April 23, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
There are a lot of products out there promising video streams, downloads and online gaming. However, some deliver a less than desirable performance. That’s probably why Netgear is packing a secret weapon into a pair of its products.
The new R6300 802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router and the A6200 802.11ac Dual Band WiFi USB Adapter both now have the power of Beamforming+. Existing R6300 and A6200 users can also snag the goods via a free firmware upgrade.
Beamforming+ is a signal-focusing technology that promises to improve WiFi performance and range via a targeted approach. In other words, it directs all of that signal goodness right to your connected WiFi devices. If you’re willing to connect the R6300 to a PC or laptop with the A6200 adapter, Netgear says that you’ll get WiFi performance that will make all of your friends and web-based foes insanely jealous.
“Beamforming is the next big thing in WiFi signal technology, and Netgear is proud to bring it to you on our market-leading 802.11ac wireless products. 802.11ac is the wireless standard you need to support the increasingly heavy demands on your network for voice, video and data,” said Sandeep Harpalani, Netgear’s director of product marketing for retail networking products. “With Netgear Beamforming+, we raise the bar further by providing significant improvement in performance, especially at long distances where connection speeds and reliability are challenging. Our test data demonstrates that when we enable Beamforming+ on our R6300 WiFi Router, we see performance increase by 60 percent at a distance of around 50 feet when connecting to an 802.11ac device.”
Netgear first showed off Beamforming+ at January’s CES. However, you don’t have to wait for the next demo. Both the R6300 router and the A6200 adapter are available now.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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