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NETGEAR(R) Expands Portfolio of Business-Class Networking Solutions for Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses with Announcement of Wireless Controller, Network-Attached Storage Solutions, Gigabit Smart Swit

NETGEAR Launches Industry-First Wireless Switch Designed for Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses; Introduces Business-Class NAS Storage Solutions; Expands Industry-Leading Family of Smart Switches with Ad... (May 21, 2007)

LAS VEGAS, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today brought business-class WLAN mobility, reliable and scalable storage, value-packed Gigabit switching and Internet telephony solutions to small- and mid-sized businesses with the launch of four new wireless and wired network infrastructure products and a VoIP partnership announcement at Interop Las Vegas 2007. In addition to showing its comprehensive family of complete ProSafe(R) networking, security and storage solutions for the SMB market, NETGEAR will be debuting its new ProSafe Smart Wireless Switch (WFS709TP), its ReadyNAS(TM) family of desktop and rackmounted network storage solutions, a new powerful, affordable Eight-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch (GS108T), and the robustly featured 24- and 48-port 10/100/1000 Smart PoE Switches (GS724TP and GS748TP) in booth #1175 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

"NETGEAR is particularly excited about this year's Interop show as it caps off an exciting first half of 2007 in which we launched a number of innovative products and announced an acquisition to give us a broad, well-rounded portfolio of comprehensive networking solutions specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of the SMB market," stated Patrick Lo, chairman and chief executive officer of NETGEAR. "NETGEAR's legacy is rooted in delivering value-packed business-class solutions to small- and mid-sized companies and we're continuing that focus at the show with the launch of the industry's first wireless network controller designed specifically for the SMB. We are also excited to show our new award-winning storage products that address a key and growing need for small and medium businesses. In addition, we're expanding our industry-leading family of Smart Switches with the addition of two PoE-capable Gigabit Smart Switches which enable businesses to affordably upgrade the performance of the network infrastructure and support the deployment of cutting-edge PoE devices. The combination of our comprehensive feature-rich ProSafe product line with our new lifetime hardware warranty for ProSafe products has established NETGEAR as the go-to networking vendor for the SMB market."

Enterprise-Class Wireless Mobility for the SMB

The NETGEAR ProSafe Smart Wireless Switch (WFS709TP) is a wireless controller that enables small- and mid-sized businesses to deploy an enterprise-class centralized wireless LAN architecture to control and manage up to 48 wireless access points throughout the workplace.

The WFS709TP, which can support up to 16 wireless access points and 256 users per switch, provides end users with seamless connectivity throughout the office enabling them to roam across multiple access points without the need to re-associate and re-authenticate with access points as they move from location to location.

Easy to configure, use and manage, the WFS709TP integrates powerful RF management and planning capabilities enabling network administrators to input building and workspace parameters to compute the RF characteristics of the building and plot the optimal location of access points. The feature-rich WFS709TP is capable of automatically self-configuring radio parameters including transmit power level, channel, load balancing, and interference avoidance.

The WFS709TP, which incorporates enterprise-class security features including RADIUS and AAA Server support to enable companies to unify wired and wireless networks, is the central component of the ProSafe Smart Wireless Solution which also includes the NETGEAR ProSafe "Light" Wireless Access Points consisting of NETGEAR ProSafe 802.11g Light Wireless Access Point (WGL102) and the NETGEAR ProSafe Dual Band Light Wireless Access Point (WAGL102). To protect the existing WLAN infrastructure, the WFS709TP can also manage existing NETGEAR WG102 and WAG102 wireless access points via a one-time firmware update.

The NETGEAR ProSafe Smart Wireless Switch (WFS709TP) is backed by a lifetime hardware warranty for the original purchaser and 24/7 technical support. The WFS709TP will be available in Q3 2007 via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a list price of $2,900 USD.

Network Attached Storage Designed for the SMB and "Prosumers"

NETGEAR ReadyNAS(TM) is a smart network attached storage server that combines robust file serving, support for access by multiple operating systems, and data redundancy with out-of-box ease of deployment and web-based management.

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ 4-Bay Gigabit Desktop Network Storage and ReadyNAS 1100 4-Bay Dual-Gigabit Rackmount Network Storage are packed with high-end storage server features including hardware accelerated RAID 0, 1, 5, and X-RAID(TM), ensuring full data redundancy with protection against hardware failure, hot-swappable hard disks, built-in backup manager, system monitoring and automatic alerting capabilities. In addition, the ReadyNAS products support Gigabit Ethernet networking, UPnP AV multimedia access, HTTP/S remote access, FTP/S transfers, SSL and ACL security, and multiple USB ports.

