Netgear Launches Linux-Powered 802.11n Wi-Fi Router

Networking equipment vendor Netgear has unveiled a new open source router, the WNR3500L, that offers a ReadyShare USB storage access along with four Gigabit Ethernet ports.

The company claims that the device can extend support a wide variety of complex applications that have been created by its development partners which include the likes of BigFoot Networks which offers solution for boosting network speeds.

The new device which has been christened as the RangeMax Wireless-N is essentially a Linux-based one and explores the concept of having both processing and storage at the router independent of any computer.

To download the open source firmware for the device, RangeMax Wireless-N users need to visit the open source community development site, The new router comes with a powerful 480Mhz MIPS 74k processor core along with 8MB of flash memory besides carrying 64MB of RAM.

In addition it also sports three sophisticated internal antennas that are capable of delivering data speeds of up to 350mbps and it supports several open source firmware applications like OpenWRT , DD-WRT and Tomato.

With the RangeMax Wireless-N competitively priced at just $139, Netgear believes that it has winner on its hand which is surely to find many takers in the market.

Our Comments

Netgear is essentially proposing a computer that doubles as a supercharged router. The fact that it comes with Linux is also a welcomed bonus because it allows users to tinker with the platform and possibly provide with an ever overall performance - like modders would do with their own computers.

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