While router manufacturers (we're not going to name any names here) seem to still have quite a bit of trouble ensuring one out of five of their products aren't complete duds, the inevitable march of "progress" continues. Netgear
's latest foray into 802.11n draft spec RangeMax
Wireless-N products packs "metamaterial" technology into its MIMO antennas, which Netgear claims gives its new lineup the best range and throughput in the industry. Naturally, the WNDR3300 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router is the most direct application of this tech. The router has an array of eight metamaterial antennas, plus 5GHz 802.11n for avoiding interference with the myriad of products hanging out in the 2.4GHz spectrum. Next up we have the RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router WNR3500, which packs five gigabit Ethernet plugs, the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter WNDA3100, for bringing these fancy metamaterial speeds to your laptop or desktop. Finally, Netgear is launching its Wireless-N MoCA Router WNMR834, which provides high-speed home networking over existing coaxial cables, in addition to 802.11n. The WNDR3300 will run you $130, the WNR3500 is $160 and the WNDA3100 goes for $99, all should be available soon.