CES: Netgear unveils wireless internet system for gaming, HD

By Chad Sapieha, Special to CBCNews.ca

LAS VEGAS - The name's a mouthful, but Netgear's new HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit, recently unveiled at the company's CES booth, looks set to deliver an innovative high speed networking solution for homes in which routers are located far away from internet-connected devices.

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The kit consists of an access point unit that plugs into your current modem or router (located perhaps in your home office), and a bridge tower that connects to bandwidth-hungry living room components like video game consoles and high-definition home theatre components. The two towers communicate with one another using a 5 GHz wireless system, apparently delivering Ethernet-like data speeds and signal reliability.

The kit comes with two units (the bridge and access towers are identical) and will sell for $229 US when it is released this spring, the company said. Additional units (for web-connected devices in other rooms) will be available for $129 each.

(The author is a Toronto-based freelance writer)