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NETGEAR® ProSafe™ Dual Band Wireless Access Point Delivers Ideal Mid-Market WLAN Solution with Industry-Best Combination of Security, Reliability, Performance and Versatility


ProSafe Dual Band Wireless Access Point WAG102 Simultaneously Supports 802.11a/b/g Wireless Clients with Speeds up to 108 Mbps on both Bands and Built-in Power-Over-Ethernet for Ease-of-Deployment

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – December 20, 2005 – NETGEAR Inc., (Nasdaq: NTGR) a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the launch of the ProSafe™ Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WAG102), a versatile business-class wireless access point designed to deliver secure, reliable, high-performance wireless local area networks (WLANs) to meet the demands of mobile workforces of SMB and mid-market companies.

Designed to provide maximum WLAN performance in high-density, high interference environments, the Wi-Fi Certified WAG102 simultaneously supports both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz 54 Mbps radio transmissions, delivering up to 108 Mbps in both 802.11g and 802.11a for up to 128 wireless clients. The WAG102 incorporates a robust security feature set that includes Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 – Enterprise (WPA2-Enterprise) and 802.11i.

Ideal for deploying video, audio and voice applications over the wireless network through support for Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM), the WAG102 also incorporates Wireless Distribution System (WDS) to support bridging and repeater modes. The plenum-rated wireless access point also integrates IEEE 803.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) to ease installation and maximize placement options.

“As companies discover the need to become more efficient from both a cost and productivity standpoint their workforces are becoming increasingly mobile, creating exponential growth in the demand for improved wireless LAN infrastructures in growing SMB and mid-market companies,” explained Vivek Chugh, NETGEAR Product Line Manager. “With the extensive feature set in the new WAG102, it is an ideal solution for companies seeking to establish or upgrade existing wireless LANs. The WAG102 is one of the most powerful and versatile wireless access points available with dual band to ensure compatibility with legacy clients and Power-over-Ethernet to ease placement and minimize the cost of installation.”

The ProSafe Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WAG102), which utilizes two powerful detachable 5 dBi antennas, delivers universal dual-band Wi-Fi access to support all standards-based IEEE 802.11a/b/g clients and is capable of providing data speeds up to 108 Mbps on both bands. The WAG102 complies with industry security standards for wireless data encryption and user authentication with support for WPA2 and 802.1x, MAC address authentication with 256-user Access Control Lists (ACL), and VPN pass-through. Compatible with NETGEAR’s ProSafe 2.4 GHz antennas, the plenum-rated WAG102 is appropriate for placement above drop-down ceilings and under raised floors, and it integrates IEEE 802.3af PoE.

NETGEAR’s ProSafe Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WAG102) is backed by a three-year warranty, 24/7 technical support, and are covered by NETGEAR ProSupport optional support offerings, including advanced technical support (OnCall 24x7) and next business day hardware replacement (XPressHW). The WAG102 is available now via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers at a list price of $279.

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.

©2005 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. 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.

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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 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 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 “Risk Factors Affecting Future Results”, pages 19 through 28, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 2, 2005, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 14, 2005. 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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