CES 2014: Netgear and Facebook assist small businesses with free Wi-Fi

Netgear has introduced a range of new products at the Consumers Electronics Show [CES] 2014 that are geared towards improving the convenience of high speed Internet access in the home and assisting service providers.

The firm has teamed up with the likes of Facebook to develop Wi-Fi to small businesses and is also ready to release a line of wireless IP cameras that can be used in home security systems.

Its deal with Facebook involves teaming up with the social networking site in order to allow small businesses to give customers free Internet access once they “check in” at the business’ Facebook page. Netgear will make the Facebook Wi-Fi login available on its premium line of next generation wireless routers that support dual-band 802.11ac wireless.

When it comes to wireless IP cameras the firm has introduced two new HD models that it hopes will be adopted by home security systems providers. The Ocuity 100 Wireless IP Camera [HMNC100] has 720p resolution HD video and uses dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi to provide the quickest connection speed and best coverage around the home.

Meanwhile the Ocuity 500 Wireless IP Camera [HMNC500] puts HD quality video together with “multifunction sensing and monitoring algorithms to extend the functionality of home monitoring and automation systems to go beyond video event alerts,” according to the release.

The networking company also promises the next generation of Wi-Fi connections in the home courtesy of two new cable modem wireless routers that are supplemented with the release of two Wi-Fi range extenders.

Netgear’s new AC1750 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router [C6300] is able to handle modem speeds of up to 680Mbps that are combined with a maximum Gigabit Wi-Fi speed of 1750Mbps designed to handle the increasing demand for superfast HD coverage throughout the home. The N450 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router, meanwhile, can handle modem speeds of 340Mbps and has a fastest Wi-Fi speed of some 2.4Ghz and performance up to 450Mbps.

Its two new range extenders are the AC1200 High Power Wi-Fi Range Extender [EX6200] and the AC750 Wi-Fi Range Extender [EX6100] that both offer different levels of performance depending on requirements.

Lastly, Netgear entered the HDMI wireless streaming market with its NTV300D NeoMediacast HDMI Dongle that integrates the Android SDK to allow service providers to turn any TV into a Smart TV.