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NETGEAR® RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point Receives Reviewer’s Choice by Government Computer News in Roundup of 802.11n Access Points


NETGEAR, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the award of the Reviewer’s Choice designation to the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T) by the Government Computer News (GCN) Lab in a comparison of draft 802.11n-based wireless access points published in the April 2, 2007, issue of GCN. The WN802T received top ratings for performance, ease-of-use and value in the round-up which compared NETGEAR’s wireless access point against comparable products from Linksys and Buffalo Technology.

In addition to a setup process of which the reviewers reported that it was “quite easy” to set up the IP address, make changes to the wireless security and upgrade the firmware, the GCN staff raved about the overall performance of the WN802T. “We were very impressed by the transfer speeds exhibited by the RangeMax NEXT, which were the best in the review at almost every distance,” wrote the GCN Staff. “It even managed to achieve 2.5 Mbps at 200 feet. Although not fast, it was great to have a reliable connection out at that distance.”

In addition to a 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port to maximize data throughput rates between the wired and wireless links, the WN802T also integrates a business-class feature set that includes enterprise class wireless security with support for WPA2 and 802.1x, as well as Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) to support the deployment of video, audio and voice applications over the wireless network.

“We’re very excited to have received the Reviewer’s Choice designation from GCN because it truly validates the extensive design and engineering efforts that NETGEAR invests to provide best-in-class next-generation wireless solutions for small- and mid-sized businesses without compromising on ease-of-use,” stated Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR Vice President of Product Marketing. “Since the introduction of our RangeMax NEXT product family last year, the industry’s first available wireless solutions based upon the 802.11n draft specification, NETGEAR has worked extensively with chip vendors to drive interoperability, and has been focused internally on maximizing the performance, range and ease-of-use of the product family. Though our RangeMax NEXT product line is delivering today on the interoperability and performance promised by the 802.11n standard, the anticipated rollout of firmware that will bring our products into compliance with version 2.0 of the 802.11n draft specification is resulting in increased adoption rates of our draft 11n wireless networking products by businesses seeking to upgrade the wireless infrastructure to support bandwidth-hungry applications such as VoIP and video conferencing.”

About the NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T)
Incorporating a 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port to maximize performance between the wired and wireless connections, the NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T) connects to any router to extend the network and deliver speeds of up to 300 Mbps. Fully interoperable at the 300Mbps speed with other products based upon TopDog™ technology, the WN802T is interoperable with other draft 802.11n-compliant products and is backwards compatible with legacy 802.11b/g standards-based devices.

The WN802T incorporates NETGEAR’s Steady-Stream technology to deliver the stable connections required for signal-quality-sensitive applications such as streaming high-definition videos and making Internet telephone calls. All NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT products are manufactured and tested with NETGEAR’s unique 11n True Test high-performance testing and tuning process to ensure the highest performance possible for any 802.11n products.

The WN802T provides a robust set of security features including, 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption and Wi-Fi Protected Access Pre-Shared Key (WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK). Ideal for deploying video, audio and voice applications over the wireless network through support for Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), the WN802T also incorporates enterprise class wireless security with support WPA2 and 802.1x. With an award winning, sleek design, the WN802T comes bundled with a wall mount kit enabling small and mid-sized businesses to place the access point at a location of their choice thereby increasing the range and performance of their wireless access.

The NETGEAR RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T) is backed by a one-year warranty and is available now via leading retailers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers at a list price of $249.


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