In partnership with Ericsson, Netgear on Tuesday announced its new MBRN3300E 3G Mobile Broadband Router with internal 3G radio.
The new router was announced just in time for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The companies say the new router's ability to connect using HSPA mobile broadband targets the SOHO (small office, home office) and "semi-nomadic" user.
What's that mean? Environments such as:
- Locations that lack wired infrastructure;
- An alternative to DOCSIS, DSL or Fiber to the Home (FTTH);
- Internet access from trains, buses, automobiles, RVs or boats.
The MBRN3300 combines a 3G WAN with 802.11n wireless and Ethernet LAN. On the wireless LAN side, you'll get 270 Mbps, as well as a full-featured firewall.
The router also offers parental controls and content filtering, as well as a broadband usage meter to keep tabs on your usage.
It also has:
- Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), VPN pass-through and Denial of Service protection
- Guest networks (multiple SSID) capability to enable customers to set up multiple wireless networks within a home or small business. (Netgear: "This is especially useful for setting up a dedicated network for guests to give them access to the Internet but not other resources and files on the network.")
- Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) for video, voice and gaming
- Push 'N' Connect with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) for securely connecting devices
- On/off switches for power and 3G / Wi-Fi for energy conservation
- Optional car power charger and battery pack
The company says the router is available now, but I haven't yet spotted it listed at online retailers. No price was announced.