With all the excitement generated by new TVs, smartphones and tablets showcased at CES 2013, it can be easy to forget that the heart of all these new products is right in our own home. Our ability to use connected or mobile digital devices is only as good at the range and strength of the wireless network. Last week, NETGEAR announced their solution to provide a greatly improved wireless experience throughout your home with their latest entry to the NETGEAR family of easy-to-use WiFi range extenders. It is also the first range extender that can be directly connected to speakers for music streaming using Airplay, while at the same time amplifying an existing network connection.
We’ve all been at the mercy of our home network’s dead zones. With ever-increasing numbers of products relying on wireless connectivity, a strong signal becomes more important for those who want to enjoy devices in and around the house or backyard. The NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender provides simultaneous extension of both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands for improved range and wireless coverage with less interference. The extender supports 802.11 1/b/g/n/ standards, ensuring compatibility with almost any router or gateway.
“‘Consumers are relying on WiFi to drive their rapidly growing number of connected devices, so WiFi dead spots are simply not an option,’ said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. ‘Our new extender makes dead spots a thing of the past, and takes it a step further by supporting AirPlay for streaming music from iPhones and iPads to a stereo system or individual audio speakers.’”
Are you big on gaming or audio/video streaming? If so, you’ll be interested to know that the NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender supports a feature called FastLane technology. Fastlane lets you take advantage of both WiFi bands to establish a single connection for additional performance for all your bandwidth-intensive applications.
Best of all, the extender is easy to set up and doesn’t require any installation CD or even a cable. On-board LEDs help you find the optimal location for placement and it connects to your existing network with the push of a button. You can use it as a wall plug or with the docking station. The NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug Edition (WN3500RP) is available now in stores and online for $99.99 MSRP.