CES 2010: Netgear Press Conference

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Got off to an early start today, though not quite early enough to make it into the first press conference by LG. Snuck in later, but not surprisingly the focus was on TVs, so no major loss there. Fortunately it put me in good position to catch the Netgear presscon, which was all about connectivity.

The star of their show was the Stora, a network drive that aims to make media sharing a lot easier. In addition to the usual stuff, it can stream video, shows of photos with a beautiful CoolIris interface, and share via email, URL or social networking (Facebook updating is automatic). It also has its own RSS feed enabling, among other things, automatic updates to a digital photo frame, such as the one owned by the presenter’s 99 year old grandmother, finally making those things seem useful to me. 2TB version coming soon.

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Stora puts music, photos, videos and other important data at the heart of your home network
• Centralize all your digital media (videos, music, photos) in a single, safe location
• Share a photo album with selected friends and family through selected user access controls
• Watch your movies directly streaming from home to any Internet-connected device
• Stream music in the subway or car on your iPhone
• Protect all your valuable documents by backing them up on the optional 2nd bay
• Swap or add a hard drive in minutes without using any tools.
• Integrates with Facebook, iTunes®, Flickr™1 and Web-enabled phones1

netgearrouterOf potentially more interest to mobile folks is their Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem-Mobile Broadband Edition. Netgear once again distinguishes themselves as being first to market with a router that supports WiMax. Not terribly useful yet, but it’s future-proofed. It’s a connectivity monster.

The Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem–Mobile Broadband Edition is a full featured
Wireless-N router with Integrated ADSL2+ Modem and a failover or backup option to connect
to a 3G/4G/WiMAXâ„¢ Mobile Broadband network in case of DSL outage. Internet traffic will be
temporarily routed via the secondary Mobile Broadband Internet access. When normal service is
restored to your primary ADSL line, all traffic is switched back. The Mobile Broadband connection
can also be used as a primary Internet connection in situations where no DSL/cable/satellite
connection exists.
When not using the backup option, the router can be used to share a USB storage device with
any computer in the network. The solution is ideal for small and medium businesses that need
the reliability of an always-on Internet connection.
• Dual WAN reliability — Integrated DSL Modem with automatic failover to 3G/4G/WiMAX™
broadband networks
• Wireless-N provides higher speed and better range than your old DSL equipment
• ReadySHARE™— USB port enables any computer in the network to access a single external
USB storage
• Connect to 3G/4G/WiMAX™ broadband network virtually anywhere as a backup or primary
connection
• OpenDNS powered router makes your network safer, more reliable and productive
Features
• WAN-Backup with 3G/4G/WiMAX™ keeps you online in case of DSL outage
• Broadband Usage Meter measures your Internet traffic to help avoid excess usage charges
• Create instant WiFi hotspots where DSL is not available—rural locations, satellite offices,
special events, and RVs
• Dedicated network for guests with restricted access without sharing your own security password
• Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for reliable video, voice and gaming
• Built-in ADSL2+ modem for use with DSL Broadband (through the telephone line)
• Push ‘N’ Connect using Wi-Fi Protected Setupâ„¢ (WPS)
• Smart Wizard® installation CD with multi-language support makes setup easy
• Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), VPN (Virtual Private Network) Pass through and Denial of
Service protection
• Compatible 3G/4G/WiMAX USB modems—View a current list of
compatible 3G/4G/WiMAX USB modems and mobile service providers
at www.NETGEAR.com/3G
• Convenient Universal Car Power Adapter available separately—
Visit www.netgear.com/carp1000 for online availability
Green Networking
• Convenient power and Wi-Fi on/off switches conserve energy
• Efficient Energy Star-compliant power supply
• Packaging manufactured with at least 80% recycled materials

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