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Netgear's CES showcase: powerline / MoCA gear, Internet TV player

Netgear's CES showcase: powerline / MoCA gear, Internet TV player
Darren Murph
Darren Murph|January 7, 2009 12:00 PM

Netgear isn't kidding around here at CES, and if you thought three new routers was the extent of it, you're sorely mistaken. The company is also debuting its new Internet TV Player (ITV2000; pictured), which is essentially an internet set-top-box that brings online media to the TV with all sorts of elegance. It'll be able to stream content from CNN, ESPN, NBA, TMZ, YouTube, Google, Yahoo and MetaCafe, though we're going to need a little Hulu mixed in before we take it seriously. We're also being reintroduced to the Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150) box, and in slightly less interesting news, we've got the XAV1004 Powerline AV adapter with 4-port Ethernet Switch holding it down within you walls. Lastly, we've got the MCAB1001 MoCA coax-Ethernet adapter kit and the WNMR834 Wireless-N MoCA router, both of which enable users to rely on their existing in-home cabling to distribute signals over Ethernet. All the gory details (minus price and availability, naturally) are just past the break.

Alternative Technologies for In-Home Access and Networking Connectivity

Recognizing that customers have a variety of unique networking needs, NETGEAR is continuing its
tradition of developing products that utilize existing wires in order to deliver fast, reliable network
connections to support bandwidth-intensive applications around the home. More information can be
found at (http://www.netgear.com/Products/PowerlineNetworking.aspx?for=Home+Networking).

Visitors to the NETGEAR booth at CES will see the brand-new 2009 CES Innovations Award winner, the
NETGEAR Powerline AV Adapter with 4-Port Ethernet Switch (XAV1004). It's a HomePlug® AV-
compatible device featuring up to 200 Mbps performance through powerline and an integrated 4-Port Fast
Ethernet (10/100) switch. This "no new wires" technology enables customers to carry high-speed data
network traffic on their existing electrical wiring – using affordable, simple to install adapters. It is
designed for use with high-performance applications like HD video streaming, networked attached
storage and console gaming. Advanced energy management capabilities provide wake-on-activity
functionality to reduce overall energy usage. Because it's based on the HomePlug AV standard, the
NETGEAR Powerline AV Adapter with 4-Port Ethernet Switch or Powerline AV Adapter Kit with 4-Port
Ethernet Switch (XAVB1004) can easily and affordably be added to any existing HomePlug AV network.

Also on display is the NETGEAR MoCA® Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit (MCAB1001), designed for high-
definition video streaming and online gaming applications. The MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit
enables consumers to use their existing in-home cable TV outlets to distribute HD digital video and
multimedia content, and to connect HDTV, Blu-ray™ players, DVRs, or game consoles to a high-speed
home network and Internet. For use with both wired and wireless routers and gateways, it's compatible
with major cable TV services and homes wired for cable, and is easy to install by simply plugging each
adapter into existing coax cable outlets. Delivering up to 270 Mbps transfer speed, it's ideal for
connecting XBox 360®, PlayStation® 3, Blu-ray players, Apple TV®, VUDU™ boxes, TiVo®, Slingbox™,
DVR, NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage, desktops or notebook PCs. Quality of Service (QoS) supports
uninterrupted HD video, gaming and high-speed networking. The NETGEAR MoCA Coax-Ethernet
Adapter Kit is interoperable with MoCA 1.0 and 1.1 products certified by the Multimedia over Coax
Alliance (MoCA), including the NETGEAR Wireless-N MoCA Router (WNMR834).

Internet-Connected Set-Top Boxes

CES offers NETGEAR the stage to debut exciting new entertainment products designed to enable
consumers to enjoy the world of Internet video, live Internet TV, music, photos, HD media collections
and other media content on the TV set in their living rooms. (See press release, "NETGEAR Unveils Two
New Internet-Connected Set-Top Products to Enrich TV Entertainment for Internet Families and Serious
Media Enthusiasts.") More information on can be found at:

NETGEAR's new Internet TV Player (ITV2000) unlocks the value of new HDTVs as well as old analog
TVs. It's a compact, easy-to-use, "plug in and go" Internet set-top device with simple remote control that
enables viewers to catch up on the world of Internet video from a place it was previously unavailable -
the TV in their living rooms. It streams content from popular sites such as CNN.com, ESPN.com,
NBC.com, PGATour and TMZ.com, as well as video powerhouses YouTube™, Google Video™, Yahoo
Videos™ and MetaCafe™. NETGEAR's Internet TV Player supports streaming of live TV broadcasts from
Internet sites around the world, and premium paid movies on demand such as CinemaNow.com, in
addition to downloaded video from sites such as BitTorrent®. Its superior VTap™ video search capabilities
enable the intelligent search of Internet videos, including targeting video sites by country, topic of
interest, person or popular website. Consumers are also able to play video, music and photos from a local
USB flash drive as well as from the award-winning NETGEAR ReadyNAS® family of storage solutions.
The Internet TV Player connects to the home network and the Internet via Ethernet or wireless USB
adapter, and does not require a PC to configure or use the product.

An ideal solution for serious media enthusiasts, NETGEAR's Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150) is the
most powerful and flexible digital media player available, incorporating the latest video, audio and
802.11n wireless technologies to deliver an unparalleled living room experience. Its integrated 500GB
hard drive, easily user-upgradeable to large capacity disks, makes it the world's most powerful home
video jukebox on the market. Consumers can play on their TVs Blu-Ray quality digital video (up to
1080p), high-resolution digital photos, MP3s and recorded television shows from their PCs or storage on

their network. They can also enjoy Internet content, such as YouTube, Internet radio, Flickr™, RSS feeds
and videos from popular websites. The Digital Entertainer Elite automatically finds all digital media files
on the home network and organizes them into an easily accessible library, while the two USB ports also
enable instant access to content on a USB flash drive, digital camera, iPod® or other USB storage device.
The Digital Entertainer Elite is exceptional in that it works simultaneously with Windows®, Mac® and
Linux computers, and Networked Attached Storage (NAS) devices, such as NETGEAR's award-winning
family of ReadyNAS storage solutions. It supports an unmatched list of file formats.