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NETGEAR® Powershift Partner Program Receives Five-Star Vendor Certification from CMP’s VARBusiness Magazine


NETGEAR Acknowledged for the Strength and Commitment of Its Reseller Program in the Voice and Data Networking, Wireless and Mobile Technologies, and Security Categories

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 24, 2006 – NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that it has been certified as a Five-Star Vendor by CMP Media’s VARBusiness magazine for the third year in a row. NETGEAR was awarded the certification based upon the strength and commitment to the channel delivered through its Powershift Partner Program.

Published in the March 20, 2006 issue of VARBusiness, NETGEAR, which was one of only 70 companies that received the coveted five-star rating out of more than 250 vendor entries, was recognized in the Voice and Data Networking, Wireless and Mobile Technologies, and Security categories.

“We applaud vendors like NETGEAR for demonstrating best practices and for the leadership roles they have achieved within the IT distribution channel,” says VARBusiness Editor Lawrence M. Walsh.

In addition to receiving recognition for its Powershift Partner Program, the recent VARBusiness Alternatives Survey reported that solution providers are overwhelmingly turning to NETGEAR for its data networking solutions. Published in the February 6, 2006 issue, the article reported that surveyed solution providers selected NETGEAR as a leading candidate for data networking products among all the alternative vendors.

“For the third year in a row, VARBusiness has recognized the extensive focus that we place on delivering value and support to our channel partners by certifying our award-winning Powershift Partner Program as a five-star program,” explained Michael Werdann, Vice President of Americas Sales. “We understand exactly how important it is for our resellers and solution providers to be able to deliver and support comprehensive end-to-end business networking solutions. NETGEAR is fully dedicated to helping its partners grow their businesses through a diverse line of feature-rich, value-packed networking solutions and a partner program that provides them with industry-leading technical support and a host of resources and incentives to increase their profitability.” NETGEAR markets and sells its products through a global network of VARs and resellers. NETGEAR’s Powershift Partner Program provides value for any VAR or reseller selling into the small- and medium- business marketplace. Benefits of the NETGEAR Powershift Partner Program:

* Dedicated support staff
* Access to Web marketing resources
* Bid desk
* Online RMA abilities
* Online training
* Co-op marketing funds and loyalty programs
* NFR product inventory
* Exclusive priority Level 2 technical support phone
* Business configurator

For more information on NETGEAR’s Powershift Partner Program, please visit

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.

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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 continual excellence of NETGEAR’s VAR and reseller programs 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 ability of NETGEAR to continue to meet the needs of its VARs and resellers, 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 “Item 1A. Risk Factors”, pages 10 through 20, in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2006. 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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