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Netgear XR500 NightHawk Gaming Router

Hubert Nguyen January 8, 2018

The XR500 NightHawk is Netgear’s first official Gaming router as the company wants to take some share of the juicy PC Gaming market. Netgear has taken notice that a large share of PC gamers play first-person-shooter (FPS) games that can be extremely sensitive to network conditions. As you have guessed, this is not something that the average router will excel at, hence this XR500 NightHawk design.

There are several ways of managing latency, and Netgear is providing many forms and layers of management. First, you can define a geo-filter which won’t allow low-latency IPs to join your game. When it comes to latency, “distance” is one of the most important factors because despite going at the speed of light, data packets may have to go through many network hops before arriving at their destination. The shorter the distance, the higher the odds of low latency.

Of course, this work with games where you are the server, and there are plenty of them. For games in which a centralized server matches players based on different criteria (experience…), it won’t really work.

Secondly, there’s Quality of Service (QoS) within your own network. This means that gaming network packets should have priority over things such as video or file transfers which are not urgent and can be buffered for many seconds. At 60FPS or more, the game’s latency requirement is orders of magnitude higher, and it makes sense to use QoS.

The QoS also lets you set bandwidth limits for each time of applications, so that there is always a little bit of overhead to avoid packet queuing to the ISP. If there’s a peak of traffic, all packets might start getting placed in a queue, including the gaming packets. By leaving some headroom, the whole queuing situation might be avoided.

The Netgear router supports VPN in case you want to securely stream games from outside your home (or just watch Netflix from abroad). It also has excellent specifications for WiFi, including Multi-Mimo which ensures that internal traffic can flow quickly, even if there are many devices connected to the router.

This is a very competitive market, and Netgear makes a late entry into it, but since the company is a major player in the router space, this is a move worth noticing.

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Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite Extends WiFi Reach

Hubert Nguyen January 3, 2018

[CES 2108] Netgear has just announced that it will feature the new Orbi Outdoor Satellite at CES 2018. As you can guess by its name, this is a product designed to be located outdoors, and it extends the home WiFi network to up to 2,500 square feet, says Netgear.

Of course, actual performance depends on the positioning of the devices relative to the Orbi Outdoor Satellite, but with a perfect line of sight, this should be achievable.

If you are unfamiliar with Netgear’s Orbi, it is a WiFi Mesh Networking kit that comes with several satellites. It works in a similar manner to the Samsung Connect Home mesh network we reviewed in November. Mesh networks act as a single network with one password, and devices hop onto the best connection dynamically. With old WiFi repeaters, this was just not possible or extremely unreliable. In some ways, Mesh WiFi work similarly to cellphone networks.

Orbi, like other mesh networks, has a private wireless network for the nodes or Satellites to communicate. That way, the regular WiFi traffic isn’t overcrowded by the inter-node data exchange. In fact, the private node-to-node speed can reach 1.733 Gbps, thanks to four 433 Mbps channels that can be used simultaneously. Communications with your WiFi devices can reach 400 Mbps for 2.5GHz WiFi and 866 Mbps for 5 GHz WiFi.

The Orbi Outdoor Satellite will act like a regular Orbi node, except that it is designed to be outside. Its resistance to the elements include an IP56 rating which means that

  • IP5x: Prevents moderate amount of dust from entering but is not Dust tight
  • IPx6: Strong water jets (~12.5mm nozzle) won’t harm the device. 3mn test, 100L/mn at 100 kPa, 3 meters away. No water immersion.

You can check what other IP ratings there are, but IP56, it should be protected from rain, but not from immersion. That is the bottom-line. This device can also operate at -20C to 50C (-4F to 122F).

It has an ambient light control function, so if you place it strategically, it can serve as a night light for an entrance.

The Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite power source will need to be connected to a wall outlet. These WiFi routers are high-powered devices that can churn a lot of data, so you apparently can’t really power them with a 12V current which used for garden light.

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Netgear Recalls Arlo Outdoor Camera Power Adapters Due To Fire Hazard

Tyler Lee December 6, 2017

Netgear has a series of outdoor cameras for home security purposes, like the Arlo, Arlo Pro, and the Arlo Go. Unfortunately it seems that the power adapter that is used for these cameras is having issue, so much so that the company has issued a recall for them over the potential of a fire hazard.

According to the CPSC, “This recall involves all model VMA4700 NETGEAR Arlo outdoor power adapters that were sold separately as aftermarket accessories for the Arlo, Arlo Pro and Arlo Go wire-free outdoor cameras.. This recall only involves the VMA4700 aftermarket model sold separately.”

