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NETGEAR enables the “all access” home at CES

  • 07 January, 2008 13:54

<p>NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, is introducing its family of next-generation Wireless-N networking solutions, expanding its line of wired and wireless network bridges and extenders, and launching a family of robust intelligent network-attached storage devices for consumers at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week from January 7-10, 2008. In addition to introducing 18 new products and showcasing its six CES Innovations Award honorees, NETGEAR will host a number of workshops and presentations and will broadcast “Live from CES” to online visitors from around the world, from NETGEAR’s “All Access Home,” located in booth #36219 in South Hall 4 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.</p>
<p>“With applications such as social networking websites, broadband video streaming, console gaming, and Voice-over-IP increasing in mainstream consumer adoption, the Internet and home networks have combined to create the backbone technology that is driving both productivity and entertainment in the connected home,” stated Patrick Lo, chairman and chief executive officer of NETGEAR. “These emerging applications have created the demand for home networking products that deliver faster speeds over larger areas with greater reliability. This year at CES we’re introducing an unprecedented slate of 18 networking products in the wireless, broadband, powerline, optical fibre, coaxial, and storage categories that will enable consumers to take full advantage of and enhance their experiences with these new network-enabled applications. The ‘All-Access’ home at our booth on the CES show floor demonstrates to consumers how our broad family of products provides access to the Internet, stored digital media wherever, whenever and however they want it, and seamless in-home distribution of content, enabling them to fully appreciate these new networked applications like never before.”</p>
<p>NETGEAR -- Live from CES</p>
<p>For the second year in a row, NETGEAR is taking its tradeshow presence to the world through a live Webcast on NGTV, the broadcast arm of the NETGEAR Community viewable through the NETGEAR Website at: www.netgear.com. In addition to watching interviews with NETGEAR executives and other leaders in the home networking industry, viewers will be able to view a series of educational presentations hosted by company representatives on a variety of home networking-related topics.</p>
<p>In an effort to encourage and make it easy for others to share their excitement of NETGEAR and CES with the world, NETGEAR has established an official Blogger Station in its booth where bloggers can serve as the eyes and ears of the show for those who cannot attend. In addition to providing a valuable service to interested readers around the world, bloggers have the opportunity to win prizes from NETGEAR for creating the best blog and can be featured on www.netgear.com.</p>
<p>A series of free NetWorkShop Presentations will be presented onstage at the NETGEAR booth throughout the show. These educational seminars will feature topics including: 802.11n and the innovative RangeMax metamaterial internal antenna array technologies, ReadyNAS intelligent network storage solutions, powerline networking, digital entertainment in the connected home, and NETGEAR business networking.</p>
<p>NETGEAR Receives Six 2008 CES Innovations Awards</p>
<p>True to its legacy of innovation, NETGEAR received honors this year for six of its newest products from the 2008 CES Innovations Design and Engineering committee. The following products were named Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award honorees in the program which recognises the most innovative consumer electronics products in the industry’s hottest product categories:</p>
<p>· HD/Gaming 5GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111)
· Pre- DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Cable Voice Gateway (CBVG834)
· ReadyNAS Duo 2-Bay Gigabit Desktop Network Storage
· ReadyNAS Pro Multi-Bay Gigabit Desktop Network Storage for Business
· Space-Saving Powerline Network Extender Kit (XEPSB103)
· Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111)</p>
<p>NETGEAR’s next-generation wireless-N products utilise metamaterial antenna technology to deliver faster speeds at longer ranges</p>
<p>Connecting the seemingly endless variety of network-enabled devices for productivity and entertainment in the home demands a wireless network infrastructure that provides range, security, reliability, speed, and stability of connections. NETGEAR’s next-generation wireless-N family of routers and adapters are based upon the 802.11n draft specification and deliver the fastest speeds, longest ranges and most reliable connections. The innovative new products utilise an internal array of Smart Antennas based on metamaterial technology, a revolutionary and patented innovation with unique transmission properties that provides the highest level of quality, reliability and signal optimisation even in dense integrated circuit designs, to deliver best-in-class performance and stability of wireless connections across the full 802.11 spectrum. This high-performance multi-antenna array technology, which has been incorporated across the NETGEAR family of next-generation RangeMax Wireless-N products, delivers the superior range and throughput that has established NETGEAR’s RangeMax technology as the industry performance leader stemming back to the introduction of its 802.11g MIMO RangeMax series of WiFi routers and adapters.</p>
