My second press conference is Netgear who this year are focusing on the Smart Home. They have announced new network products (see the press release for the details) and Media Streamers. The one that seemed most interesting is the NeoTV Prime which runs Google TV. The GTV100 has NeoTV Streaming Player and a Slingbox client as well as Google TV apps.
Patrick Lo CEO and founder of Netgear after a brief recap of the history of Netgear talked about the start of the Smart Home, which he said Netgear’s mission was to connect every powered device in the home connected to the internet. He went on to say the Smart Home market is going to be worth $3.6B by 2015 and Netgear want to bring connected devices to the average consumer not just the high end home installs and the devices can be connected by the average consumer.
They announced new VueZone wire free cameras, they use Wi-Fi and use long life batteries. You can then view the video on a smartphone app, having no cables and its small size means they should be easy to install. Images and video are stored in the cloud and they even have a night video camera.
Netgear also announced the latest Push2TV which supports 1080p video, Dolby 5.1 and can be powered by USB from the TV. Push2TV works with Miracast so you can send Smarthphone displays to the TV, it works with Android 4.2 devices like the Nexus 4.
They announced a dual band Range Extender with Airplay support, USB drive and a 3.5mm audio plug so you can use it as a DLNA client.
Also updated is the Genie EZ connect app which includes QR codes for easy connections of mobile devices.
The media devices announced where the NeoTV MAX which is designed to make TVs that don’t have smart features in to Smart TVs with apps like NetFlix,YouTube and Sling Player and the NeoTV PRIME which is a Google TV powered device which Netgear said was “Google TV done right” (to some laughter). There is full access to Google Play and the full Google Chrome browser. It also has a full DLNA client in the device.
So some interesting products from Netgear, it will be interesting to see how the Google TV performs.
NETGEAR SPOTLIGHTS THE SMART HOME AT 2013 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
CES Innovations Award double-winner offers look into innovative tech products for streaming entertainment, cloud-based video monitoring and high performance connectivity
LAS VEGAS — January 7, 2013 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today unveiled a roster of powerful new connectivity solutions for the “smart” home at a press conference held in conjunction with the opening of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) in Las Vegas. NETGEAR launched a number of new WiFi, networking and media streaming products that demonstrate the company’s leadership in technologies that are transforming the connected home and entertainment experience. You can read today’s other CES-related announcements from NETGEAR at netgear.com/about/press-releases/.
NETGEAR is focused on leading the revolution in how people around the world use connected devices that take advantage of “cloud computing” whether they’re at home, at work or on the go. The industry clearly recognizes this aim, as NETGEAR is a double-honoree this year in the CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards competition, the industry’s highest accolade, for VueZone® Add-On Night Vision Camera (VZCN2060) and NeoTV® MAX Streaming Player (NTV300SL).
“NETGEAR has always been dedicated to helping you simply do more with your home network, and thanks to new mobile devices that work in the cloud, your connectivity options have expanded from fundamental to fantastic,” said Patrick Lo, CEO of NETGEAR. “This year at CES, we shine a spotlight on how we’re ensuring seamless connectivity and control of your home network. This includes more products that take advantage of the cloud to incorporate mobile controls and apps so that you can monitor, set, manage and do more, wherever you are — and with the performance, ease-of-use and reliability that you’ve come to expect from NETGEAR. We help you to connect TVs to the Internet, supercharge and extend the reaches of your network, and monitor what’s going on at home via the cloud, whether you’re at home or away. We want to help you make your house the smartest home in the neighborhood.”
Monitoring Your Home and Streaming Your Favorite Entertainment Content
NETGEAR has expanded the NETGEAR VueZone Home Monitoring product line with the NETGEAR VueZone Add-On Night Vision Camera (VZCN2060), a CES Innovations Award honoree. It’s a two-part system: a powerful AC-powered infrared lamp along with the only wire- free night vision camera that lets you see in the dark. The camera is suitable for both daytime and nighttime use and can be set to automatically detect motion, record an event and send an alert. You can play back your recorded videos from anywhere on Apple iOS or Google Android™
smartphones and tablets, or on PCs or Mac computers. Use your smartphone to easily keep an eye on children, elderly relatives, pets, property, vacation homes or businesses, from anywhere at any time. For more information, please visit www.netgear.com/nightvision.
Building on the features of the NETGEAR NeoTV, NeoTV PRO and NeoTV MAX family of streaming players, the new NETGEAR NeoTV PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) streaming player extends your entertainment experience beyond just streaming video or even basic TV viewing. It enables you to easily find what you love to watch —whether it’s on live TV, streaming entertainment, apps, or the web— using one small NeoTV player. NeoTV PRIME opens up the world of apps from Google Play, delivering access to a growing library of entertainment including movies, TV shows, and music from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Crackle, Flixter, Rhapsody, Pandora and many more. Visit www.netgear.com/gtv100 to learn more about NeoTV PRIME with Google TV.
NETGEAR has also added Sling Media’s SlingPlayer® to a growing list of hundreds of existing streaming channels on the NETGEAR line of NeoTV Streaming Players — NeoTV (NTV300), NeoTV PRO (NTV300S), the 2013 CES Innovations Award honoree NeoTV MAX (NTV300SL), or the just-announced NeoTV PRIME with Google TV™ (GTV100). With the combination of a NETGEAR NeoTV Streaming Player and a Slingbox®, you can now easily enjoy streaming of your favorite live TV shows, sporting events, recorded programming and even premium movies on any TV using your Internet connection. Find more information on NeoTV Streaming Players at www.netgear.com/landing/stream/tv/#neotv.
