NETGEAR Launches Open Source Wireless-G Router Enabling Linux Developers and Enthusiasts to Create Firmware for Specialized Applications

Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) Delivers Higher Processing Power

and More Memory for a Wide Variety of Customized Applications and is

Supported by a Dedicated and Responsive Open Source Community

Jun 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from NETGEAR, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded
 networking solutions, today announced the launch of the Open Source
 Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), a full-featured wireless router designed to
 serve as a reliable, high-performance platform to support a wide variety of
 applications created by the open source community.
     The high-performance WGR614L, which is "Works with Windows Vista"
 certified, features a 240 MHz MIPS32(R) CPU core with 16 KB of instruction
 cache, 16 KB of data cache, 1 KB of pre-fetch cache, and incorporates 4 MB
 of flash memory and 16 MB of RAM. In addition to an external 2 dBi antenna,
 the WGR614L integrates a second internal diversity antenna to provide
 enhanced performance and range. The router supports free open source
 Linux(R)-based Tomato and DD-WRT firmware and will soon support OpenWRT.
     The WGR614L is supported by a dedicated open source router community,, which provides open source firmware downloads,
 forums, blogs, articles, source code, and user guides, and provides users
 with dedicated and responsive support by open source experts.
     "The launch of the WGR614L is significant to the open source community
 as there has been a growing demand for more powerful platforms to support a
 rapidly growing segment of open source enthusiasts that are seeking to
 create more robust, commercial-grade applications for their wireless
 routers," stated Som Pal Choudhury, senior product line manager for
 advanced wireless at NETGEAR. "In addition to adding a more powerful
 processor and additional memory to the proven Broadcom(R) platform, the
 most popular open source firmware, Tomato and DD-WRT, are available on
 WGR614L making it easier for users to develop a wide variety of
 applications. An important feature of our offering is the dedicated and
 responsive open source community which enables users to easily exchange
 ideas and troubleshoot issues. New applications currently being developed
 by this community include traffic shaping applications, redirections to
 captive portals for hotspots, guest access via a separate SSID, upstream
 and downstream QOS, and intelligent bandwidth monitoring."
     The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L), which features one
 10/100 Internet WAN port and a four-port 10/100 LAN switch, incorporates an
 802.11g access point to support wireless connectivity at speeds of up to 54
 Mbps. The WGR614L supports static and dynamic routing with TCP/IP, VPN
 pass- through (IPSec, L2TP), NAT, PPTP, PPPoE, DHCP (client and server),
 and Bigpond. A Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall protects the
 network from intruders, and the wireless connection is secured with support
 for 40-, 128- and 152-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA),
 WPA2-PSK, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS). Additional security features
 include: Exposed Host (DMZ), MAC address authentication, URL content
 filtering, logs and e-mail alerts of Internet activity.
     The NETGEAR Open Source Wireless-G Router (WGR614L) is backed by a one-
 year hardware warranty and is available now via select retailers, direct
 marketers, e-commerce sites and value added resellers at a retail price in
 the U.S. of $69.
     About NETGEAR, Inc.
     NETGEAR (Nasdaq:   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(R) 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, Calif.
 For more information, visit the company's Web site at or
 call (408) 907-8000.
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 Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
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 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.
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