A new dual band high-performance router, with the added convenience of automatic data backup for both PCs and Macs, is now available from Netgear Africa.
According to Armand Steffens, manager of Netgear Africa, the backup capability of the Netgear Centria WNDR4720 router gives users peace of mind, knowing that critical data is always saved to a separate repository.
“Routers are ideal devices for providing data backup since they are always on and they’re the central point of connection for all computers connected to the office or home network,” he says. “If a PC or Mac goes down or is lost, the user can still access data from Centria using another computer.”
The Centria router, which uses an internal Serial ATA (SATA) drive and/or external USB drives to backup and store data, comes with Netgear ReadyShare Vault. This software facilitates wireless PC and Mac backup to the unit’s integrated hard drive or one or more connected USB hard drives. After the initial setup, the backup process is automatic each time a network connection is made.
“In addition, the Netgear ReadyShare Cloud program creates a secure private cloud so users can access files stored on Centria remotely via any Internet-enabled device, such as an Android-based smartphone, tablet, Apple iPhone or iPad,” adds Steffens.
Complementing the Netgear Centria WNDR4700 is the Centria WNDR4720 which is equipped with an upgradable, internal two-terabyte hard drive. Both models come with two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports to provide additional storage capacity with compatible USB 3.0 external hard drives. A SanDisk (SD) card reader allows ‘single-click’ backup of media to the internal hard drive.
Centria is also a high-performance 900 Mbps (450+450 Mbps) Wi-Fi router designed to deliver fast data streaming. Combined with simultaneous dual band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) technology, it provides extended WiFi range and coverage for larger offices or homes.
For smoother HD media streaming and gaming, the network can be prioritised by device or application using the Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities of Centria.