<p>The NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router (WNDR3300) delivers the highest Wi-Fi performance for today’s Wireless-N notebooks and dual-band adapters while providing simultaneous support for legacy 802.11g devices as well as clients based on 2.4 GHz and/or 5 GHz Wireless-N. In addition to an array of eight metamaterial antennas, the WNDR3300 supports 5 GHz Wireless-N, enabling the RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router to avoid interference from household appliances, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and even other neighbouring Wi-Fi networks, and maximises wireless performance and range to deliver faster downloads, high-quality media streaming, and better online gaming.</p>
<p>The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WNR3500) incorporates an ultra-fast five-port 10/100/1000 Mbps switch (one Gigabit Ethernet WAN and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports), to deliver the fastest possible wireless-to-wired network performance, and an array of eight internal antennas to reduce the effects of RF interference and maximise wireless performance and range. Automatic Quality of Service (QoS) ensures reliable support for Internet, voice, video, and gaming applications, enabling users to simultaneously surf the Internet, e-mail, stream high-definition video, make Internet phone calls, and play online games.</p>
<p>The RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (WNDA3100) enables users to upgrade their notebook or desktop PCs to dual-band Wireless-N delivering more wireless channels, less interference and better connections. Backward compatible with older 802.11g equipment, the WNDA3100 provides enough bandwidth to support music downloads, file sharing and high-definition multimedia applications.</p>
<p>NETGEAR also announced that it will deliver to the market the Wireless-N MoCA Router (WNMR834) based upon the MoCA 1.1 specification to simultaneously provide a Wireless-N network infrastructure and enable consumers to use their existing in-home cable TV coaxial outlets to distribute high-definition digital video and multimedia content, at a raw data rate of 270Mbps, to high-definition televisions, digital and Internet set-top boxes, computers, and other networked devices. The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) is an open, industry driven initiative promoting distribution of high-definition digital video and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home.</p>
<p>NETGEAR bridges and extenders provide high-speed, reliable network connectivity for network-enabled devices</p>
<p>Providing high-bandwidth connectivity to the network for network-enabled devices such as laptops, gaming consoles and media adapters, without the need to run unsightly Ethernet cables, requires the use of bridges and extenders. NETGEAR is introducing a variety of wired and wireless bridges and wireless network extenders designed to deliver fast, reliable network connections to support bandwidth-intensive applications around the home.</p>
<p>NETGEAR’s Powerline AV Ethernet Kit (XAVB101) and Powerline HD Plus Ethernet Adapter Kit (HDXB111) provide a reliable, high-speed 200 Mbps network connection to the home network and Internet over existing electrical wires to devices such as digital media receivers, set top boxes, game consoles, PCs, or storage devices. Both the XAVB101, which is based on the HomePlug AV standard, and the UPA-based HDXB111, which features built-in power sockets to save power outlet space, provide built-in quality-of-service (QoS), to ensure high-quality connectivity for high-definition video streaming, online gaming and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) applications, and easy operation based on a plug-in design and push-button security setup.</p>
<p>HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit (WNHDEB111) provides more wireless channels, less interference and better, more reliable, connections to enable high-performance network gaming and simultaneously streaming high-definition videos at the highest-possible Wireless-N speeds. Utilising the patented metamaterial array of six smart internal antennas to optimise range and avoid RF interference, the HD/Gaming 5 GHz Wireless-N Networking Kit connects to any existing router or gateway and provides quick, easy, secure network connectivity through simple “Push ‘N’ Connect” using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).</p>
<p>The NETGEAR Plastic Optical Fibre Ethernet Adapter (PF101) is an easy-to-install bridge that utilises easily bendable and thin plastic optical fibre to transmit large amounts of data from room to room at the speed of light. Compatible with any Ethernet-enabled device, the PF101 delivers data speeds of 100Mbps at distances up to 50 metres over a very small diameter cable that is easy to run along base boards, under carpets and around tight corners, making it an ideal solution for distributing high-definition video across the network to the set-top box.</p>
<p>The 5 Ghz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge (WNHDE111) incorporates six smart metamaterial antennas to optimise range and connects to any existing router or gateway to provide more wireless channels, better connections and less interference. By plugging the WNHDE111 to an existing router or gateway, any home network can be upgraded to support the latest WiFi-certified 5GHz 802.11n draft 2.0 wireless and existing 802.11g networks can be upgraded to a dual-band 2.4 and 5 GHz network providing up to 23 more congestion-free channels. Automatic QoS ensures prioritisation of voice, video and gaming traffic for seamless simultaneous task handling. Setup is made simple through plug-and-play, automatic configuration, while “Push ‘N’ Connect” using WPS ensures an easy, secure Internet connection.</p>
