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Netgear readies router based on new Wi-Fi spec

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 2:10pm
Brian Santo

Netgear's R6300Netgear has announced a wireless router based on the new, faster version of Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.11ac. The company claims to be the first to market with an 11ac product.

The Netgear R6300 is a dual-band Wi-Fi router. Operating at 5 GHz, the router is capable of transmission rates up to 1.3 Gbps; at 2.4 GHz, rates of up to 450 Mbps are possible. The company said it is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n.

The router is DLNA-ready and can stream to any DLNA-compatible device, including the latest smart TVs, Blu-ray players, media players, game consoles, handheld devices, tablets and more. The product is based on Broadcom’s 5G Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac chips.

The company has developed an app it calls Genie that enables users to control, monitor, repair and manage their home networks through a dashboard accessible on PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

The Genie app provides the ability to find photos, video or music files anywhere on the network and play them on a DLNA media player. It also enables users to print on any USB or networked printer directly from an iPad or iPhone.

The router will be available in May, with a suggested retail price of $200.

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