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  • 13 October 2008 16:52

NETGEAR Introduces First Dual-Band Secure Wireless-N Solution for SMEs

NETGEAR a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, has launched a new VPN firewall for small-to-medium-sized enterprises which offers a combination of flexibility, security and low price unmatched in the market sector.

NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR) a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, has launched a new VPN firewall for small-to-medium-sized enterprises which offers a combination of flexibility, security and low price unmatched in the market sector.

The new ProSafe® Wireless-N VPN Firewall (SRXN3205) offers secure connection to the Internet, support for a high-speed wireless LAN and the ability for remote workers and offices to securely access the company network. It is also the first product to combine dual-band Wireless-N connectivity with two choices of VPN access - SSL and IPsec VPN. By incorporating these advanced features, NETGEAR is providing small offices with an enterprise-class networking solution that addresses both top security and wireless performance needs, but at a fraction of the cost.

“SMEs can be more vulnerable to Internet-based attacks because they do not necessarily have the technical expertise or budgets to install and manage the security devices used by larger enterprises,” said Ryan Parker, Managing Director, NETGEAR Australia and New Zealand. “The SRXN3205 Firewall is easy to use and highly flexible, and provides a secure connection to the Internet allowing businesses to improve remote access to the corporate network over low-cost public networks, saving time and money.”

The ProSafe Wireless-N VPN Firewall SRXN3205 has two types of Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnels — Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and IP Security (IPsec).

SSL VPN tunnels enable secure, clientless, individual remote access to corporate data from any computer without needing to install a software client. The SSL VPNs support industry-strength encryption algorithms and features such as automatic cache cleanup after session termination to ensure protection and privacy of sensitive data. IPsec VPN tunnels deliver secure site-to-site tunnels connecting multiple offices together, as well as legacy, client-based remote access. The sophisticated Firewall also provides denial-of-service (DoS) attack protection, stateful packet inspection (SPI) to curb hacker threats, URL keyword filtering, SYSLOG support, and e-mail reporting.

The SRXN3205 supports up to five SSL VPN tunnels and five IPsec VPN tunnels simultaneously.

In addition to VPN flexibility, the SRXN3205 supports businesses transitioning from slower, legacy wireless networks to draft 802.11n networks. The 5 GHz radio band operating mode provides maximum wireless speeds by creating an overlay network that does not interfere with existing 802.11g and 802.11b networks. The new Wireless-N devices can then use the 5 GHz radio band to achieve up to 10 times the coverage and up to 15 times the speed of 802.11g networks. Security features such as WPA, WPA2, and 802.1x with RADIUS support are included. The device also includes four Gigabit LAN ports.

As with all NETGEAR ProSafe products, the SRXN3205 contains several ease-of-use features to simplify implementation: an “Auto Detect” function connects to a user’s ISP promptly; the Web-based ProSafe Control Centre graphical user interface offers simple configuration screens; an Install Assistant reduces setup time; and an IPsec VPN wizard automates IPsec VPN configuration and creates secure connections to multiple sites.

The NETGEAR ProSafe Wireless-N VPN Firewall (SRXN3205) is compatible with Windows®, UNIX®, Macintosh®, and Linux® OS and comes with full 24/7 technical support. All NETGEAR ProSafe products, including the SRXN3205, are backed by a lifetime warranty and optional ProSupport Maintenance Packages. It is expected to be available in Australia in December 2008, through value-added resellers, at an estimated Suggested Retail Price of $699.

About NETGEAR 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. Based in the USA NETGEAR has offices around the world including in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit the company's Web site at or call (02) 8117 6800.

©2008 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, ProSafe and the NETGEAR logo 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. 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.

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 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 meet 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 "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors", pages 28 through 39, in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2008, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2008. 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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