Netgear CES Roundup

Earlier I posted about the Netgear HotSpot but they introduced a lot more at CES so I thought instead of posting them all separately I’d just make one big post with all the rest in it to make my and your life easier. They’re announced new switches, a NAS, and extenders this year….



Today at the 2015 International CES® trade show, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR) (GSS108E_12-03-14_hero_thumb

In the Connected Home today, you have a variety of networked devices using a wired connection for fast gaming, uninterrupted entertainment, or storage backup. Your home network may support multiple computers, network attached storage (NAS), a Blu-ray® player, a smart TV, and a gaming console which need an intelligent switch to separate and prioritize traffic. Each device contributes to an ugly tangle of cords if it is not managed well. To address this problem of aesthetics, NETGEAR has re-imagined the network switch to make it even easier to have your network ports where you want them, to support the growing use of wired connections in the home as well as in the small office.

The new ProSAFE Click Switch is a Gigabit Ethernet switch for small office or home use, with an industry-first bracket mounting system for easy and attractive installation. Available in either 8- or 16-Gigabit port configurations, its slim design and internal power supply enable you to organize wires, secure cables, eliminate bulky power adapters, and improve the overall appearance of wiring closets, training facilities, lab benches, conference rooms, and home offices.

The unique 1-2-3-4 click mounting system of the ProSAFE Click Switch enables optimal placement and cable management in locations where other switches will not go. You simply attach the bracket to a wall, under a table, or even to a pole and “click” the switch into it, like a ski boot onto a ski. The switch bracket offers both vertical and horizontal orientations so that the ports can face either outwards or sideways, creating four mounting options: (1) vertical/side mount, (2) vertical/rear mount, (3) horizontal/side mount, and (4) horizontal/rear mount.

In addition, the bracket is designed to work thoughtfully with cable ties, VELCRO® brand fasteners, straps, screws, or any other mounting system so your placement options are simply unlimited. You use the Click Switch cable strap to collect the usual spaghetti mess of cables and attach them neatly to the bracket or to the wall. With so many choices, the ProSAFE Click Switch puts you in control of exactly how your ports and cables are deployed so that you never again have to deal with a tangled mess of cords and wires.

“This is a must-have product for today’s Internet of Things home with its myriad connected devices. We put a lot of thought into the design of the ProSAFE Click Switch to make it extraordinarily flexible to meet your needs in the office as well as at home,” said Peter Newton, senior director of product management of NETGEAR’s Commercial Business Unit. “While we can’t yet completely eliminate all cords from your home entertainment center or wiring closet, our Click Switches tame the ugly rat’s nest of cabling behind the cabinet. Their innovative features and thoughtful design, combined with our industry-leading ProSAFE warranty policy, offer an unbeatable value for your connected network.”

Both Click Switches offer the same intelligent management features of NETGEAR ProSAFE Gigabit Plus Switches, such as monitoring, traffic prioritization, port trunking, cable testing, and VLAN support. An added bonus to the 8-port version of the Click Switch is its inclusion of two USB ports for quick and easy charging of tablets, smartphones, and other devices.

Key Features of the ProSAFE Click Switch

Unique 1-2-3-4 click mounting system for flexible placement options

Cable management with provided retaining strap

Multi-directional power cable to optimize placement

Internal power supply to eliminate power brick

No fan for silent operation

LED lights can be turned on/off if switch is placed near a TV

ProSAFE Plus Switch features for traffic management, prioritization and monitoring

ProSAFE Lifetime warranty for hardware, next business day shipping and technical support

2 USB ports for quick access to charging tablets or phones (8-port only)

Metal case for rugged durability (16-port only)

The new ProSAFE Click Switches are backed by NETGEAR’s industry-leading ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty, Lifetime Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24×7 Lifetime Technical Support.*

Pricing and Availability

ProSAFE Click Switches are available now worldwide through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners (EX3700_7000_6150_MedUpdate_thumb[2]

All three extenders work with any router and leverage NETGEAR FastLane™ technology, which uses two WiFi bands simultaneously to establish one super-fast wireless connection that is ideal for HD video streaming and gaming. In addition to extending the range of your wireless home network, you can also use the new Extenders to create WiFi access points.

“WiFi dead zones can create unnecessary restrictions on your connected lifestyle, but our broad product portfolio enables you to match the right extender to your home network,” said Damir Skripic, senior product line manager at NETGEAR. “With the new Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender, we have pushed the performance capabilities, resulting in the fastest and most powerful WiFi Range Extender on the market.”

A Gigabit Ethernet port enables you to connect wired devices like game consoles, smart TVs or streaming players to your existing WiFi network. Or when the extender is set to Access Point Mode, you can plug in a wired Internet connection into the Gigabit Ethernet port to create a new WiFi access point or hotspot.