Accessing Entertainment on Your Home Network and Mobile Devices Through the Cloud
At CES, NETGEAR is debuting the NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug Edition (WN3500RP). It amplifies both WiFi network frequency bands, giving you a greatly improved wireless experience throughout your home for WiFi connected devices including tablets, laptops, smart TVs, smartphones and more. It’s the first WiFi range extender that can also be directly connected to speakers for music streaming using AirPlay® from devices such as the iPhone® and iPad®, or DLNA® for wireless audio streaming from Android™ smartphones, while at the same time amplifying an existing network connection. To learn more about the NETGEAR Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender and the family of easy-to-use WiFi range extenders, please visit: www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range- extenders/WN3500RP.aspx.
To make it even easier to manage your home network, NETGEAR is demonstrating at CES several upcoming enhancements to its popular NETGEAR genie®, a simple, elegant application for your computer or mobile device to easily manage, monitor and repair your NETGEAR home network. You can download the free genie app at www.netgear.com/genie or from the Google Play or App Store. NETGEAR customers have now downloaded and installed NETGEAR genie over one million times worldwide! Here is what you can look forward to in early 2013:
NETGEAR genie EZ Mobile Connect is an incredibly easy way to enable your guests’ smartphones or tablets to connect to your home Wi-Fi network, simply by scanning the QR code from the genie WiFi screen without typing in security keys or SSIDs. It provides quick and easy wireless connectivity to either the full home network or guest WiFi network. With the TurboTransfer feature, you can easily and quickly share files and folders among various desktop and mobile devices in your home network by simply dragging and dropping, or selecting a device from the network map.
The in-depth WiFi analytics within genie for Android devices help you measure the signal strength of your wireless network across your home, avoid interference from neighboring networks, and more. The MyMedia™ mobile app is enhanced for browsing and photo swiping, making it easy for you to find, remotely control, and stream photos and other digital media throughout your home. User-based Parental Controls enable you to set different Internet access rules for each computer, smartphone, or tablet on your network. A new Powerline Network MAP on genie Desktop for Windows PCs enables you to see the Powerline devices on your network, measure the speed between them, and customize the device settings.
Supporting High Performance Connectivity in Your Smart Home
In 2012, NETGEAR was the first to announce wireless routers to take advantage of the next evolution in wireless technology, 802.11ac. In 2013, NETGEAR is enhancing the capabilities of those products by adding Beamforming technology, which the company is highlighting at CES. NETGEAR Beamforming technology recognizes the location of a wireless device on your network and directs the WiFi signal directly at the device, constantly checking and tracking moving devices such as your mobile phones and tablets. This targeted approach helps each device gain optimal WiFi signal strength, resulting in better performance and a more reliable connection. NETGEAR 802.11ac products that will include Beamforming include the NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router, the industry’s first 802.11ac router offering Gigabit speeds; the NETGEAR R6200 WiFi Router; and the NETGEAR A6200 WiFi USB Adapter with 802.11ac Dual Band. More information on next-generation 802.11ac WiFi technology, including Beamforming, is at www.netgear.com/landing/80211ac/.
NETGEAR is also expanding the 802.11ac family with the introduction of NETGEAR D6200 WiFi DSL Modem Router, the first router available in the United States that incorporates 11ac with ADSL2+ and eliminates the need for a separate DSL modem. The D6200 WiFi Modem Router enables fifth-generation WiFi (5G WiFi), with speeds approximately 300 Mbps (@ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n) + 867 Mbps (@ 5 Ghz 802.11ac) for improved speed and range. It offers backward compatibility to 802.11a, b, g and n, making it perfect for supporting current and future WiFi devices. Ideal for HD gaming and video streaming throughout your home, the NETGEAR D6200 WiFi DSL Modem Router also includes a separate gigabit Ethernet WAN port, making it ready for connecting to fiber optic broadband or high-speed cable modems. You can switch between cable, fiber optic broadband or ADSL without having to reconfigure your home network or replace your router. Visit www.netgear.com/D6200 for more information on the D6200 WiFi Modem Router.
At CES, NETGEAR will showcase the first Hybrid Networking product based on the IEEE 1905 interoperability standard, which combines the flexibility of wireless (WiFi 802.11n) with the performance of wires (Powerline) to enable the next-generation networked home. By incorporating Hybrid Networking technology with advanced features such as fail over, load balancing, self-organizing networks and aggregation, NETGEAR offers a unique solution for improved coverage, speed and quality of service, which are critical points for the delivery of multiple streams of video or sustainable multiple Internet connections at home.
In addition, NETGEAR will demonstrate two recently announced Powerline products at CES. The NETGEAR Music Extender kit (XAUB2511) is a unique solution using Airplay® technology for playing your music, wirelessly, from your computer or smart phone or tablet, in any room, on any stereo system. The NETGEAR Powerline 500 WiFi Access Point Kit (XWNB5201) turns any power outlet at home into a high-speed WiFi access point using 500Mbps Powerline technology, making it ideal for extending your WiFi coverage across the walls and floors and connecting devices like tablets, laptops and smartphones to fast wireless Internet. Visit netgear.com/home/products/powerline-and-coax/ for more information on NETGEAR Powerline products for work and play.
Service Providers Choose NETGEAR
NETGEAR high-performance products are also the networking solutions of choice for some of the country’s leading broadband service providers and systems installers due to their ease of installation and support. At CES, NETGEAR unveiled NeoMedia™, a new integrated technology platform for media gateways powered by Maelstrom® software from Digital Keystone, (www.digitalkeystone.com), the leader in media distribution software. NeoMedia is the industry’s first platform that delivers broadcast and personal content to multiple screens without the need for middleware on the Customer Premise Equipment (CPE).