Each of the ReadyNAS products, which supports up to four SATA drives, provides users with up to three terabytes (3000 GB) of raw storage, making them ideal solutions for the growing data storage needs of today's small- and mid-sized businesses. NETGEAR's ReadyNAS products incorporate patent-pending X-RAID(TM) technology that automates the volume expansion and maintains data redundancy for the user as additional hard drives are added to the ReadyNAS system, enabling users to add additional hard disks over time without having to reconfigure the system or shuffle data.

NETGEAR's family of ReadyNAS products includes three ReadyNAS NV+ Gigabit Desktop Network Storage versions pre-configured with hard drives to provide 1TB or 2TB of storage capacity (RND4425, RND4450, RND4250) and two ReadyNAS 1100 Dual Gigabit Rackmount Network Storage version pre-configured to provide storage capacities of 2TB and 3TB (RNR4450, RNR4475).

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ and ReadyNAS 1100 products are immediately available via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers.

Gigabit Smart Switches Enable PoE Deployment, Maximize Network Performance

NETGEAR's ProSafe Gigabit Smart Switches fill the gap between unmanaged and fully managed switches, giving growing businesses management capabilities without the cost and complexity of a fully-managed solution. The ProSafe 24- and 48-port Gigabit Smart Switches with PoE on all ports provide data connectivity at gigabit speeds as well as supporting IEEE 802.3af PoE devices, such as access points, VoIP phones and IP-based surveillance cameras.

The GS724TP, which incorporate 24 10/100/1000 ports and two SFP slots for optional fiber connectivity, and GS748TP, which has 48 10/100/1000 ports and four SFP slots, are easily managed through an intuitive web-based management tool for quick and easy deployment, configuration and management.

The high-performing switches, which feature a non-blocking wire-speed architecture with up to 96 Gbps switching capacity for maximum data throughput, integrate an advanced feature set including: 802.1p and DSCP-based prioritization, access control lists (ACLs), rate limiting, DSCP/TOS-based prioritization, IGMP snooping, SNMP v1, v2, v3, and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol.

The NETGEAR ProSafe 24- and 48-Port 10/100/1000 Smart PoE Switches (GS724TP and GS748TP) are currently available via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers at list prices of $1,000 and $2,000, respectively, and are backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support.

Eight-Port Gigabit Smart Switch Brings Performance, Value to Small Businesses

High on value and performance, the NETGEAR ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch (GS108T) brings the power and convenience of NETGEAR's industry-leading family of Smart Switches to small offices or extensions.

Featuring eight 10/100/1000 Mbps ports, each capable of powering 2000 Mbps of data throughput in full-duplex mode, the GS108T offers simple Smart Switch management through an intuitive web-browser interface that enables users to easily configure ports, set up port trunks, VLANs and traffic prioritization, or monitor switch performance.

The small, but powerful, GS108T incorporates a host of advanced features including ACLs, 802.1x port authentication, enhanced QoS, rate limiting and IGMP snooping to provide small- and mid-sized businesses with a scalable, reliable network that geared for growth.

The NETGEAR ProSafe 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch (GS108T) is currently available via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers at a list price of $190 and is backed by a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support.

Business-Class IP Telephony

NETGEAR today announced plans to team with Avaya, a leading global provider of business communications applications, systems and services, to define and deliver an IP telephony solution for small businesses with 20 users or less.

Enabling even the smallest businesses to take advantage of the cost savings and business-class functionality provided by Internet telephony technology, NETGEAR and Avaya plan to market a complete solution comprised of phones, gateways, routers, and switches -- all packaged in an affordable bundle that is easy to setup and manage. The new Avaya-NETGEAR small business IP telephony solution is designed for easy deployment by value-added data resellers. Design templates and application notes will make it simple to configure and install without any specialized training.

NETGEAR is the newest Platinum-level member of the Avaya DeveloperConnection program, an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company's investment in its network.

New Firmware Update for NETGEAR ProSafe SSL VPN Concentrator (SSL312)

ProSafe(R) SSL VPN Concentrator 25 (SSL312), an easy-to-use and reliable SSL VPN Solution that delivers clientless, secure remote access to network resources for small- and mid-sized businesses under 100 users.

Supporting up to 25 concurrent sessions, the ProSafe SSL VPN Concentrator 25 (SSL312) enables businesses to boost the productivity of remote employees by providing secure anytime, anywhere access to the corporate network using any standard Web browser. By eliminating the need to install special client software on the remote computer, mobile workers can securely access the corporate network easily and affordably using any PC and standard Web browser from anywhere with Internet access.

The new firmware for the ProSafe SSL VPN Concentrator, which will be released on May 25, 2007, will provide support for clients running on Microsoft Windows Vista, Mozilla FireFox and Intel based Macintosh Personal Computers.

The update will be available to all existing customers at

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products 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. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company's Web site at or call (408) 907-8000.

(C) 2007 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR(R), the NETGEAR Logo, ProSafe, ReadyNAS and X-Raid are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. or its affiliates 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.

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 I - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 20 through 29, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 1, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 11, 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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