<p>The RangeMax Wireless Signal Extender (WPN824EXT) connects into an existing wireless router or gateway to upgrade and extend the performance and range of an existing network. A patented internal array of seven smart metamaterial antennas for WiFi 802.11g networks deliver optimum range and data throughput performance, making the WPN824EXT an affordable solution to extend the wireless coverage in homes for routers and ISP gateways that have inadequate wireless range. The RangeMax Wireless Signal Extender dynamically selects from an array of hundreds of antenna combinations to find the optimal, interference-free path to each wireless client, delivering a fast, stable wireless connection.</p>
<p>NETGEAR also announced that it will further expand its technology portfolio of wired, wireless and powerline Ethernet bridges and extenders with the availability of the first industry-standard and MSO-certified MoCA Ethernet-to-Coax Bridge based upon the MoCA 1.1 specification in the first half of 2008. The MoCA 1.1 Ethernet-to-Coax Bridge Kit (MOEB1002) is designed for high-definition video streaming and online gaming applications, enabling consumers to use their existing in-home cable TV outlets to distribute high-definition digital video and multimedia content, at a raw data rate of 270Mbps, to high-definition televisions, digital and Internet set-top boxes, computers, and other networked devices.</p>
<p>NETGEAR delivers intelligent network storage to consumers</p>
<p>The ReadyNAS Duo 500GB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2150), ReadyNAS Duo 750GB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2175) and ReadyNAS Duo 1TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2110) are intelligent network storage solutions that enable consumers to centralise, organise and share all digital media in the home with a simple-to-use solution that delivers best-in-class performance, scalability, versatility, and data redundancy that was once reserved for higher-priced business-class solutions.</p>
<p>By simply connecting any digital camera to the front-mounted USB port, ReadyNAS Duo quickly and easily copies the photos, and makes them available to computers, PDAs and other network-enabled devices in the home or across the Internet. In addition to the users’ personal stored digital audio and video content, ReadyNAS Duo also provides integrated support for BitTorrent enabling users to download digital entertainment content directly to the ReadyNAS Duo and stream all stored audio and video content through a media adapter into a home entertainment centre without requiring any of the network computers to be on and in use.</p>
<p>To protect valuable digital media, ReadyNAS Duo, when equipped with the optional second drive, automatically mirrors all digital data to protect against data loss due to a disk failure using NETGEAR’s own patent-pending X-RAID technology.</p>
<p>NETGEAR’s broadband modems and gateways provide reliable, high-speed connectivity to the WAN</p>
<p>The only thing more important than having a high-speed whole home network to support the entertainment and productivity needs of the connected home is providing a reliable, fast connection for that network to the broadband Internet. NETGEAR is introducing a variety of new members to its family of broadband modems and gateways including the Pre-DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Cable Voice Gateway (CBVG834) which uses channel bonding to enable 100Mbps downloads together with digital voice. The DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem (CVD31T) is based on the next generation of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications for much higher upstream and downstream speeds. The state-of-the-art VDSL2 DECT Voice Gateway (WG934NOUD) integrates a VDSL modem, router, 802.11n access point, two VoIP ports and DECT base station. NETGEAR is also introducing a 3G Modem (MBM621) which enables easy sharing of the newest mobile 3G networks.</p>
<p>About NETGEAR</p>
<p>NETGEAR® (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions 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. As an ENERGY STAR® partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.netgear.com.au or call (02) 8448 2072.</p>
<p>©2007 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR®, the NETGEAR logo, ProSafe, and RangeMax 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.</p>
<p>Safe Harbour 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 NETGEAR seeking to have all of its products with external power adapters meet Energy Star guidelines, and NETGEAR’s research into 100% recyclable packaging, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbour. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: If external power adapters utilised by NETGEAR products cannot meet Energy Star guidelines in a cost-effective or timely manner, then NETGEAR may elect not to achieve Energy Star performance levels for those products; it may not be possible or economically feasible to achieve 100% post-consumer content for product packaging; 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 27 through 38, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 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.</p>
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