 'fling' feature echoes AirPlay or Boxee's Watch Later by letting users share some web video straight to the NeoTV.
The hub is rare in supporting 300Mbps 802.11n for its Wi-Fi and has both Android and iPhone remote control apps for those who want more control than the supplied hardware. It can play up to 1080p and has the option of optical audio out along with its HDMI.
The N900 is shipping now for $180, while the NeoTV should be ready by the end of the month for $80.