All of the new extenders will launch with a redesigned NETGEAR genie® experience that offers a new look and feel, an easier installation, and improved features such as access point mode, WiFi coverage controls, and access scheduling for parental controls. Additionally, the new genie user interface will automatically adapt to the screen size of your device to provide an optimal viewing experience on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers.

Additionally, NETGEAR extenders can be used with the free NETGEAR WiFi Analytics app for Android™ tablets and smartphones, which helps you to get more information and optimize your home network with information about network status, signal strength, and channel interference.

(1) Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Range Extender (EX7000)

Designed for maximum WiFi range extension, the high powered NETGEAR-ReadyNAS-202_thumb

ReadyNAS 200 is powered by a Dual Core Cortex A15 1.4 GHz processor, 2 gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM), and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports with Link Aggregation technology. You’ll love the performance of ReadyNAS 200 for faster backups and faster file access, especially if you have a newly upgraded 802.11ac WiFi network. ReadyNAS 200 transfers files up to an amazing 200 MBps* (megabytes per second), double the throughput of competing devices in its class.

“Our ReadyNAS 200 Series is simply the best storage solution on the market today for the home power user,” said Matt Pahnke, senior product marketing manager for NETGEAR Storage. “It outclasses the competition in every way that counts – in performance, speed, memory, data protection, and ease of use. It’s jam-packed with 100-plus advanced features and add-on apps so you can customize it to meet your particular needs. There’s no other NAS today aimed at media streaming enthusiasts and photos hobbyists that offers this caliber of performance and protection.”

Packed with state-of-the-art features, ReadyNAS 200 truly offers the best performance in its value class for storing, streaming and protecting all your precious photos, videos and files. At the heart of ReadyNAS 200 is the groundbreaking ReadyNAS operating system (OS 6.2) that features industry-first technology in data protection, backup, sync, and cloud-based management.

ReadyNAS with ReadyCLOUD™ — a personal cloud alternative to Dropbox or Google Drive

ReadyNAS 200 offers you the powerful benefits of public cloud storage for automatic backing up, syncing, and sharing data across devices, but without the ongoing subscription costs or the serious privacy concerns. With ReadyCLOUD, you can access files stored on your ReadyNAS from anywhere, from any web browser, using any web-connected device, so you enjoy the same single, unified web interface whether you’re at home or away. ReadyCLOUD apps for desktop PCs and iOS and Android™ mobile devices set a new standard for simplicity. You can select any folder on your NAS as a sync folder to PCs and can even share files with a single click. Best of all, your files are securely stored on your ReadyNAS, not in the cloud as with Dropbox® and Google Drive™. With ReadyCLOUD, sharing content has never been easier — or safer.

Next-gen BTRFS file system enabling 5 layers of data protection

ReadyNAS 200 provides home users with the most complete data protection available in its product class. Its foundation is a next-gen BTRFS file system in the ReadyNAS OS offering 5 levels of protection: (1) files written across multiple drives for RAID protection from disk failure; (2) files automatically protected against common media degradation or bitrot; (3) files continuously protected by snapshot technology for point-in-time recovery; (4) files secured in real-time against viruses and malware; and (5) files easily replicated to the cloud or a second ReadyNAS.

Easy setup and customization with 100+ advanced settings

Thanks to the innovative ReadyNAS OS, ReadyNAS 200 has a 100-percent-cloud-based setup — no client download required. ReadyNAS 200 is automatically discovered on your network and you can even hot swap disks. If you’re an advanced user, you can also customize ReadyNAS 200 just the way you like, with more than 100 advanced features and add-on applications.

Summary of Key features and benefits of ReadyNAS 200:

Dual Core Cortex A15 1.4 Ghz processor and 2 GB of onboard RAM

Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports with Link Aggregation

Up to 200 MBps* read/write speeds in a RAID configuration

Professional-grade BTRFS file system offering 5 levels of complete data protection

Powerful desktop apps for complete file syncing and automatic backup

Virtual private Time Machine® backup for all the Mac®s in your home

Fully customizable with 100-plus advanced settings and add-on applications

Ease of use features such as one-click file sharing via a web link

Media serving with DLNA®, iTunes® and Plex

Free mobile apps for anywhere cloud access and photo backup

Expandable capacity up to 12 TB for the 2-bay model and 24 TB for the 4-bay

Disk spin-down for energy savings

The ReadyNAS 200 series offers you peace of mind with a 3-Year Limited Hardware Warranty and free 24×7 phone support for 90 days. NETGEAR recommends having at least one complete backup of all stored data. However, if storage drives are damaged and data becomes difficult or impossible to access, NETGEAR offers an additional level of protection, with expert data recovery services available for both business and home storage products.

Pricing and Availability

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 200 Series will be available in late January at an MSRP in the U.S. of $359.99 for a diskless 2-bay model (RN202) and $499.99 for a diskless 4-bay model (RN204). NETGEAR storage solutions are available through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners and authorized reseller and DMR channels.

More Information

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