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NETGEAR Family of New Energy-Efficient Wireless-N Routers, Modem Routers and Kits Makes It Even Easier to Upgrade Wireless Networks and Computers to High Performance Wireless-N

Sep 29, 2008 (08:09 AM EDT)
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc. , a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today launched its new family of Wireless-N networking solutions to make it even simpler for consumers to upgrade their home networks to enjoy the performance, security and range provided by Wireless-N technology. The new NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-in DSL Modem (DGN2000) deliver the performance necessary to support the simultaneous use of bandwidth-intensive applications including Internet surfing, Internet telephony, online gaming, and high-definition video streaming, along with Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure the right prioritization of simultaneous traffic.

The Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) include NETGEAR's Smart Wizard(TM) installation CD for quick and easy installation. Once the routers are installed, NETGEAR's Push 'N' Connect with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) eliminates the need to remember network security passwords by enabling users to securely connect computers to the router with the simple press of a button. Both the Wireless-N Router and Wireless-N Modem Router incorporate eco-friendly "NETGEAR Green" features including packaging manufactured using at least 80 percent recycled materials, Energy Star(R)-qualified power supplies, and an on/off switch to help save energy when the network is not in use. A conveniently accessible on/off switch on the Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) enables users to turn off just the wireless mode as well.

"The growing number of home-based productivity and entertainment applications running over the home network infrastructure is now exceeding the capabilities of older Wireless-G (802.11g-based) routers and modem routers," stated Som Pal Choudhury, NETGEAR's senior product line manager for advanced wireless products. "The enhanced wireless speeds and greater coverage provided by Wireless-N technology enables the simultaneous use of applications such as voice-over-IP, video and multimedia streaming, console gaming, and Web surfing. The launch of these new Wireless-N networking solutions makes it easier and more affordable for consumers to replace their existing routers or modem routers and upgrade their WiFi networks to support these more bandwidth-intensive applications. The new product family is feature-rich in terms of performance capabilities and ease of use as well as energy-efficiency."

In addition to the Wireless-N Router and Wireless-N Modem Router, which enable users to affordably upgrade their networks to simultaneously support both new Wireless-N devices and legacy Wireless-G devices, NETGEAR also announced the availability of networking kits that package a Wireless-N USB Adapter with each of the new routers. The Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) enable users to upgrade their computers at the same time as their home networks to support the high performance and long ranges provided by Wireless-N technology.

The Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) incorporates an ADSL2+ modem enabling users to upgrade existing DSL equipment and eliminate the need for an external modem. In the U.S., it is fully compatible with Verizon, AT&T, Qwest(R), EarthLink(R), and other DSL Internet service providers. With multiple SSID support in the Wireless-N Modem Router, creating a unique SSID and security for guest access is now possible without needing to share the user's own security code.

Mr. Choudhury continued, "These new products boast many of the features, performance, ease of use and 'green' attributes comparable to the highest-end routers and gateways, while still being very affordable. Our Wireless-N Router and Modem Router are not only fully backward-compatible with legacy 802.11b/g devices, but the USB adapter included in the networking kits also enables users to upgrade their existing computer to enjoy the performance of Wireless-N at a fraction of the cost of buying a new notebook with Wireless-N."

About the NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000)

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000) deliver the highest wireless performance and longest ranges to support today's Wireless-N notebooks and adapters while providing simultaneous support for legacy 802.11g devices. The Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem incorporates an ADSL2+ modem enabling users to easily and seamlessly upgrade existing equipment provided by DSL Internet service providers. The WNR2000 and DGN2000 both incorporate efficient Energy Star-qualified power supplies and feature an on/off switch to save energy when the network is not in use.

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000) enable users to quickly and easily establish a secure network with a robust security feature set that includes: double firewall (NAT and SPI), Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack protection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS), WiFi Protected Access(TM) (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK), Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wireless Access Control to identify authorized wireless network devices, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM) (WPS) for push-button connection of network devices.

The Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000) are backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support. Both are available worldwide via leading retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at retail prices in the U.S. of $89 and $119, respectively.

About the Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100)

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) package the RangeMax(TM) Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (WN111) with the NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000). The two Kits enable users to upgrade their home networks and a computer to enjoy the high wireless speeds and extended ranges delivered by Wireless-N technology. Designed to deliver superior performance and range, the Kits incorporate the NETGEAR Push 'N' Connect button to easily establish a secure connection between the USB adapter and the router with the simple push of a button.

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) are backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support. The Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) is available in Europe and Asia, while the Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) is available worldwide via leading retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a retail price in the U.S. of $129.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) 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 San Jose, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.

(C) 2008 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR Logo, RangeMax and Smart Wizard 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.

Note: Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. 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 rate.

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 28 through 39, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 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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