Netgear pitches connected homes for the rest of us

The home networking company wants 50 million to 100 million homes to have the technology in 10 to 15 years

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless, CES, Netgear

At CES, the company is also showcasing its latest Push2TV product, called the PTV3000. With that unit, Netgear is jumping on the bandwagon for Miracast, a video streaming specification based on Wi-Fi Direct. The technology is already included in many high-end smartphones, including the Google Nexus 4, LG Optimus G, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Sony Xperia T and TL. Other home electronics vendors are also adopting it, including Panasonic, which introduced two Miracast video streaming devices on Monday.

The PTV3000 connects to a TV via USB and can talk to a smartphone, tablet or PC via either MiraCast or Intel WiDi, the technology used in earlier Push2TV units.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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