NETGEAR announced Wireless Extreme for Mac and PC (WNDRMAC), the company’s first home router to offer Mac-specific capabilities – including native support for Apple’s Time Machine back-up software and Bonjour automated networking technology.
A large number of NETGEAR’s consumer customer base use both Macs and PCs, in addition to iPhones, iPads and other devices, on their home networks. The Wireless Extreme includes the advanced features found in NETGEAR’s family of routers – parental controls, DLNA compatible media streaming, a broadband usage meter and simultaneous dual-band wireless performance.
In addition, it also features Genie, which is a dashboard-style application that provides easy and complete router and network management, CD-less installation and support for Mac-specific technology.
The Wireless Extreme also features Dual-band wireless N networking (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and an advanced 680 Mhz processor to support state-of-the-art HD media streaming, multiplayer online gaming and simultaneous downloads. The router is DLNA certified for streaming media to DLNA-compatible high-definition televisions, Blu-ray players and game consoles.
Other advanced features of the Wireless Extreme include:
ReadySHARE Printer. The Wireless Extreme makes it easy to turn any existing USB printer into a fully functional networked printer that is fully compatible with Macs, PCs and a growing number of mobile platforms.
NETGEAR Genie. This free utility for PCs and Macs allows home users to control, monitor, repair and manage their home networks easily through a simple and elegant dashboard. NETGEAR customers can download the utility at . The Mac version is available as a public beta.
Guest network access. The Wireless Extreme’s browser interface and the NETGEAR Genie utility make setting up a guest network simple and easy. Visitors can go online freely without the need for your secure login information. The guest network also prevents users from seeing and accessing your computers, printers, storage drives and other home-network devices.
DLNA. A USB hard drive plugged into the router becomes a powerful DLNA media server for sharing any entertainment content stored on the drive – including video, music and photos – to DLNA-certified, Internet-ready consumer electronic devices, including televisions, Blu-rayÃ¢â€ž? players and game consoles.
Advanced Quality of Service. By prioritizing video streams over other home network traffic, advanced Quality of Service (QoS) provides the best possible viewing experience for online video.
Gigabit wired Ethernet. The Wireless Extreme comes with four high-speed gigabit Ethernet ports for ultra-fast wired connections.
Leading security. The router supports WPA and WPA2 protocols for WiFi, has double firewall (SPI and NAT) protection against Internet threats, and provides Denial of Service (DoS) attack prevention.
Broadband usage meter. This tool enables users to monitor their Internet data consumption and can send customized alerts when usage is close to monthly bandwidth limits, avoiding costly overage fees for those with metered service plans.
Live Parental Controls. This centralized, flexible and reliable parental control solution for all the devices on the network, including Macs, Windows PCs, smartphones and tablets, provides a safe online environment for children and teenagers -no subscription required.
Automatic WiFi security. The Wireless Extreme comes with wireless security turned on out-of-the-box with a pre-configured network name and password so home WiFi networks are protected by default.