Saturday, January 5, 2008

Netgear Adds Multiple Internal Antenna Array to N Products

NETGEAR launched a new series of Wireless-N products including its RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router, RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router, 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge, HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit, and RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter. The new Wireless-N products, which are based upon the IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 specification and have all been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, incorporate multiple internal antenna arrays based on NETGEAR's metamaterials technology.

The company said unique wireless signal patterns and properties delivered by metamaterial antenna arrays improve the range and throughput of the WiFi routers and adapters. Based on patented antenna structures, but using conventional and inexpensive manufacturing techniques, the metamaterial antenna array places multiple antennas in close proximity, directing signal energies to targeted wireless devices while avoiding any signal collision or interference with each other. The ability to have antennas placed close together enables NETGEAR to incorporate six to eight internal antennas in a compact design.

The new NETGEAR products are also equipped with the industry-standard Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) introduced by the WiFi Alliance. This enables a "Push 'N' Connect" button that eliminates the need to remember or input security password keys.