Netgear boosts signal range with its new RangeMax router

Netgear boosts signal range with its new RangeMax router

Summary: I hear a lot about the ever-increasing speed of wireless routers, but what I really need on my network is better range. That’s what caught my attention about Netgear’s new dual-band router announced today at CES: The company says that its unique antenna technology will boost range by up to 20 percent.

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I hear a lot about the ever-increasing speed of wireless routers, but what I really need on my network is better range. That’s what caught my attention about Netgear’s new dual-band router announced today at CES: The company says that its unique antenna technology will boost range by up to 20 percent.

The RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300) is based on the IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 spec and includes eight antennas tucked inside its sleek black chassis. Netgear’s patented metamaterial technology allows for antennas that are much smaller than those traditionally found on routers, which enables Netgear to pack more inside. What’s more, the company says it can position the antennas in close proximity and direct signal energies to targeted wireless devices while avoiding signal interference. “We consistently beat our competitors by 10 to 30 percent” in range tests, says Netgear’s David Henry.

Better yet, he says that Netgear was able to hit the “router sweet spot” of $129.99 for the new RangeMax WNDR3300 router. Like most Draft N devices, the new RangeMax targets users who stream video and gaming files around the home, as well as VoIP phone fans. It does so by using the less-crowded 5GHz band for demanding tasks like streaming video or network gaming. It also includes Quality of Service (QoS) technology that can automatically prioritize apps like gaming and video streaming. If you like to tweak, you can prioritize certain activities by LAN port or MAC address.

The RangeMax WNDR3300 router also sets up WPS security with the touch of a button. And that’s a feature that could protect your router from attack by viruses, which has been proved possible by researchers at Indiana University. Netgear boosts signal range of its new RangeMax router

Topics: Mobility, Networking

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  • Just how far would that be?

    I love wireless, when i can get it. But I live 3.5 miles from the nearest wi-fi signal. Is there any device that can boost a signal to pick up that wi-fi signal?
    This netgear sounds nice, but it's for indoor use, right?
    jimfetter
    • Longer range

      I have a friend that shares his bandwidth down a hill to his parents. His uplink comes in on Chnl 1 from a tower, that feeds an AP in his house on Chnl 6 and then the Tranzeo (on the outside of his house) uses Chnl 11 to push 1.5 miles. Seems to work just fine through -30C to +35C.

      http://www.tranzeo.com/products/ and drill down to select a product that will do 5 miles. Having extra distance just improves the signal margins.
      dave01234
  • So that's what this router is

    I've seen it around businesses and found it to be a interestingly designed router, nice to finally find out what those routers were. If I were looking to create a new wireless network this router would definitely be at the top of my list, unfortunately due to bad experiences with wireless routers my patience is about run out with wireless networks and my next networks will be 99% ethernet cabling. Perhaps sometime in the future I'll be open to giving this technology another try...

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach
    • Wireless has come a long way...

      It is very important to make sure the router is the same technology (as well as the same brand if possible for technical support reasons) as the adapter. Most people who buy a fancy new router such as this one forget to upgrade the receiving side of things...if you buy a dual band NEXT router, then you need to buy a dual band adapter (whether it be USB or cardbus).
      dlancelot
  • RE: Netgear boosts signal range with its new RangeMax router

    Bought one of these last night. Was up and running, and secured within an hour. Worked flawlessly which is more than I can say for the Apple Airport Express which is complete junk.
    sombaty.1