Netgear Offers Wireless Solution

Netgear’s latest offerings are claimed to offer an optimal wireless home theatre experience with no drop-off in performance.Netgear has announced two new networking accessories for home theatre kits, which includes the wireless-N HD home theatre kit (WNHDB3004). This piece of equipment is said to be a carrier-grade, tested solution for wirelessly playing multiple jitter-free 1080p HD video and audio streams to every room in the house, and claimed to be at double the performance and range of solutions in the market today.

The second unit is the universal WiFi Internet adapter for home theatre devices and gaming consoles (WNCE2001), which delivers Wireless-N performance of up to 300 Mbps through the Ethernet port of consumer electronic (CE) devices such as Internet TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray™ players and more.

Ryan Parker, Netgear’s Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand said, “Australia has had a great affinity for using N wireless for connecting devices in the home to provide internet access. The ability to stream media to the lounge, the proliferation of network ports in the lounge room and the availability of HD content over the internet are driving the demand for a fast, reliable wireless connection from the lounge to your content where ever it is in the home.”

A growing number of multimedia devices in the home theatre are enabled with network connectivity, but often there is not a wired network connection available in the living room. While many of the available wireless solutions, either embedded or external, offer basic connectivity to the home network to play rich media to the HDTV, no other wireless solutions provide the reliability required for playing multiple, simultaneous, Blu-ray quality HD streams across multiple walls in a large home.

The Netgear WNHDB3004 home theatre kit is said to deliver sustained throughput of HD streams in excess of 40 Mbps 99.9 percent of the time, through multiple walls, throughout an above-average single family home.

The kit consists of a pair of two Adapters (WNHD3004). The set-up is plug and play — consumers plug the first adapter into the existing router or gateway, and the second adapter into any home theatre device with an Ethernet port. The kit is pre-configured with security, so a single touch of a push-button securely connects additional adapters. IPTV customers and video enthusiasts can now wirelessly stream multiple 1080p HD streams with wired-equivalent reliability from the network, Internet or IPTV service provider to their home theatre devices, including IPTV set-top boxes, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Blu-ray players, Internet-enabled TVs, Apple TV, Netgear Digital Entertainer products and more. The Netgear High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home theatre Kit supports point-to-multipoint HD video streaming and the multicast streaming protocol that IPTV service providers demand.

The WNHDB3004 eliminates the need for structured wiring or Ethernet cables. It is also designed to overcome the common problems — wireless signal strength, quality and reliability — associated with interference, frequently changing WiFi environments, and areas of the home that are notoriously difficult to reach. The kit combines 4×4 multiple-input, multiple-out (MIMO) antenna signal processing, real-time spectrum analysis and dynamic digital beam forming with the industry’s highest performance IEEE 802.11a/n 5GHz wireless LAN chipset, providing an unprecedented level of reliability and wireless performance in terms of data rates and range.

The WNCE2001 is a USB-powered Universal WiFi Internet Adapter that works with Internet TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players. The adapter is said to deliver optimal Wireless-N performance and works universally with any Ethernet-enabled CE device. This saves consumers from the confusion and expense of purchasing separate WiFi USB adapters for each CE device in their home theatre.

WNCE2001 US$79