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Netgear Genie

The new firmware can work with an external setup and monitoring tool called Netgear Genie which is available for Windows and Mac OS as well as for mobile gadgets with Android and iOS. Netgear Genie can help you change some router settings and identify peripherals connected to it. This utility is undoubtedly easier to use than the web interface.

However, its current version lacks in functionality as it doesn’t allow to manage the 5GHz Wi-Fi band. On the other hand, it can establish an AirPrint-compatible printer out of the ones connected to your PC, so you can print from iOS devices. Unfortunately, this cannot be done on the router only.

 

Netgear Genie is handier when it comes to mobile gadgets because working with the router’s web-interface on a smartphone isn’t easy. It can help you quickly enable a guest Wi-Fi network and set up parental control. The utility also offers server, player and DLNA controller functionality, so you can view files from an external disk connected to the router on your mobile device and enable some other scenarios. For example, you can use your smartphone to control the playback of files on a compatible player on the network. In some ways, Netgear Genie implements the same features as Apple’s AirPlay. It can work in heterogeneous environments with mobile devices that run different operating systems.

 
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