Thursday, October 8, 2009

Netgear offers an open source router that is an applications platform

Netgear launched a new open source router called the RangeMax Wireless-N, a Linux-based unit with both Gigabit Ethernet ports and ReadyShare USB storage access.

The company is supporting the downloading of firmware and community development around the router at a site called

The idea is that with storage and processing at the router, applications can live in the air independent of the PC.

The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB is also designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance open source Linux® platform supporting a wide variety of applications created by multiple development partners and the dedicated open source community. Some of these partners include BigFoot Networks for boosting network speeds for online gaming, Leaf Networks for easy remote access, Paragon Software for high-speed USB file reads and writes, and Sputnik for hotspot solutions.

The debut of an open source RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router is significant as it is the first full-featured Wireless-N Linux router to combine wide ranging capabilities, features, infrastructure and a community to enable application development.Feedback and ideas from the open source community have been key in developing their powerful platform.

Netgear also announced their Development Partner Program, with multiple software vendors and developers creating customized, robust, commercial-grade applications on the WNR3500L
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