NETGEAR Inc. (NTGR) has announced the launch of RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L), a full-featured Wireless-N router offering high-performance wireless range and speed along with Gigabit Ethernet ports and ReadyShare USB storage access.
The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB also is designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance open-source Linux platform supporting a wide variety of applications created by multiple development partners and the dedicated open-source community. Some of these partners include BigFoot Networks for boosting network speeds for online gaming, Leaf Networks for easy remote access, Paragon Software for high-speed USB file reads and writes, and Sputnik for hotspot solutions.
The high-performance RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB features a 480MHz MIPS 74K CPU core with embedded hardware acceleration and incorporates 8MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM, enough to run even business-class applications. It features five 10/100/1000 (one WAN port and four LAN) Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology with high WAN to LAN speeds in excess of 350mbps. It incorporates an 802.11n access point with a wireless repeater mode to extend range. The three internal Metamaterial antennas provide enhanced wireless range and reliable connections.
“The debut of our open source RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router is significant as it is the first full-featured Wireless-N Linux router to combine wide ranging capabilities, features, infrastructure and a community to enable application development,” stated Som Pal Choudhury, senior product line manager for advanced wireless at NETGEAR. “Feedback and ideas from our open source community have been key in developing this powerful platform. We are therefore very pleased to announce our Development Partner Program, with multiple software vendors and developers creating customized, robust, commercial-grade applications on the WNR3500L.”
The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB is supported by a dedicated open source router community, which provides open-source firmware downloads, applications, forums, blogs, articles, source code and user guides. Members also have access to dedicated and responsive support from open source experts.
NETGEAR also is introducing a Development Partner Program that already includes several software application vendors who are creating custom applications for the WNR3500L router that NETGEAR customers can download and enjoy.
The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) will be available in Fall 2009 through select retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers. The router is backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support for $139.99.