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NETGEAR® RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless-N Router Gigabit Edition Receives International Acclaim from ZDNet


NETGEAR‘s Wireless-N is Awarded 7.8 out of 10 by ZDNet and Branded “A Clear Winner” that would “Undoubtedly Deliver the Best Results”

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 12 December 2006 – NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that its RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless-N Router, Gigabit edition (WNR854T) was awarded an impressive 7.8 out of 10 by ZDNet in the UK. ZDNet is one of the UK’s highly influential and biggest online computing business publications, and is read by senior level management in the IT industry.

The WNR854T is NETGEAR’s newest wireless router that caters for the modern household by enabling family members to connect to multiple Internet services and online media at Gigabit speeds from anywhere in the house. As the built-in 4-port Gigabit (10/100/1000) switch delivers up to 1000 Mbps to wired devices, users are guaranteed a faster connection speed to download movies, stream music, make VoIP calls and browse the web simultaneously without the usual hassle of interruptions and freezes.

Alan Stevens, reviewer for ZDNet, described NETGEAR’s WNR854T as the “top of the heap in terms of performance as well as beauty.” On the design front, Alan branded it “a clear winner” when referring to the antennae neatly hidden away in a shiny white casing.

He commented that the router formed “the best of the bunch” of the RangeMax™ NEXT family as it performed well in the range tests, reaching close to 100Mbps when transferring large files. Since the router was interoperable with Broadcom and Atheros-based products, he assured that it would “undoubtedly deliver the best results” of the Draft-N products now available on the market, labelling it “a good choice.”

“NETGEAR always strives to develop the most innovative products on the market and we are delighted with the positive results produced by our RangeMax Next Wireless-N,” said David Henry, director of product marketing, consumer products at NETGEAR. “The WNR854T Gigabit edition router is a great addition to the RangeMax family and easily meets the increasing demands that customers have come to expect today. Whether this means downloading large video files, streaming music, browsing the web or making Internet calls, the modern family home and small businesses are now fully equipped to deal with these changes in lifestyle.”

About RangeMax Next Wireless-N Router, Gigabit Edition (WNR854T)
NETGEAR’s RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless-N Router, Gigabit (WNR854T) provides maximum coverage and bandwidth, by utilizing ’Steady-Stream’ technology. Preset internal wireless antennas and high-performance testing and tuning provides maximum performance and high-quality streaming every time.

Touchless WiFi Security creates the highest level of network security and includes industry standard wireless encryption standards for you to choose from including: WEP, WPA-PSK, or WPA2-PSK.

As with all NETGEAR® wireless products, the RangeMax™ NEXT Wireless-N Router, Gigabit Edition (WNR854T), is easy to set-up with NETGEAR’s Smart Wizard® install assistant and configurator. The WNR854T Wireless-N router is backward compatible with existing wireless devices, including 54 Mbps 802.11g and 11 Mbps 802.11b.

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

© 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.

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 Wireless-N Router (WNR854T) 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 the WNR854T product may not met the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers, product performance and throughput 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 “Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors”, pages 31 through 40, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13, 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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