Netgear Shows Off Connectivity Platforms for Small Businesses
The company is showing off a range of wireless connectivity products and services at the MedPi conference in Monaco this week.Networking specialist Netgear is highlighting its suite of connectivity solutions for the smart home and small businesses at the MedPi trade show in Monaco, including the Powerline 500 Nano PassThru 1-Port (XAVB5401), a new-generation 500M bps product that extends Internet access to any electrical outlet, supporting faster speeds for applications such as HDTV, multiple HD or 3D video streams, streaming multimedia and multiplayer gaming. The Powerline 500 Nano PassThru, which is making its debut at the trade show, includes one Ethernet port to connect any Ethernet-enabled device, includes an extra filtered power outlet so users can connect the device directly into the wall socket but still have space to plug in a power strip for all the home office or home theater devices, and is compliant with HomePlug AV and IEEE1901 standards. A free app called Netgear genie enables home users to control, monitor, repair and manage their home networks, and allows them to see Powerline devices such as the XAVB5401 on the network. With a new Powerline Network map, users can measure the speed between Powerline devices and customize the device settings. At MedPi, the company will also demonstrate Beamforming+, a smart, signal-focusing technology that extends coverage, reduces interference and dead spots, and boosts the speed of 802.11ac WiFi connections. The technology recognizes the location of a wireless device on the network and directs the WiFi signal directly at the device, constantly checking and tracking moving devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Beamforming+ refers to Netgear’s implementation of the Beamforming standard with a fine-tuned WiFi design for improved WiFi range and performance. The Beamforming+ firmware update is available now for the R6300 WiFi Router and the A6200 WiFi Adapter and is anticipated for all other Netgear 802.11ac routers in early summer, a company release said.