The manufacturer NETGEAR has presented at CES 2019 held in Las Vegas their new equipment that will go on sale this year 2019, and we anticipate that this year is really interesting. NETGEAR, as you all know, is a leader in Wi-Fi Mesh equipment, and of course, they have introduced a new Orbi with the Wi-Fi 6 standard, to make it work even faster. Do you want to know all the news of NETGEAR in the CES 2019? Do not miss this article.
NETGEAR Orbi RBK152: The Wi-Fi Mesh with Wi-Fi 6 system
NETGEAR has introduced the new Orbi top of the range, its name is Orbi RBK152 and is the top of the range with the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50. NETGEAR has not revealed too many details, but we do know that it will be based on the Qualcomm platform, just like all Orbi, its CPU has four cores, it supports a total of 12 streams. We believe that, therefore, it will be of class AX11000, although we do not know if the wireless clients will use Wi-FI 5 (Wi-Fi N in 2.4GHz and Wi-Fi AC in 5GHz), or if we will face the Clients also Wi-Fi 6 that would be logical.
In case we have Wi-Fi 6 for interconnection and wireless clients, this means that we will have AX6000 class facing the clients, so we will have up to 1148Mbps of speed in the 2.4GHz band, and a speed of up to 4804Mbps in the 5GHz band. The second band of frequencies in 5GHz is oriented specifically to the interconnection of the Orbi, it is a dedicated band, and here we will have a wireless link of 4804Mbps of speed, something really impressive.
This equipment is not the first with Wi-Fi 6 from the manufacturer since in November they presented their top-of-the-line routers to face the competition.
Related to the NETGEAR Orbi that we currently have in the market, NETGEAR has announced ” Armor “, a Bitdefender security suite that will allow us to protect all the equipment in our home, since it incorporates a complete security suite. This “Armor” is exactly the same as some routers of the manufacturer already have, like the NETGEAR R7000P, it is a payment service that has 90 free trial days, but that later we will have to pay about 70 euros per year. An important detail is that Armor includes Bitdefender Total Security software to install it on the computers and laptops that we have in our home, in an unlimited way, it is compatible with Windows and MacOS. We will also be able to install this software on our Android.
NETGEAR has also announced a Wi-Fi hotspot called ” Orbi Pro Mesh Wi-Fi Ceiling Satellite ” that we can integrate into the Orbi Pro family to increase coverage in small and medium businesses. This equipment is powered by PoE and will use the wired return network for communication with the rest of Orbi, although it would also support communication via Wi-Fi if we have FastLane3.
NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot
The manufacturer NETGEAR has also bet on CES 2019 for the new 5G that is just around the corner, but this time, instead of presenting a 5G desktop router, has introduced a MiFi, ie a portable 5G router with a built-in battery.
An important detail is that, in principle, this equipment is only available for the AT & T network in the US, but very possibly it will arrive in Spain in the very near future, either with a similar model and even the same one but with different firmware. This 5G router has a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 modem.
Manageable NETGEAR switches, professional AP and router for SMEs
The manufacturer has launched a new series of switches called NETGEAR Smart Managed Pro S350, these switches support the IPv6 protocol, and are available in models with 2 or 4 SFP ports. All are Gigabit Ethernet ports, either with RJ-45 or SFP, in addition, there are also two models (the 8-port and the 24-port) with PoE + to power access points. Regarding the management features, we have the typical functions of an L2 + switch.
The NETGEAR WAC540 is a professional access point that belongs to the Insight Smart Cloud family. This equipment is a simultaneous triple band with Wi-Fi AC3000, we can get up to 400Mbps in the 2.4GHz band, up to 867Mbps speed in the first 5GHz band, and up to 1733Mbps in the second 5GHz band. This professional AP includes the possibility of doing band-steering, has Beamforming to focus the wireless signal on customers, has load balancing, Airtime Fairness, and also incorporates Wi-Fi roaming. Being a professional team, we also have QoS, centralized management with Insight, a possibility of configuring VLANs and much more.
Finally, we have the NETGEAR WAC124, a router that will allow us to manage a professional network, since we will be able to separate the Wi-Fi networks, and, in addition, it is integrated into the Insight family for its management in the cloud. The most remarkable thing about this router is that it is of professional range, therefore, we will have the possibility of managing VLANs, creating several SSIDs, etc.
This router is a simultaneous dual-band with Wi-Fi AC2000, in the 2.4GHz band we can get a speed of up to 300Mbps, and in the 5GHz band, we can get a speed of up to 1733Mbps. Other features of this equipment is that we will have a Gigabit Ethernet port for the Internet WAN, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN. We do not have USB ports to share files in the local network.
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New security systems NETGEAR Arlo
NETGEAR Arlo is the family of IP video surveillance systems for our home. The manufacturer has presented at CES 2019 new equipment to this family, such as a multi-sensor device that is sold “all in one”. These “all in one” devices will allow us to detect movement if the doors and windows are open or closed, and it is also capable of detecting smoke, carbon monoxide in the environment, changes in temperature and also water losses.
It has also presented the Siren Arlo, a siren that can be used outdoors and that runs on battery, ideal for setting alert notifications in case of an event. This siren can be activated or deactivated with the Arlo Remote, remote control from the manufacturer.
All these devices need the Arlo SmartHub, the base of IP cameras that we had in Arlo cameras. NETGEAR has announced that Arlo SmartHub will be compatible with other manufacturers, to allow the interaction of different devices in the smart home. Finally, NETGEAR has announced an IP camera with 4K resolution, and also that the current Arlo Pro 2 will support Apple HomeKit.