NETGEAR® First to Ship Draft 11n-Compliant Wireless Networking Products Based on InteNsi-fi™ Technology
Delivering the World’s First Available Family of Next-Generation Solutions for Consumers and Businesses.
Shortly Following the Availability of RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless Networking Kit Gigabit Edition, the World’s First to Market Wireless Networking Product Based Upon the Draft 802.11n Specification, NETGEAR Announces the Immediate Availability of the RangeMax NEXT Product Family Based on Broadcom InteNsi-fi™ Draft-11n Compliant Chipsets
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 13, 2006 – NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the immediate availability of the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router with 10/100 Switch (WNR834B) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Notebook Adapter (WN511B). Designed to support the growing variety of advanced, bandwidth-intensive applications in the consumer market, such as high-definition video streaming and IP telephony, the newest members of NETGEAR’s RangeMax NEXT family of draft 802.11n-compliant wireless networking products utilize Broadcom’s InteNsi-fi™ technology to deliver superior performance and robust wireless connectivity throughout the home.
Targeted at delivering the performance-enhancing benefits of the draft 802.11n specification to the consumer market at an attractive price point, the WNR834B and WN511B are available immediately through leading resellers, e-commerce and retail partners nationwide at estimated retail prices of $179 and $129 respectively. The newest additions to the RangeMax NEXT product family join the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition with 10/100/1000 Switch (WNR854T) and Notebook Adapter Gigabit Edition (WN511T), the world’s first-available draft 11n-compliant wireless solution, which began shipping last week.
The WNR834B RangeMax NEXT wireless router incorporates a 10/100 Mbps switch to support bandwidth-hungry wireless applications in the home such as IP telephony, Internet sharing, downloading MP3 files, streaming high-definition video, and playing network games. For more demanding network requirements in high-end consumer and small business environments that cannot be constrained by the wired LAN throughput, such as large file transfers, LAN parties and multi-player online gaming, the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition incorporates a 10/100/1000 Mbps switch to ensure maximum data throughput between wired and wireless clients.
The WNR834B and WN511B, which incorporate Broadcom’s InteNsi-fi Wi-Fi technology to deliver faster speeds and more reliable connections at longer ranges than 802.11g-based products, will be compatible with InteNsi-fi powered draft 802.11n-compliant products from other manufacturers and are backwards-compatible with all legacy 802.11b/g wireless products. NETGEAR’s “11n-True Test” high-performance testing and tuning process ensures the products are manufactured and tested to the maximum performance and ranges while its “Steady-Stream” technology embedded in these products delivers the most stable connections of any wireless networking solution available utilizing an advanced internal antenna design to optimize range and data throughput speeds.
“With the shipment of the newest members of the RangeMax NEXT product line, we’re making an indisputable statement to the industry that NETGEAR is dedicated to taking a leadership role to deliver high-quality, reliable, innovative, affordable solutions that enable home and business users to not only support the increasing demands on their current network infrastructures today, but to also provide them with cutting-edge technical advancements to give them the ability to support bandwidth intensive applications in the future,” explained Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR vice president of product marketing. “As the process moves toward the ratification of the new 802.11n standard, NETGEAR will continue to actively work with the various chipset vendors as well as the IEEE and WFA standards bodies to ensure that multi-vendor wireless solutions interoperate at the highest speeds possible while, at the same time, maintaining backwards compatibility and smooth operation of legacy 802.11b/g clients.” About NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT RangeMax NEXT offers the most complete family of draft 802.11n-compliant wireless products, including:
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless Networking Kit Gigabit Edition (WNB511T) consisting of the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition with 10/100/1000 Switch (WNR854T) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Notebook Adapter Gigabit Edition (WN511T)
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router with 10/100 Switch (WNR834B)
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADLS 2+ Modem Router with 10/100 Switch (DG834N)
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless Notebook Adapter (WN511B)
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless PCI Adapter (WN311)
* RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T)
The NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT wireless product family is the first in the industry to comply with draft 802.11n and delivers speeds of up to 300 Mbps. An advanced internal antenna design automatically optimizes performance. These internal antennas are incorporated into NETGEAR’s newest industrial design casing, providing the next generation of style for which NETGEAR has been recognized with design awards worldwide. NETGEAR’s RangeMax NEXT wireless product family provides users with all the great range of RangeMax while incorporating NETGEAR’s new “Steady Stream” technology to deliver the stable connections required for signal-quality-sensitive applications such as streaming high-definition videos throughout the entire home and making Internet telephone calls. Last but not the least, all NETGEAR NEXT products are manufactured and tested with NETGEAR’s unique “11n-True Test” process to ensure the highest performance possible for any draft 802.11n products. The RangeMax NEXT wireless product family provides the security and ease of use that NETGEAR is known for with a robust set of features including: NAT and SPI firewalls, 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key (WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK), Denial of Service (DoS) attack protection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS), and Exposed Host (DMZ) for secure gaming.
About Draft 802.11n
With speeds of up to 600 Mbps, the emerging 802.11n standard is the next generation of wireless networking, delivering the speed, range, and reliability to support the most bandwidth intensive applications. 802.11n incorporates multiple technologies including Spatial Multiplexing MIMO (Multi-In, Multi-Out), 20 and 40 MHz channels, and dual bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) to generate the high speeds and at the same time communicate with legacy 802.11b/g devices. The 802.11n specification was approved for 1.0 draft status in March 2006, with ratification expected sometime in 2007. NETGEAR is committed to collaborating with the IEEE and WiFi Alliance to ensure that 802.11n devices will interoperate at the highest speeds without degrading performance of neighboring 802.11b/g wireless networks.
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 www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.
© 2006 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR Logo, and RangeMax 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. Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. 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 RangeMax™ NEXT family of 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: there is no guarantee that 802.11n draft or final specifications will be timely adopted, the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s RangeMax NEXT family of products may not met the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers, product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions, the availability of chipsets from NETGEAR’s suppliers, 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 quarter 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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