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Netgear Intros Backup Server, Router Combo

Netgear has launched the Centria, an all-in-one backup/media server and dual-band high-performance Wi-Fi router. It includes Netgear's ReadyShare Vault for backing up Windows-based PCs, and support for Apple's Time Machine for Mac.

Netgear's Centria is available in two flavors: the WNDR4700 which allows users to insert their own HDD into the internal storage bay, and the WNDR4720 which comes with a pre-installed 2 TB HDD. Both Centria models offer two USB 3.0 ports for adding additional USB 3.0-based external drives, and an SD card reader featuring simple, single-click backup of media to the internal hard drive.

Netgear said its ReadyShare Cloud makes sharing media across the network safe and easy, viewable locally or by remote from an office or hotel room. Even more, Netgear's MyMedia app turns any Android or iOS device into a remote control so that users can stream media to a DLNA-enabled HDTV.

On a hardware level, the router offers both the 2.4 GHz (802.11 b/g/n) and 5 GHz (802.11 a/n) bands at 450 Mbps each (900 Mbps combined), theoretically delivering fast, smooth streaming and gaming. For even smoother HD media streaming and gaming, the home network can be prioritized by device or application using the router's Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities. There's also four Gigabit Ethernet ports if you want to take the wired route.

According to the specs, security features include WiFi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2-PSK), double firewall protection (SPI and NAT), and denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention. Other features include parental controls, guest network access, AirPrint for printing on any USB printer from an iPad or iPhone, a broadband usage meter and more.

"With increasing reliance on their computers to store important data and irreplaceable family photos and videos, it is imperative for consumers to backup their PCs and Macs so that if their computer crashes or is lost, then their important files will still be safe and accessible on Centria," said Sandeep Harpalani, senior product line manager for wireless networking, Netgear. "After the fast initial setup, Centria will automatically backup PCs and Macs every time they connect to the home network. This makes data backup a simple set-and-forget operation and simplifies digital life for consumers."

Netgear Centria WNDR4700 and WNDR4720 are available immediately from major worldwide retailers in stores and online for $229.99 and $349.99 USD respectively.

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  • freggo
    Interesting. Hope THG will do some testing/reviews of this and similar router options.

    Not that I care, but apparently iPhones/iPads can not take advantage of the DLNA feature as Apple is not a member?

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  • jcurry23
    well yeah apple doesn't allow that kind of stuff. they only want you to connect to other apple devices.
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  • del35
    well yeah apple doesn't allow that kind of stuff. they only want you to connect to other apple devices.
    It is called the iCrap swindle.
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  • sundragon
    del35well yeah apple doesn't allow that kind of stuff. they only want you to connect to other apple devices.It is called the iCrap swindle.
    LOL!

    2008 1TB Time Capsule still running, backing up my MB Air, and PC... Did a clean and restore 3 months ago, no hitch. Apple FTW

    xoxo The iSheep :)

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  • tntom
    Review please?
    All this and no 802.11ac!! for a $300 price I want some future proofing.
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  • freggo
    sundragonLOL!2008 1TB Time Capsule still running, backing up my MB Air, and PC... Did a clean and restore 3 months ago, no hitch. Apple FTWxoxo The iSheep
    So what?
    You don't seem to get it; most Apple 'haters' do not hate the Apple products. They may be a bit behind the curve but make up for it in slick designs; also iPhones are a bit to brick like for my taste.

    The problem with Apple is the corporate attitude, the way they fudge over their customers, the everything is custom hardware when a standard cable would do; and of course abusing the legal system to get rid of the competition.
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  • sundragon
    freggoSo what?You don't seem to get it; most Apple 'haters' do not hate the Apple products. They may be a bit behind the curve but make up for it in slick designs; also iPhones are a bit to brick like for my taste.The problem with Apple is the corporate attitude, the way they fudge over their customers, the everything is custom hardware when a standard cable would do; and of course abusing the legal system to get rid of the competition.
    Hating Apple has nothing to do with this article or product (Save that it's competing with the TC).

    "So what?" is that the first three comments have nothing to do with the product and bash Apple, instead of asking about a review (which I thumbed up)...

    I just posted that what you call crap is working for the last (nearly 5 years) with both my PC and my Mac...

    So what really you're trying to tell me is that you don't want anyone to speak their mind if they disagree with you.

    It's kinda ridiculous

    xoxo The iSheep :)
    From my Nexus 7
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  • sigvardg
    Lol it's funny how every discussion turns into an Apple fiasco every when it's Android related! I'm gonna stick to the topic and recommend an alternative; I personally use an App called G Cloud Android on my Samsung G S3 and have all my pics/vids/ contacts and Sms along other stuff I dnt knw the exact details but it has saved my life more than once so yup that would be my recommendation for all you Android users or Apple switchers ;) Cheers
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  • GreaseMonkey_62
    It looks like a cool product. I would be more interested if it had a way to use mutiple drives in a RAID setup. The article says you can add external HD's, but I doubt you could use it in a RAID 1 or 5 setup.
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  • GreaseMonkey_62
    9407184 said:
    Lol it's funny how every discussion turns into an Apple fiasco every when it's Android related! I'm gonna stick to the topic and recommend an alternative; I personally use an App called G Cloud Android on my Samsung G S3 and have all my pics/vids/ contacts and Sms along other stuff I dnt knw the exact details but it has saved my life more than once so yup that would be my recommendation for all you Android users or Apple switchers ;) Cheers
    I use Dropbox, I did a bunch of "referrals" and got over 20 gigs free. It automatically backs up pictures and video from my phone.
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