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NETGEAR(R) Smart Switch Earns Miercom 'Certified Green'
Jun 11, 2008 (08:06 AM EDT)


SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR, Inc. today announced its ProSafe(TM) 48-port Gigabit Smart Switch (GS748T) for small to medium-sized business networking was awarded "Certified Green" status by Miercom, a consultancy specializing in networking and communications-related product testing and analysis. NETGEAR's innovative and energy-efficient 24- and 48-port switches also earned the company a top-three ranking among numerous competitors in independent research firm In-Stat's recent study, "Green Networking Equipment: Who Leads and Who Lags."

Said Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR's vice president of product marketing, "We're very proud that recent tests by Miercom and analysis by In-Stat have recognized our 24- and 48-port Gigabit Smart Switches for their distinctive energy efficiencies. Products from several vendors were put under the looking glass, and to be acknowledged as a leader in this area says volumes about our parallel dedication to achieve industry-leading switch performance and value, as well as environmental responsibility. We design our SMB networking products with intelligent power-saving capabilities at the top of our priority list, and we are committed to continue leading in this important arena."

Recent testing by Miercom evaluated over a dozen switches for power consumption. NETGEAR's ProSafe 48-port Gigabit Smart Switch was one of the few switches that consumed 90 watts or less at full utilization of all ports. According to Miercom calculations, this lower consumption produces a reduction in heat dissipation, which in turn helps reduce data center cooling loads and associated energy costs. More information on Miercom's certification process can be found at http://www.miercom.com .

"We were pleased to find that the NETGEAR GS748T used even less energy than its specifications stated," said Miercom CEO Robert Smithers. "During our lab test of the device, we observed it drew only 75 watts at maximum capacity when the vendor rated the product at 90 watts. The low power use was one of the reasons we awarded the GS748T our new Green Certification. Its Web-based remote management alerting capability and virtualization features also contributed to its overall efficiency rating."

Additionally, NETGEAR earned a top-three ranking among thirteen competing networking vendors in a study published by In-Stat titled, "Green Networking Equipment: Who Leads and Who Lags" (#IN0804265LS), which addressed the energy efficiencies of Gigabit Ethernet, fixed and managed Layer 2 and 3 switches. While In-Stat concluded that fixed-configuration 24- and 48-port switches vary by more than 600% in terms of switching capacity and respective electrical power usage -- as noted by Network World Magazine -- NETGEAR's ProSafe 48-port Gigabit Smart Switch (GS748T) and 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch (GS724T) were among the select few products lauded for both high performance and power efficiency. More information on the report can be found at http://www.instat.com .

"We were happy to see NETGEAR fare so well in our recent energy efficiency comparison, as the company is an important player in the LAN switch market," stated Scott Scherer, research analyst at In-Stat. "We view green issues as the IT industry's biggest challenge, and companies like NETGEAR that have adopted environmentally responsible practices early have significant opportunities to develop competitive advantage in their respective markets."

NETGEAR's ProSafe 24- and 48-port Gigabit switches are part of NETGEAR's growing family of Smart Switches that include no-cost management and maximum bandwidth and density -- providing industry-leading overall value. With 24 or 48 10/100/1000 Mbps ports, each capable of powering 2000 Mbps of data throughput in full-duplex mode, plus four optional fiber ports, NETGEAR's switches provide a 96 Gbps backbone. Four hot-swappable Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) slots provide optional fiber connectivity for greater distance. Advanced features include performance monitoring, security, port configuration, VLAN for traffic control, port trunking for increased bandwidth, and Class of Service (CoS) for traffic prioritization. NETGEAR's switches are specifically designed to consume less power for the entire networking ecosystem, which is essential for SMBs looking to reduce the total cost of ownership.

More information on NETGEAR's commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility can be found at: http://netgear.com/About/Environmental.aspx .

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR http://www.netgear.com designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company's product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. As an ENERGY STAR(R) partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at or call (408) 907-8000.

(C)2008 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo and ProSafe are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors", pages 23 through 34, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 9, 2008. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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