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NETGEAR® ProSafe™ Stackable Smart Switches Receive Editor’s Choice Award from IT Week Magazine


NETGEAR ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch + 4 Gigabit Ports (FS728TS) and ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch + 4 Gigabit Ports (FS752TS) Praised for Functionality and Value

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 20, 2006 – NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the award of IT Week Magazine’s Editor’s Choice designation to both the ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch (FS728TS) and the ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch (FS752TS). Published in the March 27, 2006, edition of ITWeek Magazine, the NETGEAR ProSafe Stackable Smart Switches received recognition for functionality and value, citing an easy-to-use browser configuration and management interface, and the ability to grow the network by stacking multiple units to support up to 192 network devices.

“In a busy corporate environment there comes a time when expansion is necessary as a division is added or moved to another location. The ability to grow your network when needed is an important consideration in the purchase of the necessary equipment,” stated the article. “Both the 24 port and 48 port versions of the NETGEAR ProSafe Smart Switch offer this expandability and they win our Editor’s Choice Award for functionality and value.”

“Building on the success of our ProSafe Smart Switch product line that offers entry-level management, the new ProSafe Stackable Smart Switches deliver easy scalability and a more powerful feature similar to what is seen in fully managed Layer 2 offers today. Now, growing companies can easily purchase and add these more advanced features to support the increasing adoption of bandwidth intensive applications like Internet telephony and streaming media,” explained Peter Newton, NETGEAR senior product line manager. “Growing companies need an easy way to centrally prioritize traffic, turn on port and VLAN security, and monitor and control all the switches they deploy in their expanding network. Our ProSafe Stackable Smart Switch product family is the ideal solution for growing small- to medium companies, when an unmanaged switch is too basic and the fully managed switch is too complex and an overkill – both in features and cost.”

NETGEAR’s ProSafe 24+4 Stackable Smart Switch (FS728TS) and ProSafe 48+4 Stackable Smart Switch (FS752TS) deliver the performance, scalability, ease-of-use, and affordability you come to expect from the NETGEAR brand. Equipped with 24 10/100 Mbps (FS728TS) and 48 10/100 Mbps (FS752TS and FS752TPS) ports, the new ProSafe Stackable Smart Switches include four 10/100/1000 Mbps Auto-Sensing Gigabit Ethernet switching ports provide a dual-ring, bidirectional 4 Gbps redundant ring stacking backplane and still leave two Gigabit connections on each switch to connect to servers or a Gigabit backbone. When connected together, the Stacking Smart Switches automatically self-elect a master unit, a backup master unit, and slave units for zero-configuration stacking. Mix and match up to 6 switches (192 ports) within the family, connect them with a standard Cat-5 cable and manage all of them through a single GUI. Advanced management features found in Layer 2 fully managed switches include Layer 3 prioritization, SNMP v1/v2c/v3 support, 802.1x port security, rate-limiting, logging, and more overall VLANs. For networks that need Power over Ethernet (PoE), NETGEAR is now shipping its PoE switch, the ProSafe 48+4 Stackable Smart Switch with 24 PoE Ports (FS752TPS), enabling customers to deploy IP-based devices such as VoIP phones, access points like NETGEAR’s ProSafe line of 802.11g and dual band Access Points, and security cameras.

In addition, all NETGEAR ProSafe Smart Switches feature two hot-swappable SFP GBIC slots that provide fiber connectivity when used with optional GBIC modules including the ProSafe GBIC Module 1000BASE-SX Fiber SFP (AGM731F), ProSafe GBIC Module 1000BASE-LX Fiber SFP (AGM732F), and ProSafe GBIC Module 1000BASE-ZX Fiber SFP (AGM733).

NETGEAR’s ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports (FS728TS), ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports (FS752TS) and ProSafe 48 Port 10/100 Stackable Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS752TPS) are backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 technical support. Optional NETGEAR ProSupport service offerings include advanced technical support (OnCall 24x7) and next business day hardware replacement (XPressHW). In addition, the FS752TPS is also eligible for NETGEAR’s advanced support packages, ProSupport OnSite 24x7 and OnSite 9x5, which provide complete same- or next-day network support. The FS728TS, FS752TS, and FS752TPS are available now via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers at list prices of $350, $660, and $980 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 or call (408) 907-8000.

© 2006 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR®, the NETGEAR Logo, and ProSafe 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. Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. 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 ProSafe™ 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 ProSafe 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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