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NETGEAR Delivers Industry's Most Affordable And Complete Family Of Premium 3x3 Access Points For Small-And Medium-Sized Businesses

NETGEAR's new dual band Access Points deliver 50% higher throughput, advanced security with WIDS and WIPS, and device specific QoS and bandwidth management

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced two new high-end premium 802.11n Business Access Points (APs) – the NETGEAR ProSafe® WNDAP620 and the WNDAP660 450 Mbps 3x3 Wireless-N Dual Band Access Points. NETGEAR is the only company that provides small-and medium-sized businesses with a choice of affordable 3x3 Dual Band Concurrent and Selectable APs with high throughput. The two new APs deliver up to 50% more throughput compared to current APs, allowing customers to support more concurrent high definition multimedia sessions. 

Today's converged wireless enterprise networks must handle multimedia traffic like voice, video and data with high throughput and offer comprehensive Quality of Service (QoS) and granular user management capabilities. The explosive adoption of smartphones and tablets, combined with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, requires increased capacity and performance from wireless networks, but without additional management overhead or complexity. The NETGEAR APs support 3x3 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) with three spatial streams to deliver up to 50% faster throughput speeds and improved service area coverage. Advanced wireless security with wireless intrusion prevention services (WIPS), wireless intrusion detection services (WIDS) and RF management make the new NETGEAR access points the most economical solution for small-and mid-sized businesses seeking a secure and efficient way to manage their multi-faceted wireless traffic needs.

The NETGEAR ProSafe 450 Mbps 3x3 Wireless-N Dual Band Access Points feature:

  • 3x3 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) with three spatial streams delivering up to 450 Mbps of throughput
  • Advanced wireless security (WIPS and WIDS) for better security and network protection
  • Advanced technology to improve range and maximize speed and throughput data rates
  • Band steering to efficiently load balance clients between 2.4 and 5 GHz (WNDAP660 only)
  • Advanced Wireless RF management capabilities to improve spectrum efficiency and user management
  • Device-based Quality of Service (QoS) to set different levels of access and service  prioritized by user and/or device type

The WNDAP620 Access Points offer users the option to selectively use either the 2.4 or the 5 GHz band for client access, while the WNDAP660 Access Points allow the client to access both the 2.4 and the 5 GHz band concurrently to maximize capacity and flexibility. When required, the WNDAP660 can deliver up to 900 Mbps, offering near Gigabit-like performance comparable to traditional wired networks.

"The NETGEAR 3x3 Access Points are powerful, extremely easy to configure and deliver incredible performance for the price," said Mike Eichorn of Chesapeake Cycles. "We use the WNDAP620 to provide wireless coverage for our employees in office areas, in our warehouse and in the lobby for guests. As a business owner, I appreciate IT solutions that effectively solve problems, but also factor in our limited budgets and resources. NETGEAR understands this."

"With the proliferation of mobile devices, wireless LANs are quickly becoming the network of choice for users everywhere, and network managers must plan ahead so that WLANs don't become a point of congestion," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst with Infonetics Research. "The vastly improved performance of NETGEAR's new 3x3 wireless access points makes them ideal for supporting the growth of wireless traffic in the enterprise."

"As more devices enter the market without Ethernet ports, wireless LANS will become more critical for provisioning connectivity and services to these devices. With the launch of two new 3x3 premium Access Points, NETGEAR is poised to surpass other providers of wireless multimedia traffic management solutions," said Peter Newton, senior director, product management, commercial business unit, NETGEAR. "Leveraging more than 15 years of Silicon Valley innovation and a broad range of technology partnerships, NETGEAR is confident that this positive momentum will continue to fuel the growth of its commercial business."

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR ProSafe 450 Mbps 3x3 Wireless-N Dual Band Access Points will be available from authorized NETGEAR channel partners worldwide:

  • WNDAP620 is available today with an MSRP of $715 USD.
  • WNDAP660 will be available in October 2012 with an MSRP of $829 USD.

More Information
To learn more about the NETGEAR ProSafe 450Mbps 3x3 Wireless-N Dual Band Access Points, please visit: www.netgear.com/wndap620.

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 32,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 42,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

© 2012 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.

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 NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, 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 meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; 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 45 through 63, in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2012. 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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SOURCE NETGEAR, Inc.



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