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NETGEAR® Expands Industry-Leading Family of Smart Switches with Launch of 24-Port Smart PoE Switch Delivering Performance, Versatility and Reliability to Growing Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses


NETGEAR Inc., a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the expansion of its market-leading family of Smart Switches with the launch of the ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with Four Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS728TP). With the ability to support 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) on all 24 10/100 ports, the FS728TP is a high-performance, easy-to-use, scalable Smart Switch solution that combines management capabilities, advanced security and Quality of Service (QoS) features, making it an ideal solution for small- and medium-sized businesses deploying cutting-edge PoE-enabled infrastructure devices such as VoIP phones, access points and IP surveillance cameras.

Joining the widest line of Smart Switches in the industry, the new FS728TP delivers affordability, scalability and reliability to growing companies, offering easy management through a Web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) without the cost and complexity of a fully managed Layer 2 solution. A high 195-watt PoE budget enables the FS728TP to simultaneously power PoE-enabled devices on each of the 24 10/100 ports. In addition, the FS728TP delivers high bandwidth through four copper Gigabit Ethernet ports with optional fiber interfaces on two of those ports for longer distances.

Backed by NETGEAR’s industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty, the FS728TP is a high-performance switch featuring a non-blocking wire-speed architecture that delivers a 12.8 Gbps switching capacity for maximum data throughput. In addition to an advanced feature set that includes Access Control List (ACL) filtering, 802.1x port authentication, enhanced QoS for prioritization of voice traffic, rate limiting, and IGMP snooping, the FS728TP also supports SNMP v1, v2 and v3 for management and is optimized for use with ProSafe Network Management Software (NMS100) or other SNMP-based management software.

“The launch of the FS728TP is the ideal solution for businesses and organizations that want to take advantage of the cost-savings, convenience, flexibility, and increased productivity from advanced, converged applications like IP Telephony,” explained Sanjay Kumar, product line manager at NETGEAR. “Our customers look to us, as the market leader in the smart switch category, to provide a broad family of ProSafe Smart Switches that enable their organizations to deploy such applications through POE switches, and maximize the performance of the network while, at the same time, providing a reliable, scalable and advanced platform that enables them to support their infrastructure requirements today and into the future. The FS728TP is the perfect solution for growing, forward-looking businesses delivering advanced capabilities, four Gigabit ports for high-speed connectivity and uplinks, and the ability to support PoE-enabled devices on each of the 24 10/100 ports which can all be easily managed through an intuitive web-based GUI.”

About the ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS728TP)

The NETGEAR ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS728TP) features 24 10/100 ports which each support 802.3af PoE with a total power budget of 195 watts. Two combination Gigabit copper/SFP slots for optional fiber connectivity and two 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports provide high speed connectivity providing a scalable, reliable, versatile switching solution for growing networks. The FS728TP provides management capabilities and easy deployment and configuration through an easy-to-use Web-based management GUI or NETGEAR’s ProSafe Network Management Software (NMS100) or other SNMP-based management software.

The FS728TP incorporates an advanced security and QoS feature set including: 802.1x, 802.1p, ACLs, rate limiting, DSCP -based prioritization, IGMP Snooping, TACACS+, and SNMP v1, v2 and v3.

With the addition of the FS728TP to the ProSafe Smart Switch family, NETGEAR now offers PoE-capable Smart Switches in variations of 12, 24 or 48 powered ports.

The NETGEAR ProSafe 24 Port 10/100 Smart Switch with 4 Gigabit Ports and 24 PoE Ports (FS728TP) is backed by a limited lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support. Optional NETGEAR ProSupport service offerings include advanced technical support (OnCall 24x7) and next business day hardware replacement (XPressHW). The FS728TP is available via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a list price of $630 USD.

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.

© 2007 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 “Part II - 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, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2007. 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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