PoE Switch and Access Point aid in WLAN deployment.

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ProSafe 8-port 10/100 desktop switch with 4-port IEEE 802.3af PoE capability (FS108P) and PoE enabled, IEEE 802.11g-compliant ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point (WG102) facilitate deployment of centrally managed WLAN. Solutions eliminate need to place wireless access points near power outlet or install new power outlets. Compatible with NETGEAR 108 Mbps mode utilizing Super G(TM) technology from Atheros®, WG102 provides features to support networking requirements of SMBs.



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NETGEAR Makes Business Wireless LAN Deployment Easy, Flexible, Affordable With Industry's First Power-Over-Ethernet Desktop Switch and PoE Enabled Access Point



Combination of NETGEAR ProSafe(TM) 802.11g Wireless Access Point (WG102) and ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch With 4 Port Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) (FS108P) Provides Fast, Easy Deployment of a Centrally Managed Wireless LAN

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 29 -- NETGEAR, Inc., (NASDAQ:NTGR) a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced the launch of the ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with 4 Port Power-Over-Ethernet (FS108P), the industry's first desktop switch with IEEE 802.3af PoE capability, and the ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point (WG102), a PoE enabled IEEE 802.11g-compliant access point supporting NETGEAR 108 Mbps mode. Deployed together in a growing small business environment, the ProSafe Access Point and ProSafe Desktop Switch with PoE combine to deliver a compact and affordable wireless LAN (WLAN) solution. By utilizing Power over Ethernet, this solution eliminates the need to place wireless access points near a power outlet or pay to install new power outlets to ensure optimum placement of the wireless connection.

NETGEAR's ProSafe 8 Port Desktop Switch with PoE (FS108P) can power up to four IEEE 802.3af-compliant IP-based devices such as wireless access points, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephones, surveillance cameras, and card scanners, while maintaining connectivity to standard 10/100 Mbps devices. Easy to install and use, this new Desktop PoE switch can provide power for up to four ProSafe Access Points (WG102) enabling the flexibility to place these access points high on walls or in ceilings where AC power is difficult to access.

Compatible with NETGEAR 108 Mbps mode utilizing Super G(TM) technology from Atheros(R), the value-packed ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point (WG102) provides a host of features designed to support the demanding networking requirements of growing businesses. While the integrated Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) supports ease of placement and deployment in even the most challenging office environments, the Wi-Fi certified access point features SNMP for management, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA-Enterprise) and is 802.11i-ready. Fully compatible with IEEE 802.11g, (2.4 GHz), it can also be set for dynamic 108 Mbps 802.11g. The flexible, high-performance ProSafe Access Point includes a detachable 5dBi antenna, is plenum-rated and supports repeater and bridge modes.

"We're excited to be the first in the industry to deliver an affordable PoE-enabled wireless LAN solution to the growing small business sector," explained Kevin Allan, NETGEAR Director of Product Marketing - Business Products. "Until now, PoE technology was simply beyond the budget of small companies, effectively excluding them from being able to take advantage of the cost-saving benefits of PoE-compliant devices. The wireless solution created by the combined deployment of the ProSafe Desktop Switch with PoE and ProSafe Access Point provides growing companies with the ability to add a wireless LAN to the existing network infrastructure quickly and easily."

NETGEAR ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with 4 Port PoE (FS108P)

Small, compact and quiet, the NETGEAR ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with PoE features eight 10/100 auto-sensing ports, four of which can supply power to IEEE 802.3af-compliant IP-based devices, such as access points and surveillance cameras, over Cat-5 cabling. The standards-based, easy-to-use unmanaged switch is a stand-alone network device that requires no configuration, automatically supplying power to compliant devices and providing connectivity to standard 10/100 Mbps Ethernet devices such as PCs and servers.

The NETGEAR ProSafe 8 Port 10/100 Desktop Switch with 4 Port PoE (FS108P) is backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, and is available now via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a list price of $181.

NETGEAR ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point (WG102)

The Wi-Fi certified ProSafe Access Point (WG102) provides value in both performance and feature set with support for NETGEAR 108 Mbps mode utilizing Super G(TM) technology from Atheros(R), integrated Power-over-Ethernet support, single detachable 5dBi antenna enabling customized installs with NETGEAR cables and antennas, SNMP for management, adjustable transmit power, and repeater and bridge modes. A business-class security feature set includes support for WPA, 802.1x, dynamic WEP key, WDS, SSID suppression, EAP TLS, TTLS and PEAP.

The NETGEAR ProSafe Access Point (WG102) is backed by a three-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, and will be available now via leading direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a list price of $250.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company's suite of over 100 products enables 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 www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.

NOTE: NETGEAR(R), 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, including Super G(TM) technology from Atheros(R). Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

CONTACT: Doug Hagan of NETGEAR Inc., +1-408-907-8053, or doug.hagan@netgear.com.

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