Owners of Netgear routers can now literally tell their routers what to do after voice commands were introduced to some of Netgear’s home network products.
Amazon’s Alexa voice service platform has been added to the Nighthawk routers and the Orbi Tri-Band WiFi system, which was named as an honoree in CES’ Best of Innovation awards in November.
Users can ask Alexa to turn on or off a guest WiFi network or securely remind you of your own WiFi password via a card to Alexa app.
All users need is an Alexa voice service-enabled product, such as the Amazon Echo speaker or the Amazon Fire TV voice remote, and a supported Netgear product.
So far, ten Netgear products are supported. These include:
- Orbi™ Tri-Band Home WiFi System (Model: RBK50, RBK53)
- Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Model: R7000)
- Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO (Model: R7000P)
- Nighthawk AC2350 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO (Model: R7500v2)
- Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Gaming Router (Model: R7800)
- Nighthawk X4S AC2600 WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router (Model: D7800)
- Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (Model: R8000)
- Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band WiFi Router (Model: R8500 and R8300)
- Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band WiFi VDSL/ADSL Modem Router (Model: D8500)
- Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (Model: R9000)
“As adoption of intelligent personal digital assistants like Alexa become more widespread, voice commands for your home WiFi network is a natural next step to help you manage your home network,” he commented.
“We have considered some of the most relevant use cases, like enabling guest networks for voice command that can be used in a secure manner with your Netgear product.”
Just last week, Linksys introduced a virtually identical feature that meant its WRT and Max-Stream series could be controlled using Alexa too.
Written by Steve Wilkin for Comms Express