NETGEAR(R) RangeMax(TM) NEXT Wireless-N Routers Receive Wi-Fi Alliance(R) 802.11n draft 2.0 Certification

Jun 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from NETGEAR(R), Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded
 networking products, today announced that its RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N
 Router - Gigabit Edition (WNR854T) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router
 (WNR834B) have achieved Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) status for 802.11n draft 2.0
 products from the Wi-Fi Alliance. NETGEAR's RangeMax NEXT routers have been
 certified for adhering to industry standard tests for interoperability, the
 very latest in security protection, and backward compatibility with
 previous generations of Wi-Fi gear.
     "We're extremely proud to be designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n
 draft 2.0 by the Wi-Fi Alliance," stated Vivek Pathela, vice president of
 product marketing at NETGEAR. "We designed our RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N
 products to enable our customers to enjoy increased range and performance
 for a multitude of next-generation applications such as high-definition
 video streaming, online gaming, IP telephony and fast file transfers of
 music, photos, etc. Having been through this intensive testing process for
 interoperability and compatibility with IEEE draft 2.0, our RangeMax NEXT
 Wireless-N Routers are proven industry leaders, products that maximize the
 digital home experience for our global customers. By being among the first
 to hit this impressive mark demonstrates our unwavering commitment to
 driving multi-vendor interoperability."
     Consumers can now purchase NETGEAR's RangeMax NEXT routers sporting the
 new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo. The new logo designates that NETGEAR's RangeMax
 NEXT products connect and interoperate with other Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products.
 Moreover, all RangeMax NEXT 802.11n Draft 1.0 products are firmware
 upgradeable to the IEEE Draft 2.0 specification. NETGEAR highly encourages
 its customers who currently own RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N products to visit
 NETGEAR's Web site for an easy software upgrade. Additionally, all other
 Wireless-N products from NETGEAR are currently being tested and will soon
 be on the market, easily recognizable by looking for the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
     Administered by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a global industry association
 devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs),
 the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED for 802.11n draft 2.0 program was launched on June 25,
 2007 to establish interoperability based on the IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0
 specification. The program helps ensure that Wi-Fi products from multiple
 manufacturers work with each other. According to the organization, Wi-Fi
 CERTIFIED indicates an improved user experience, higher customer
 satisfaction rates, and reduced rates of support calls and product returns.
 As a result, the Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs have been a catalyst
 for the rapid adoption of Wi-Fi products in homes, offices and public
 access locations around the world. The launch of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n
 draft 2.0 indicates that the industry has recognized the need for 802.11n
 technology in order to satisfy consumer performance demands. The technical
 requirements for IEEE draft 2.0 compliance include protection for legacy
 devices with Clear Channel Assessment (CCA).
     A May 2007 report published by Dell'Oro Group, a trusted source for
 market information about the networking and telecommunications industries,
 stated that shipments of Draft-N wireless routers and client devices
 exceeded $150 million since the products became available in 2006.
     "Widespread adoption of 802.11n technology is primed to continue,
 especially after the Wi-Fi Alliance stamps their seal of approval on the
 products for consumers to see," said Elmer Choy, senior analyst of wireless
 LAN research at Dell'Oro Group. "Companies such as NETGEAR that market
 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices should appeal greatly to a growing number of
 consumers hungry for a network centerpiece that can handle content-rich
 applications and multiple simultaneous users - without compromising
     About RangeMax Next Wireless-N Routers (WNR854T and WNR834B)
     NETGEAR's RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router - Gigabit Edition (WNR854T)
 and RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N Router (WNR834B) provide maximum coverage and
 bandwidth, by utilizing 'Steady-Stream' technology. Preset internal
 wireless antennas and high-performance testing and tuning provide maximum
 performance and high-quality streaming every time. Touchless WiFi Security
 creates the highest level of network security and includes industry
 standard wireless encryption standards for you to choose from including:
     As with all NETGEAR wireless products, the RangeMax NEXT Wireless-N
 Routers are easy to set up with NETGEAR's Smart Wizard(R) install assistant
 and configurator. The WNR854T and WNR834B Wireless-N routers are backward
 compatible with existing wireless devices, including 54 Mbps 802.11g and 11
 Mbps 802.11b.
     About NETGEAR(R), Inc.
     NETGEAR(R) (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.
     About the Wi-Fi Alliance
     The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more
 than 300 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local
 Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for
 mobile wireless devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification
 programs ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE
 802.11 specification. Since the introduction of the Wi-Fi Alliance's
 certification program in March 2000, more than 3,500 products have been
 designated as Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM), encouraging the expanded use of Wi-Fi
 products and services across the consumer and enterprise markets. For more
 information, please visit
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