LAS VEGAS--Two years ago, Netgear announced its first dual-band Wireless-N router with built-in DSL modem, the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router + DSL Modem DGND3300, offering DSL consumers a high-end alternative to modem/wireless router combo solutions offered by service providers, which tend to be slow and lacking.
Now, here at CES 2011, the company is kicking this solution up a notch, by announcing today the N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit ADSL Modem DGND3700 Router, which it calls "the ultimate home gateway."
The new DGND3700 differentiates itself from the old DGND330 via a long list of new features. Apart from the fact that it also has a built-in DSL modem, supports concurrent dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and other usual networking and security features, it also offers:
Two USB ports to support external storage. These ports are compatible with Netgear's ReadyShare network storage functionality.
Gigabit Ethernet and DLNA compliance that allows for network digital media streaming to any DLNA-compliant TV, game console, or media player within the network.
Live parental controls that enable comprehensive Web filtering functionality.
Guest networking, which allows for giving separate Internet access to guests while keeping them from accessing local resources, such as file or printers.
A broadband usage meter that automatically tracks broadband usage notifies if a set level is reached.
This is arguably the first combo modem/router solution that offers basically everything a high-end Wireless-N router does. It would make a good investment for those who want to get the most out of their broadband and home networking without having too many pieces of equipment lying around.
Netgear says the new N600 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit ADSL Modem Router is supported by most if not all DSL service providers in the U.S. The device will be available for purchase during the second quarter of the year and carries an estimated price tag of $200.