Duxbury Networking, distributor of Netgear products in South Africa, has announced the availability of Netgear’s new range of 802.11n Wireless-N networking products. The range includes Netgear WNR834B and WNR854T Wireless-N Routers, the first in the world to carry Intel’s ‘Connect with Centrino’ technology.

Designed to ensure that users of Centrino Mobile Technology receive superior rate, range, and robustness in their wireless home networks, Intel established the ‘Connect with Centrino’ program which thoroughly tests networking products that incorporate this Intel technology.

“Netgear, having completed our rigorous certification program, has clearly demonstrated its commitment to promoting and advancing the full capability of the 802.11n draft standard,” says Dave Hofer, director, wireless networking, mobile products group at Intel.

Duxbury Networking managing director, Graham Duxbury explains that 802.11n is the next major industry-wide standard in wireless networking. “802.11n recently received a high vote of confidence from the ISO 802.11 working group and Netgear’s Wireless-N products are among the first in the industry to make use of this exciting new standard in development,” he says. “802.11n offers double the data throughput rate of the fastest previous 802.11 standard and a far greater wireless range.”

He says that the RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N routers were real-world tested and verified to work together with Intel’s Next-Gen Wireless N technology. The rigorous certification process that Netgear’s products were subjected to are of particular significance as it demonstrates and validates the extensive engineering efforts that Netgear has dedicated to bringing to market 802.11n-compliant products, enabled with Intel’s technology.

The WNR854T also features a gigabit Ethernet switch, allowing the use of 10/100/1000 cabled networking to be used alongside 802.11n wireless connectivity. Also in the range are combination ADSL 2+ modem and Wireless-N routers, 802.11n notebook adapters, PCI cards for desktop machines, USB 2.0 Adapters and access points.

“RangeMax NEXT products also offer robust security,” adds Duxbury, “with NAT and SPI firewalls, Touchless WiFi Security, 64 and 128 bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key technology, Denial of Service attack protection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention, and Exposed Host technology for secure gaming.”

But this high level of security does not compromise Netgear’s famous ease-of-use, assures Duxbury, and RangeMax NEXT products are easy to set up and install.