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NETGEAR® First to Ship Draft 802.11n-Compliant Wireless-Enabled ADSL2+ Modem Router Delivering Speed, Range, and Flexibility to Home and SMB Networks


May 22, 2006

NETGEAR’s RangeMax® NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router (DG834N) Delivers a Complete, Secure Next-Generation Network Solution Combining a Draft 11n-Compliant Wireless Access Point with an ADSL2+ Modem, Router, 10/100 Switch, and SPI Double Firewall

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that it is now shipping the world’s first wireless-enabled ADSL2+ modem router based on the new draft 802.11n specification. The RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router (DG834N) aggregates five products into one, combining the benefits of an ADSL 2+ modem, router, four-port 10/100 switch, and a SPI double firewall with NETGEAR’s draft 11n-compliant RangeMax NEXT wireless LAN technology to deliver the fastest data throughput speeds and furthest ranges available in the industry.

The RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL+2 Modem Router, an all-in-one wireless and wired networking solution for homes and small businesses, is designed to give users un-tethered, highly reliable, high-speed connectivity to network resources and the Internet. Utilizing Broadcom’s service provider qualified ADSL2+ and Intensi-fi™ Wi-Fi® technologies, the DG834N delivers maximum ADSL2+ connectivity and wireless speed and range performance through its draft 802.11n-compliant wireless access point – making it an ideal solution for supporting advanced, bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definition video streaming, music downloads, and Internet gaming.

The RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL+2 Modem Router DG834N joins NETGEAR’s growing family of draft 802.11n-compliant wireless networking products already available, including the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition with 10/100/1000 Switch (WNR854T) and Notebook Adapter Gigabit Edition (WN511T), and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router with 10/100 Switch (WNR834B) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Notebook Adapter (WN511B). “NETGEAR has again proven itself an innovator by becoming the first vendor to ship a wireless-enabled ADSL2+ router that incorporates the performance benefits delivered by the draft 11n specification. This all-in-one product enables users to create a network infrastructure suitable for the growing variety of bandwidth-intensive applications in the home and office,” stated Prasad Shroff, product line manager at NETGEAR. “The availability of the DG834N takes the impressive wireless performance of the 270Mbps RangeMax NEXT wireless router and adds another level of flexibility, functionality and performance by incorporating an ADSL2+ modem, which is capable of Broadband Internet data transfer rates of up to 24 Mbps. The RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router is the ultimate all-in-one, high-performance wired and wireless networking solution for the digital home.”

About the RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router (DG834N)
The RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router (DG834N) is a complete networking solution for the home or small office combining an ADSL2+ modem, router, four-port 10/100 LAN switch, Stateful Packet Inspection firewall, and draft 802.11n-compliant wireless access point.

Incorporating a built-in ADSL2+ chipset with Broadcom’s new high-performance VIPER CPU, the DG834N furnishes direct, always-on Internet connectivity and multiple user access to as many as 253 users. The DG834N provides business-class security against network intruders through a double SPI and NAT firewall, and protects the network from hacker attacks with Intrusion Control featuring Denial of Service protection. Other security features include VPN pass-through, content filtering, activity logs, and DMZ support.

“By integrating best-of-class wireless and ADSL2+ technologies, Broadcom is enabling our partners to create an ecosystem of interoperable products with the performance and reliability that Wi-Fi users have been waiting for,” said Greg Fischer, vice president and general manager of Broadcom’s Carrier Access Business Unit. “As one of the first vendors to extend the benefits of Intensi-fi technology to broadband modems, NETGEAR is paving the way for consumers to enjoy a flawless multimedia experience over their wireless home networks.”

Easy to setup and manage, NETGEAR’s popular Smart Wizard™ installation assistant automatically detects and configures the DG834N for the best connection to the users’ ISP. The easy-to-use administration interface is a browser-based, password-protected, multi-lingual management GUI that enables users to access network settings from any network computer. The NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router (DG834N) is backed by a two-year warranty and 24/7 technical support and is available now via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a list price of $299 USD. About NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT 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 maximum coverage and bandwidth to run multiple applications simultaneously and deliver the stable connections required for signal-quality-sensitive applications such as streaming high-definition videos throughout the entire home. 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 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.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo, and Intensi-fi™ are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Wi-Fi® is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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 but not limited to, 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 to NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology, and the impact and pricing of competitive 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 23 through 32, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 12, 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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