SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // NETGEAR -

Net­gear has just re­leased the Orbi Voice at IFA 2018, an Alexa-en­abled smart speaker as part of a pack­age that it claims is the world’s first mesh net­work­ing WiFi Sys­tem, with built-in Ama­zon Alexa.

Orbi Voice fea­tures pre­mium au­dio built on the Qual­comm Mesh Net­work­ing plat­form, which Net­gear says can de­liver Wi-Fi cov­er­age up to 4500 feet (190 square me­tres).

Net­gear says Orbi Voice is the first in a line of prod­ucts that will con­tinue to “blur the line sep­a­rat­ing net­work­ing and cllient de­vice ecosys­tems. This is a truly in­no­va­tive leap and the start of a trend we ex­pect to ac­cel­er­ate in the 5G era, as the sym­met­ri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion of wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity be­comes so im­por­tant to de­liv­er­ing cog­ni­tive smart home ex­pe­ri­ences.”

“The con­ver­gence of mesh net­work­ing and ad­vanced voice fea­tures il­lus­trates what the fu­ture of smart homes should look like: an en­vi­ron­ment where the plat­form con­nect­ing your de­vices and man­ag­ing their per­for­mance also sup­ports voice com­mands. In this vi­sion, de­vices like set top boxes, TVs, ther­mostats, and smart speak­ers will play a cen­tral role as the hear­ing, sens­ing, and re­spond­ing de­vices of the cog­ni­tive home,” the com­pany said at the launch of the prod­uct at IFA 2018 in Ber­lin.

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