Merchants use new Facebook Wi-Fi login on premium NETGEAR 802.11ac
wireless routers to give free Internet access to customers who check
into a business Facebook Page
The new, blazing-fast Nighthawk™ AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (R7000)
supports approximate combined Gigabit WiFi speeds up to 1900 Mbps*
(600 Mbps @2.4GHz with 256 QAM support + 1300 Mbps @5Ghz 802.11ac);
MSRP $199.99; firmware with Facebook Wi-Fi available in Q1.
The R6300 Smart WiFi Router supports approximate combined
Gigabit WiFi speeds up to 1750 Mbps* (450 Mbps @ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n +
1300 Mbps @ 5 Ghz 802.11ac); MSRP $179.99; firmware with Facebook
Wi-Fi available now for the R6300v2.
The R6250 Smart WiFi Router supports approximate combined
Gigabit WiFi speeds up to 1600 Mbps* Mbps (300 Mbps @ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n
+ 1300 Mbps @ 5 Ghz 802.11ac); MSRP $149.99; firmware with Facebook
Wi-Fi available in Q1.
The R6200 WiFi Router supports approximate combined WiFi speeds
up to 1200 Mbps* (300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz 802.11n + 867 Mbps @ 5 GHz
802.11ac); MSRP $149.99; firmware with Facebook Wi-Fi available in Q1
for the R6200v2.
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM:NTGR) (www.netgear.com),
a global networking company that delivers innovative products to
consumers, businesses and service providers, is teaming with Facebook®
to provide Facebook Wi-Fi to small businesses. Facebook Wi-Fi (www.netgear.com/facebookwifi)
is an application that enables merchants to provide free Internet access
to their customers when they “check in” at the business’ Facebook Page.
NETGEAR is making the Facebook Wi-Fi login available on its premium line
of next-generation wireless routers supporting dual-band 802.11ac
wireless, the world’s fastest WiFi.
Small business owners can turn their NETGEAR 802.11ac router into a
wireless hotspot where customers and other visitors are automatically
requested to check into the business’ Facebook Page before surfing the
web. From here they have the option to “like” the Facebook Page, and
engage with content the business has posted. This capability enables
merchants to build closer relationships with customers by sharing offers
and announcements directly from their Facebook page. Businesses also
benefit from aggregate Facebook Page Insights about their customer base.
“Cafes, book stores, barber shops and other small businesses have been
providing WiFi to their clientele for several years,” said David Henry,
vice president of product management for NETGEAR Retail Business. “We’re
adding the Facebook Wi-Fi login to our newest line of premium dual-band
802.11ac routers to encourage merchants to take better advantage of this
benefit they’re already offering. They develop a stronger bond with
customers and extend brand visibility with each check-in that appears in
Facebook News Feed.”
It's easy for a business to configure the NETGEAR 802.11ac router for
Facebook Wi-Fi. Upon first connecting to the router’s wireless signal,
customers, guests and visitors will land directly on the company’s
Facebook Page, where they will be asked to check in and have the option
to like the Page before they begin using the Internet. No special codes
are needed, and the customer has the option to automatically check in
for free WiFi on return visits. This means businesses can continue to
reach their customers with future posts, announcements, coupons and
other news. Businesses can also share special promotions on their
Facebook Page so the offers are the first things customers see when they
“We’re very happy with our NETGEAR router as it was amazingly easy to
set up, and since it offers 802.11ac wireless, it’s powerful enough to
support our customers’ demands for Gigabit WiFi speeds for faster
downloads,” said Jean Paul Coupal, co-founder at Coupa Cafe in Palo Alto
“Having the Facebook Wi-Fi login capability is really the icing on the
cake. Since we began using Facebook Wi-Fi, we’ve seen a dramatic
increase in the number of check-ins to our Facebook Page, and are seeing
much more online engagement with our customers.”
If customers wish to skip Facebook Wi-Fi check-in, the business owner
still has the option to “gate” the Internet connection with a
business-provided code, or even to offer free WiFi without a passcode.
NETGEAR will roll out Facebook Wi-Fi capability on four of its
next-generation dual-band 802.11ac wireless routers over the coming
months. NETGEAR routers are sold through major retailers and online.
Below is the expected availability schedule for small businesses to
download the free firmware update from the NETGEAR support site at http://support.netgear.com.
The new 802.11ac wireless standard is the world’s fastest WiFi,
providing Gigabit WiFi speeds so you can download web content faster and
synchronize large video or music files more quickly. The increased speed
of 802.11ac technology is ideal for mobile devices such as smartphones
and tablets by providing up to three times the performance for a similar
amount of battery consumption of devices using the current 802.11n WiFi
standard. Dual-band mobile devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S®4,
HTC One®, and Apple® devices such as MacBook Air®, iPad®, and iPhone®
deliver outstanding performance with NETGEAR 802.11ac routers. Moreover,
the industry-leading NETGEAR family of next-generation dual-band
802.11ac wireless products is compatible with legacy 802.11a/b/g/n
standards to provide optimum performance and compatibility with all WiFi
For more information on Facebook Wi-Fi, visit www.netgear.com/facebookwifi
or Facebook at www.facebook.com/help/126760650808045.
Learn more about NETGEAR 802.11ac routers and other 802.11ac products at www.netgear.com/fastestwifi.
NETGEAR is demonstrating its dual-band 802.11ac wireless routers this
week at the 2014 International CES® trade show in Las Vegas, where the
company is introducing new products to press, customers and channel
partners. See all CES-related news from NETGEAR at www.netgear.com/ces.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM:NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers
innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For
consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to
use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect
people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses,
NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the
cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service
providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their
customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven
technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on
reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately
45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately
39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San
Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is
an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com
or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR
©2014 NETGEAR, Inc.NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo and Nighthawk are
trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United
States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.
Facebook ® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11
specifications. AC1900 equals 600 Mbps @2.4GHz with 256 QAM support +
1300 Mbps @5Ghz 802.11ac. 1300 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than
802.11n 450 Mbps. 2.4GHz Performance Mode requires 256 QAM support on
WiFi client. Up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds achievable when connecting
to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices. Actual data throughput and wireless
coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors,
including volume of network traffic, building materials and
construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate
and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied
representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with
any future standards.
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