CES 2018: Everything Announced By Netgear

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Following on from last year’s Arlo and Orbi, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Netgear. It all starts at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Usually a playground for sin and vice, the week-long consumer technology mecca sees Vegas become a playground for gadgets, gizmos and everything in between.

Here’s what Netgear brought to this year’s CES:

Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500

What is it?

A fully-featured MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router that’s been designed to enable a seamless and lightning-fast gag experience through both quality hardware and a robust software experience.

What’s exciting about it?

On a hardware level, the XR500 comes equipped with four gigabit LAN ports, four high-performance antennas, a dual-core 1.7Ghz processor, 256MB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and beamforming capabilities.

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Then, on software, it comes powered by a comprehensive and customizable software interface that lets you easily prioritize traffic sources, monitor your network, connect to VPN servers and set up geofilters to ensure that you’ll only be reaching servers where the difference in ping isn’t too harsh.

When will it be available?


How much will it cost?

No pricing for this product has been announced at this time.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

Yes. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR500 Wi-Fi Router will be coming to Australia

Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 LAN Switch

What is it?

A new switch that builds on the software experience of Netgear’s Smart Managed Plus Switch and rounds things out with several new gaming-focused features that promise to make it a perfect match for the XR500 Wi-Fi Router.

“Designed to meet the specialised needs of the gamer, the new Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10GbE LAN Switch comes equipped with dedicated features designed to eliminate laggy game play,” said Richard Jonker, senior vice president of SMB for Netgear.

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“With the Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 Switch, we made it easy to offload high-bandwidth applications to reduce congestion for your network. The gaming dashboard offers real-time insights into bandwidth utilisation by device, so you can ensure optimum performance and know where your bandwidth is being used.”

What’s exciting about it?

Although its very clearly a product for gamers, the appeal of the SX10 arrives on multiple fronts. Spec-wise, the devices’ adaptable set of 5-speed 10Gigabit Uplinks set the stage nicely for a consistent low-latency experience. Meanwhile, the customizable RGB lighting means that it won’t just sit aside from your desktop setup but form a seamless part of its overall aesthetic.

When will it be available?


How much will it cost?

No pricing for this product has been announced at this time.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

Yes. The Nighthawk Pro Gaming SX10 10G/Multi-Gig LAN Switch will be coming to Australia

The Orbi RBK30 and RBK40

What are they?

Two new additions to Netgear's Orbi range of mesh Wi-Fi routers. The RBK30 includes an AC2200 router and wall-plug satellite designed to cover an area of up to 200 square metres while the RBK40 includes an AC2200 router and its own matching satellite, which promise to cover a property of up to 250 square metres.

What’s exciting about them?
According to David Henry, senior vice president of home networking devices for NETGEAR, “each of these new Orbi systems with AC2200 WiFi are faster than competitive products with legacy AC1200 WiFi."

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"Furthermore, all Orbi home WiFi systems are Tri-band versus the competition which are dual band mesh. Due to the use of the innovative Tri-band technology, multiple independent reviewers and testers around the world have proven that Orbi WiFi systems deliver far superior performance for more simultaneously streaming devices,” continued Henry.

There's also the price, which now sits significantly lower than the RBK50.

When will it be available?


How much will it cost?

In Australia, the RBK30 is priced at $499 and the RBK50 is priced at $599.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?


Other Tidbits


Netgear announced several new major partnerships at this year’s CES. The first of these is with Disney’s Circle Media Labs. This will see the company’s routers, mobile apps and software experience integrate with the platform, which easily allows parents to  better manage and control the level of engagement that their children have with the internet.

Using the Netgear app, parents can now create daily time limits for apps and websites, setting individual filters, scheduling BedTime and easily pausing the internet by device or by user with the press of a button.

“Netgear  has a long-standing commitment to its customers to provide the best in terms of WiFi connectivity for internet access,” said David J. Henry, Netgear senior vice president of Home Networking.

“We’re very pleased to deliver safe and fun experiences for children of all ages by aligning with Circle with Disney to safely manage online activity through our Orbi and Nighthawk-branded products. We look forward to adding Circle with Disney to more Netgear products.”


The second major partnership that Netgear announced at CES is with Bitdefender. The cybersecurity company has been enlisted by Netgear to power the company’s new security-focused subscription offering: Netgear Armor.

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Should you buy in: you’ll gain access to a multi-level security solution that protects you against from digital threats through both Bitdefenders’ Total Security anti-malware software and a suite of other features like active vulnerability assessments, URL unlocking and intelligent network intrusion prevention.

“For over 20 years, Netgear has led the industry as the best in class WiFi provider and has been first to market in providing new technologies for both home and office networks.  Now, with the introduction of Netgear Armor, we are making the network smarter and safer for the new world of IoT and always connected devices,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for Netgear.  

“This move is critical for our customers whose homes now have many networked devices, including Smart Home and IOT devices – any one of which may pose a potential security risk. Following on our recent launch of Circle with Disney Parental Controls, Netgear Armor is the next in a line of services we are introducing to enhance our customer’s experience with their network.”

Netgea rArmor powered by Bitdefender arrive via a firmware upgrade to Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi router (R7000P). In early 2018, further firmware updates will see it come to Orbi and the rest of the company's curret current lineup of Nighthawk routers. After the promotional 90 days of free service there will be annual subscription cost. Netgear say this will be detailed at a later date.

For the full run-down on everything that happened at this year's CES in Las Vegas, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of CES 2018 was sponsored by Intel, Belkin and Alcatel - who collectively covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.

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