The report also adds that so far Netgear has received about seven reports of the power adapter cord overheating, with one incident resulting in a fire, but luckily there have been no injuries so far. “The firm has received seven reports of the power adapter cord melting and overheating, resulting in one fire. No injuries have been reported.”

Apparently it seems that despite the power adapter’s connector being weatherproof, it was discovered that a defect has allowed water to leak in, which in turn can cause it to short circuit, melt, and catch on fire. Customers who do own the power adapter should send it in ASAP and get it replaced.

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Netgear Announces Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

When it comes to smart home security systems, there are many options to choose from. This ranges from smart home security cameras, motion sensors, doorbells, alarm systems, and more, and Netgear has recently announced a new addition to the already-growing list in the form of a smart home security light for outdoors.

Dubbed the Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light, the name pretty much tells you what it does. This is a spotlight that you would place outside your home where you would typically place such a device. However it is smarter than your regular spotlight because it is motion-activated, can be scheduled, and will work with digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and also IFTTT. There is even a red light mode which should hopefully scare away any unwanted visitors.

Unfortunately the light does not come with a built-in camera, which means that if you wanted visuals you will have to supplement it with a separate camera, such as Netgear’s Arlo security cameras. As for pricing, Netgear has chosen to remain mum on how much the light will cost for now, except that it will be released in the first half of 2018. There will also be a solar panel accessory that will be sold separately if you’d rather not have to change the batteries every now and then.

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Netgear Launches Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Camera

Adnan Farooqui October 10, 2017

Netgear’s Arlo Pro wireless camera was well received last year so the company is now launching a successor. Netgear announced the launch of the Arlo Pro 2 today, and like its predecessor, it’s also wireless. However, it’s slightly more expensive than the Arlo Pro was as the resolution has been increased to 1080p. There are some other new features as well.

Design-wise, the Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 are almost identical. However, the new camera bumps up the resolution to 1080p with 130-degree field of view instead of the 720p resolution of its predecessor, even though it had the sensor to record 1080p. Netgear says that the Arlo Pro 2 has enough power to record and process 1080p video without overheating.

The Arlo Pro 2 can operate in wired or wireless modes. If the camera is plugged in, it offers additional functionality such as the ability to record video around the clock and setting up custom activity zones. The look back feature records a small buffer of video while it’s plugged in and if the camera detects movement it saves the video so that users can get a longer clip of that moment.

Alexa integration comes baked in as well. Users can watch the feed from their camera on an Echo Show or Fire TV by giving the relevant command to Alexa. Customers who are already using an Arlo system can purchase the Arlo Pro 2 as an add-on camera. It costs $219.99.

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Netgear Vulnerability Lets Hackers Commandeer Routers

Adnan Farooqui January 31, 2017

A new vulnerability has been found in Netgear routers which can potentially allow hackers to commandeer your routers. This vulnerability is said to affect more than a dozen Netgear routers and thus potentially affects thousands of units in homes and businesses across the globe. The vulnerability has been disclosed by a cybersecurity firm called Trustwave.

According to Trustwave, the Netgear vulnerability enables hackers to exploit the router’s password recovery system to bypass authentication and gain control of admin credentials. This gives them full access to the device and its systems thus enabling them to do whatever they want with the router remotely.

This vulnerability is said to affect at least 31 different routers and thus leaves more than a million users exposed. Routers that have the remote management option turned out will be vulnerable to remote attacks. Anyone with physical access to one of the affected models can easily go around the safety mechanisms and gain access to the device. They can even turn it into a botnet if they want.

Netgear has since confirmed that this vulnerability exists and has published a full list of the affected models on its website. If you own any one of these models it’s strongly recommended that you immediately update your router’s firmware to ensure that this vulnerability doesn’t present a risk anymore.

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Telstra Launches World’s First Gigabit-Class LTE Network (Australia)

Eliane Fiolet January 31, 2017
Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra

Telstra, the largest Australian wireless carrier, has announced that its Gigabit-class (~1000Mbps) LTE network is now operational. Telstra was aiming to have it ready by the end of 2016, so with a small delay, things are now up and running.

The first device to fully support LTE Gigabit-class speeds will be the Netgear Nighthawk M1 portable 4G router (~$360). This device can support up to 20 devices connected simultaneously over WiFi AC (for ~24 hours!) and will communicate with the internet over Gb 4G LTE. We’ve seen this device in previous tech events, although we didn’t know which carrier would first release it.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra

Telstra has built the network with the help of Ericsson, while Qualcomm and NETGEAR have worked together to build the Nighthawk client device which uses the Qualcomm X16 Gb-class modem, the same one found in the Snapdragon 835 SoC, just as expected.

Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra
Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks at Telsra

Just moments ago, we watched a live demonstration of the Telstra network capabilities with a speed test that reached ~900 Mbps (download), near enough to deserve the Gigabit-class name. The speed may fluctuate as the network is onboarding customers (in “late February”), but this is proof that given enough capacity, the wireless communications technology can reach that speed. In theory, the upload speed can reach ~150 Mbps.

A couple of years ago (Sept 2015), Telstra was also on a “first”:  600Mbps download speeds, and this is part of LTE’s gradual improvement. Note that LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and it’s fair to say that LTE has lived up to its name.

“GIGABIT LTE WILL BECOME THE FOUNDATION FOR 5G”This is not quite over yet for LTE but reaching Gigabit-class speeds is also a step as networks will transit over to 5G in the next decade. Every company involved in today’s launch are saying that Gigabit-Class LTE is critical for this transition. “Gigabit LTE will become the foundation for 5G” says Peter Carson, Director of Marketing at Qualcomm.

All companies involved are quick to point out that peak performance is not the only goal, although it is an important metric. Being able to transmit data faster, also means that network resources become available faster as well. This will convert into better network capacity and availability and raise the general user experience.

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Arlo Baby Monitor Launched at CES

Hubert Nguyen January 5, 2017

arlo-baby-2When the popularity of home wireless networks and the quality of the new-generation of internet cameras collide, one specific market is on the rise: the baby-cams. Netgear has understood this rather well, and has worked on an evolution of its Arlo home surveillance camera, making it a very potent baby monitor.

Baby cams are technically not very far apart from their security cams cousins at first thought. However, the difference is really in the details. For example, you need to make sure that the camera and cable is completely out of reach of the children. At the same time, putting it at the top of a high piece of furniture may not yield the view angle you desire.

To solve this, Netgear’s Arlo Baby Cam has a number of mounting accessories that make it wall-mountable, and has an arm-mount in case you do not want to punch a hole. The arm allows for a better positioning. Obviously, it can also simply rest on a table or low furniture.


Baby cams are looked at more often than security cams, so there’s an Arlo Baby Monitoring Display which includes a 7” Tablet with an integrated Arlo software. It’s a stripped down Android tablet, with the Arlo app preloaded on it (the only one accessible too).

Beyond its video-surveillance capabilities, the Arlo Baby Cam can also become a multi-colored night light with thousands of colors. The light is emitted towards the back of the camera to create a soft and diffuse glow. The camera’s speaker can also be used to stream audio via the Arlo app.


It also has an air-quality sensor which will sense temperature, humidity and basic air quality data. The app/platform will keep this data for 7 days in case you need to look at the evolution of the situation.

The Arlo camera can also listen to the environment, and inform you when the baby wakes up, and even track the sleep patterns, and visits/feeding times events. In the future, Netgear plans to have the camera do much more, even analyzing the baby face and come up with a guess as for what the baby emotional state is. How accurate it would be remains to be seen, but this is an interesting idea.


Finally, the Arlo Baby Monitoring Cam has friendly rounded design, with the possibility to “dress up” the camera using Arlo Characters accessories. This makes the camera more friendly-looking in a kid’s room. The video feed is recorded and broadcasted in 1080p resolution and the camera and basic accessory will be available in “Spring 2017”. The tablet monitoring kit will come during “summer 2017” according to Netgear.

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Netgear AC750 WIFI Range Extender Tells Optimal Position

Hubert Nguyen January 6, 2014

Netgear AC750 WIFI Range Extender Tells Optimal Position[CES 2014] Netgear’s AC750 WiFi extender is the new addition to the growing line of WiFi AC offering from the company, and it comes with a twist: with a simple LED light system, the AC750 can tell the user where the optimum position is in the order to get the best ratio between range/distance and signal quality. It seems to do this by running a simple analysis of signal strength which will tell the user not to place it too far from the router. The idea is to get as close as the range limit of the router as possible, while not going too far and lose the signal. It seems trivial, but without those light indicators, you would probably waste a lot of time with trial/errors and benchmarks.

In case the home has Ethernet wiring, the Netgear AC750 can also connect to that and become a simple long-range WiFi access point. That’s a great way to “upgrade” your WiFi network to WiFi-AC, without having to buy a new router.

Finally, since it uses dual band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz), which makes it possible to split the network traffic to avoid congestion. I honestly never needed to do that, but if you have tech-savvy kids who use a lot of bandwidth, this may come in handy.

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    Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router

    Hubert Nguyen January 6, 2014

    Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router[CES 2014] The Trek N300 is another travel router that looks pretty interesting: first of all, it can share public WiFi HotSpots to all your devices, so that may beat your older travel router, but it also has a flip-out antenna that supposedly makes the reception better. It’s impossible to tell without running some tests in the real world, but I just think that it looks cool. (more…)

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