Smart Home Connectivity
Netgear is enhancing the capabilities of its 802.11ac wireless routers by adding Beamforming technology, which recognizes the location of a wireless device on a network and directs the Wi-Fi signal directly at it. The technology is designed to optimize Wi-Fi signal strength, provide more reliable connections to portable devices throughout the home, and to eliminate dead zones.
Netgear also expanded the 802.11ac family with the D6200 WiFi DSL Modem Router, which incorporates 11ac with ADSL2+ and eliminates the need for a separate DSL modem.
Meanwhile, D-Link expanded its line of cloud-enabled monitoring and networking solutions for home and small business with the Cloud Camera 1050 ($79.99) and 1150 ($99.99), and the Wireless AC1750 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router ($169.99) and AC1200 Dual-Band Gigabit Cloud Router ($149.99), based on 11AC technology. For the camera line, D-Link added audio detection with image alerts based on sound, and an integrated wireless repeater mode that eliminates Wi-Fi dead zones.
The company expanded its SharePort line of cloud routers with the SharePort Go II (DIR-508L). Designed for mobility, the SharePort Go ($119, April) features USB sharing capabilities to any iOS or Android device, expanded Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to recharge other mobile devices. D-Link also added Qualcomm StreamBoost to its Gaming Router (available late spring, price TBD), which adds Gigabit AC1300 wireless speeds and intelligent bandwidth allocation. DS