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NETGEAR Introduces Industry's First 802.11ac WiFi Router

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  1. Cristian_25H

    Cristian_25H News Poster

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    NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the availability of the NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router; the first 802.11ac dual band gigabit WiFi router enabling 5th generation WiFi (5G WiFi) at gigabit speeds. The router is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n which provides optimum interoperability with legacy WiFi devices.

    The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router, powered by Broadcom's 5G WiFi IEEE 802.11ac chips, is up to three times faster than today's 802.11n routers. With an elegant new design that fits perfectly in consumers' living spaces, the router increases the coverage area for HD streaming in the home. The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router has speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on 5 GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz enabling consumers to download web content from any device in the home in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device.

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    The upcoming 802.11ac wireless standard is the world's fastest WiFi, providing gigabit WiFi speeds allowing for web content to download faster, and large video or music files to synch more quickly. The increased speed of 802.11ac technology is ideal for mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, by providing three times the performance for a similar amount of battery consumption of devices utilizing the current 802.11n WiFi standard.

    Other advanced features of the NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router include:

    - NETGEAR Genie: This free app for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets enables home users to control, monitor, repair, and manage their home networks easily through a simple, elegant dashboard. NETGEAR customers can download the utility at http://www.netgear.com/genie or from the Google Play or App Store.

    - NETGEAR MyMedia: The NETGEAR Genie mobile app feature provides the ability to find photos, video or music files anywhere on the network and play them on a DLNA media player.

    - AirPrint Support: The NETGEAR Genie app enables users to print on any USB or networked printer directly from an iPad or iPhone.

    - Guest network access: The NETGEAR Genie app makes setting up a guest network simple. Guests and visitors can go online through the router without the need for secure login information. The guest network also prevents users from seeing and accessing a household's computers, printers, storage devices and other home network devices.

    - ReadySHARE Printer: Makes it easy to turn any existing USB printer into a fully functional networked printer that is fully compatible with Macs and PCs.

    - Media Server-DLNA: The R6300 Router is DLNA ready and can stream to any DLNA compatible device in your house, including the latest Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, media players, game consoles, handheld devices, tablets and more.

    - NETGEAR Live Parental Controls: Centralized, flexible, and reliable parental control solution for all the devices on the network, including Macs, Windows PCs, smartphones and tablets, for a safe online environment for children and teenagers. No subscription is required.

    - Automatic WiFi Security: Comes with wireless security turned on out-of-the-box, complete with a pre-configured network name and password, protecting home WiFi networks by default.

    - Easy Installation: No CD required so users can set it up with smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks, and even MacBook Air.

    - 2 USB ports: To simultaneously support USB storage and USB printer on the router.

    "802.11ac is the next-generation of WiFi connectivity and is set to revolutionize the way we consume content wirelessly by delivering Internet speeds up to three times faster than consumers are used to experiencing," said David Henry, vice president of product management, retail products at NETGEAR. "NETGEAR's leadership in the industry, and collaboration with Broadcom to introduce the first 802.11ac router, will future proof your network by ensuring your home is capable of supporting new faster 802.11ac devices as they begin to roll out this year."

    Pricing and Availability

    The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router will be available in May starting at $199.99.
     
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    IEEE 802.11ac sounds great to me. As long as this is a real finalized standard not some interim protocol to get product out the door. I’d really like to have something faster then 802.11n but I would also need a few mPCIe IEEE 802.11ac cards to go with the Netgear R6300 router for use in laptops and PC tablets.

    Current generation phones and closed devices like Android / iOS devises will receive no speed benefits from this though,…
     
  3. Prima.Vera

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    yes, a lot of ac routers out there. How about PC adapters???
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    It takes quite some time to finalize this stuff. N wasn't official until 2009 I think. From Wikipedia, based on this:

    "Standard finalization is anticipated in late 2012, with final 802.11 Working Group approval in late 2013."

    I see no problem with them releasing products this early though as long as they provide an advantage, which they do.
     
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    glad to see wifi speeds slowly increasing, wifi N 300 is still 'new' and yet its easily overshadowed by the near antique 100Mb wired ethernet connections, let along gigabit
     
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    The main reason I'm wiring my house with CAT6. :D

    Wireless is great...but nothing beats a physical cable connection.
     
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    finally an ac router with gigabit ports
     
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    I knew someone was going to say that,….. ;)

    OK, fine, as long as the hardware being sold today will support the finalized spec and perform well I have no problem with it.
     
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    this is great and all...
    but do we have any wireless cards at the moment capable of using this standard?
     
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    Hell yes I know what my next router will be this looks awesome!

    Looks like I'll be needing some new adapters tho... oh well wonder what the range will be on this tho....
     
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    I got a N router that will do 300mbs the computer in the bedroom upstairs will do about the same as the main computer downstairs thats wired wtf do I need more speed for, and by the way is'nt 5ghz a shorter range then 2.4ghz (hence why radio waves can travel dozens of miles)?
     
  12. Mussels

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    try actually testing the speed on that wireless connection, and then i can give you an answer. if all you're testing is internet speed, then you're clearly not interested in high speed LAN anyway.
     
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    Trendnet was the first I Thought? Oh well I love Netgear routers and would snag this up but I am going to wait. This way, when it is finalized, I can get it cheaper and better. I see this sort of being like Draft N routers were.
     
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    i havent used netgear in years, hating the one i'm on now. my cheap TP link is far superior to this more expensive netgear (near useless QoS and bandwidth shaping)
     
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    Yep. Ditto. The only wireless devices in my house are laptops, tablets and smart phones. 2 of 3 of which have no provisions for wired connections anyway.

    Try streaming a BD remux over that and see if it doesn't stutter. Mine did, so I went wired.
     
  16. Mussels

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    i run wired here - but i use a wifi N bridge to do so.


    wired speeds in my room, wireless to the core router.
     

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