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NETGEAR’s® Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter Achieves PacketCable™ 1.5 Certification From CableLabs®


NETGEAR Embraces Rapid Market Demand for Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapters (E-MTAs)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — March 27, 2006 — NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that its new Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter or E-MTA (Model EM612) received CableLabs® PacketCable™ 1.5 Certification for the product’s adherence to rigorous standards in certification wave 41, concluded this month.

NETGEAR’s Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (EM612) integrates a cable modem with a PacketCable Internet Protocol (IP) phone adapter. The NETGEAR product is a DOCSIS® 2.0 modem with one USB port and one Ethernet port for data traffic, and two ports for PacketCable Voice over IP (VoIP).

PacketCable is a CableLabs-led project that was initiated by cable operators in order to define a common platform that may be used to deliver advanced real-time multimedia services over a two-way cable plant. Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) is a non-profit research and development consortium. Built on top of the industry’s DOCSIS 1.1 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications) cable modem infrastructure, PacketCable networks use IP technology as the basis for highly capable multimedia architecture. A DOCSIS network with PacketCable extensions enables cable operators to deliver data and voice traffic efficiently and economically using a single high-speed, quality-of-service (QoS)-enabled broadband architecture.

Said David James, NETGEAR’s director of broadband service provider products, “With the E-MTA market growing at a breakneck pace, we’re encouraged by CableLabs’ certification of our Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter as having met their strict requirements for protocol conformance. NETGEAR remains committed to offering cable operators cost-effective, technologically sophisticated and easy-to-setup solutions to better serve user needs.”

With most major Multiple-System Operators (MSOs) in North America now providing IP telephony services, the cable industry’s VoIP customer base reached 3.2 million late February, according to Phoenix industry research analyst firm Kinetic Strategies. As cable operators roll out VoIP services, shipments of voice modems worldwide increased 282% from 2004 to 2005, with E-MTAs experiencing soaring demand.

“CableLabs® Certified™” means that NETGEAR’s Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (EM612) has passed a series of tests for compliance with the PacketCable Specification and has thus demonstrated interoperable functionality with other CableLabs Certified devices.

NETGEAR’s Embedded Multimedia Terminal Adapter (EM612) joins a broad portfolio of CableLabs-certified NETGEAR products that enable cable operators to offer advanced home networking services to their growing subscriber base. In December 2005, NETGEAR became the first company to receive a “three-way” certification for its Wireless Cable Voice Gateway (CVG824G), which earned PacketCable 1.1, DOCSIS 2.0, and Cable Home 1.1 certifications in wave 40.

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.

©2006 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR and the NETGEAR Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. CableLabs, DOCSIS, PacketCable and CableLabs Certified are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. 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 expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s embedded multimedia cable adapter (E-MTA) product 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: Multiple-System Operators may not choose to deploy NETGEAR’s E-MTA product; the future demand for E-MTAs may not be as projected; the performance of NETGEAR’s E-MTA product may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; 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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