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Netgear HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit review
Posted on 11-Dec-2008 14:08 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.

Netgear HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit review
Many of you have probably faced the same problem as we had here at home: how to extend our local area network to another room so that we can enjoy our media content on another PC, or just have a network connection for your gaming console.

We decided to extend a CAT5 cable from our home office to the louge, so that our Media Centre could connect to the Windows Home Server. But I didn't know at that time of the HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit.

In short you get two wireless networked devices in the box, ready to use. Each has two ethernet ports - plug one to your router or switch, and plug the second one to your gaming console or Media Centre PC in the lounge. Turn the units on, press the button in the front of each unit and you have now established a high speed wireless connection between those two rooms.

You can of course extend your network by plugging a switch instead of your PC and just have your network extended even more.

It can't be simpler than this really. You don't have to decide if you need Bridge more or AP mode. The bxes will decide for you. And if you really mess its configuration (hard, but possible), an easy to access reset button in the back will help.

The HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit was designed for high-performance wireless network gaming and multiple HD video streaming. It uses 5 GHz Wireless-N band, which ensures more channels available and less interference - and you already have a wireless PC compatibe with 802.11n draft specification or 802.11a then you can connect to the network wirelessly too.

According to the documentation it automatically provides Quality of Service (QoS) control for Internet access, Voice over IP applications, video and gaming applications.

In terms of performance I can't fault it. I was really able to stream DVD contents from my Windows Home Server to the Media Centre PC with no problems - where 802.11g failed previously.

The boxes measure 225.5 x 172 x 39 mm (8.9 x 6.8 x 1.5 in) each and weigh just 0.56 kg (1.2 lb).

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