NETGEAR® RangeMax™ 240 Receives PC Magazine Editors’ Choice, Delivering Top-Rated Feature Set and Beating All Speed Records Across Lab’s Testing Range
RangeMax 240 Wireless Router (WPNT834) Proclaimed “Best Router,” Outperforming Competing Product in Head-to-Head Review
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 17, 2006 – NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the award of the Editors’ Choice designation by PC Magazine to the RangeMax 240 Wireless Router (WPNT834) and Wireless Notebook Adapter (WPNT511) in a head-to-head review of solutions based upon Airgo Networks’ Gen 3 MIMO technology. Published on PC Magazine’s Web site at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1936210,00.asp, the RangeMax 240 Wireless Router and Wireless Notebook Adapter were proven to outperform competing products and received praise for great speed and range, and a good overall feature set.
According to the review, the RangeMax 240 was the first to break wired networking’s lock on 100 Mbps data transfer in the PC Magazine Lab and that at distances up to 120 feet, the NETGEAR solution beat all speed records across PC Magazine’s testing range. In its data transfer tests, PC Magazine reported that at close range RangeMax 240 achieved better than 103 Mbps. It further reported that at 60 feet RangeMax 240 delivered 95.3 Mbps, which was “on a par with Fast Ethernet,” and even at 160 feet its 22.4 Mbps throughput was “more than double the maximum of the previous fastest technology.”
“The NETGEAR RangeMax 240 WPNT834 has a well-rounded set of features, the interface shows a lot of thought, and performance is excellent,” wrote Oliver Kaven, PC Magazine’s lead analyst for networking. “The combination well deserves an Editors’ Choice. If you’re streaming multimedia to several wireless clients or engage in other bandwidth-hogging pursuits, this is the best router.…”
“The receipt of the PC Magazine Editors’ Choice further establishes NETGEAR as the leader in the enhanced wireless solutions that customers demand for increased speeds and greater range. It validates the extensive emphasis that our engineering team places on delivering products that not only deliver best-in-class performance, but are also the easiest networking solution to install and use in the product category,” explained Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR vice president of product marketing. “While there are other choices of products available in the market that are based on MIMO technology, NETGEAR’s family of RangeMax and RangeMax 240 products stand out as they deliver superior range and the fastest speeds at various distances. They also provide reliable and stable connections in frequently-changing RF environments, deliver robust security and routing features, and best-in-class ease-of-installation, ease-of-use, and product reliability.”
“A PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award validates the strategy of partnering with the right company on the best technology available,” said Greg Raleigh, President and CEO of Airgo Networks. “It is quality product like NETGEAR’s, based on Airgo Gen3 chipsets, that is leading the new MIMO wireless market by providing the high speed wide coverage necessary to enable Ethernet replacement and high definition multimedia throughout the home and office.”
NETGEAR RangeMax 240 Wireless Router (WPNT834)
The NETGEAR RangeMax 240 Wireless Router (WPNT834) utilizes an Advanced “Gen 3” MIMO technology from Airgo Networks with both Spatial Multiplexing and Adaptive Channel Expansion (ACE) to provide speeds of up to 240 Mbps when used with RangeMax 240 wireless adapters. Spatial Multiplexing enables it to transmit multiple wireless streams of data on a single wireless channel, while ACE dynamically expands into a 2nd clear channel to provide additional speeds in a way that is Wi-Fi friendly. The RangeMax 240 Wireless Router, which simultaneously supports and improves the performance of existing legacy 802.11b and 802.11g wireless devices by up to 50 percent, delivers ultra-fast wired speeds with superior wireless coverage to eliminate dead spots throughout the home. Equipped with an integrated wired 4-port auto-sensing 10/100 Mbps switch, the RangeMax 240 Wireless Router provides a robust set of network security features including: NAT and SPI firewalls, 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key (WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK), MAC address authentication, Denial of Service (DoS) attack protection, Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS), Exposed Host (DMZ) for secure gaming, and support for two VPN pass-through tunnels (IPSec, L2TP, PPTP). It also features a variety of privacy and parental controls including: “trusted user” controls, time-based usage controls, Web site logging, remote management capability, and URL content filtering. NETGEAR’s exclusive Smart Wizard™ technology ensures that any customer can easily set up and secure a high performance wireless network by merely inserting the installation CD and following the on-screen instructions. Smart Wizard™ automatically detects the ISP’s network settings then easily configures the router for optimal performance and security.
NETGEAR RangeMax 240 Wireless Notebook Adapter (WPNT511) and Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (WPNT121)
The NETGEAR RangeMax 240 Wireless Notebook Adapter (WPNT511) and the new RangeMax 240 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (WPNT121) enable users to take advantage of the ultra high-speed 240 Mbps capability of the RangeMax 240 Wireless Router. Connecting to any available PC Card (CardBus) slot, the RangeMax 240 Wireless Notebook Adapter enables users to enjoy unprecedented data speeds and reliability throughout the home, while any USB port provides easy access for the recently released RangeMax 240 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter to deliver wireless speed and reliability. NETGEAR’s Touchless WiFi Security makes connecting to a secure network effortless. By simply clicking the “Find a Network” button, customers are guided through the process of finding and connecting to a secure network, even automatically detecting the security type and saving the security settings as a profile. Touchless WiFi Security is completely standards-based, so it works whether the customer is connecting to a NETGEAR router, an office network, or even a coffee shop hot spot. NETGEAR’s RangeMax 240 Wireless Router (WPNT834), RangeMax 240 PC Card (WPNT511), and RangeMax 240 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter (WPNT121) are backed by a one-year warranty and available now via leading retailers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers at estimated retail prices of $180 and $130, and $130 respectively.
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, 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. 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.
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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™ 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: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s RangeMax 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, 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 “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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