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Broadband customers purchasing Netgear's new 3G mobile broadband wireless router will be able to share their 3G connection with fellow users.

Owners of 3G-enabled laptops, or those with dongles, can allow others to use their connection while away from the home or office.

According to Netgear, the router has a good standard of energy efficiency, meaning it is useful for business trips or holidays when opportunities to charge the device may be scant.

Som Pal Choudhury, the senior product line manager for such devices, said that there has been a "dramatic increase in data, voice, gaming and multimedia content that is being downloaded, transferred, played, viewed and stored on home networks and shared across multiple PCs, networked devices and TVs throughout the home".

An auto detection feature means that owners of the 3G mobile broadband wireless router will be able to track any compatible machines within range.

There is also the option of four Ethernet ports for LAN connectivity.

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