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Netgear to Bow New Wireless Devices for Blu-ray Players

1 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netgear this week is introducing new wireless networking devices for home theater and Internet-enabled consumer electronics products such as Blu-ray Disc players, video game consoles and set-top boxes.

Consumer electronics manufacturers believe wireless connectivity will expedite Internet-delivered entertainment, including movies, into homes with recently purchased high-definition televisions.

The Universal Wi-Fi Internet adapter (available in May for $79) claims it can deliver up to 300 Mbps through the Ethernet port of Internet-connected TVs, game consoles and Blu-ray players, among others.

A separate Wireless-N HD Home Theater Kit (available in the third quarter) eliminates the need for wiring or Ethernet cables. It is also designed to overcome problems such as wireless signal strength, interference and areas of the home that are difficult to reach.

“With the rising demand among consumers for HD-quality video, IPTV service providers are increasingly looking for carrier-grade solutions to wirelessly connect IPTV set-top boxes to the home network,” said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at The NPD Group.

Netgear will display the products at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany through March 6.

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