NETGEAR Wins LAPTOP Magazine's Best of CES 2008 With Best Product in the Wi-Fi/Home Networking Category

Jan 16, 2008 (08:01 AM EST)

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR, Inc. , a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced that the NETGEAR HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) has been selected as the best Wi-Fi/home networking device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by LAPTOP Magazine and received their Best of CES Award. The award recognized the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit as the most innovative and exciting Wi-Fi/home networking product at CES.

"You don't have to throw out your router to get blazing fast 802.11n speeds. NETGEAR's 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge can be added to any existing network, whether you want to stream high-def video or enjoy online gaming sans the annoying lag," wrote LAPTOP Magazine Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer in the Best of CES winners announcement. "When you pair two of the units together, you have the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit, enabling users to get their game on while simultaneously streaming high-def videos. Because the two pieces of this solution automatically discover each other, you get easy plug-and-play installation and a rock-solid connection between media devices in the living room and your PC or network storage device."

"We're excited that our new HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit was recognized by LAPTOP Magazine as the best Wi-Fi/home networking product at CES," stated Vivek Pathela, Vice President of Product Marketing at NETGEAR. "We have received an overwhelming response to the announcement of our new next-generation Wireless-N solutions at CES. NETGEAR's new family of Wireless-N solutions incorporates revolutionary and unique features and technology designed to provide best-of-class performance, reliability and ease-of-use. Our new Wireless-N dual-band and gigabit routers, HD/Gaming kit and USB adapter are the only wireless networking products in the market to incorporate the revolutionary metamaterial antenna technology which enables us to pack multiple internal antennas very close together and deliver superior range and speeds. In addition, each of our new wireless products utilizes NETGEAR's new "Push 'N' Connect" feature that provides one-touch network and security setup based upon Wi-Fi Protected Setup, making it easier than ever to add new devices to the network and deploy the highest level of security across the network."

The NETGEAR HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) can be used as a standalone bridge or can be added to any existing 802.11b/g wireless router to add high performance 5GHz Wireless-N access-point capability to enable HD video streaming or lag-free gaming over the Wi-Fi compliant 5GHz 802.11n draft 2.0. The WNHDEB111 can also act as a bridge to provide high- performance wireless connectivity between the home network and consumer media devices including game consoles, set-top boxes and media receivers such as the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD.

The WNHDEB111 uses the 5 GHz Wireless-N band enabling it to avoid interference and deliver more reliable, faster connections, while an internal array of six revolutionary metamaterial Smart Antennas maximizes performance and range. Automatic QoS ensures lag-free gaming, jitter-free streaming of high-definition video content, and crystal clear Internet telephony calls.

Easy to set up and use, the plug-and-play Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge automatically configures itself to access point or bridge mode, and utilizes the simple "Push 'N' Connect" function to establish secure, reliable communications using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).

The recognition of the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit as the LAPTOP Best of CES Award winner brings the number of awards earned by NETGEAR at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show to ten including:

-- LAPTOP Best of CES -- Wi-Fi/Home Networking Category -- HD Gaming 5 GHz Wireless N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) -- CES Best of Innovations -- Home Networking Category -- Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter (HDX111) -- Popular Mechanics Editor's Choice -- RangeMax(TM) Dual-Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300) -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- ReadyNAS(TM) Duo 2-Bay Gigabit Desktop Network Storage -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- ReadyNAS Pro Multi-Bay Gigabit Desktop Network Storage for Business -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- Space-Saving Powerline Network Extender Kit (XEPSB103) -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- Pre-DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Cable Voice Gateway (CBVG834) -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) -- CES Innovations Award Honoree -- Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter (HDX111) -- PC World 25 Most Innovative Products Award -- Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000)

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR 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(R), the NETGEAR Logo, RangeMax and ReadyNAS 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. Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput.

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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 27 through 38, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2007. 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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