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NETGEAR first to market with AutoCell Technology

  • 26 October, 2004 09:44

<p>Sydney, Australia (October 26, 2004) – NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR), a leading provider of easy to use, high-performance networking products, is the first vendor to incorporate Propagate Networks’ AutoCell™ RF management technology into its growing line of wireless networking products targeted at the small and medium-sized business sector.</p>
<p>Immediately available on the NETGEAR WG302 ProSafe 802.11g Wireless Access Point and the WAG511 ProSafe Dual Band PC Card via a free firmware upgrade from the NETGEAR website, AutoCell technology optimises WLAN performance, reduces total cost of ownership and offers a complementary security measure with Enhanced Privacy Mode. For solution providers this technology simplifies and speeds wireless network installation through automatic RF power management and channel selection, minimising the time consuming task of configuring individual access points.</p>
<p>“By incorporating AutoCell technology it NETGEAR products, we are able to offer businesses a complete RF management solution that reduces the costs associated with deploying, securing and maintaining wireless networks,” said Ian McLean, Vice President, NETGEAR Asia Pacific. “We are the first vendor to offer AutoCell to the local market, delivering true value and total performance to our customers and strengthening our position as the Australian WLAN market leader.”</p>
<p>To optimise WLAN performance, the NETGEAR WG302 with AutoCell technology employs automatic channel selection, dynamic transmit power control and load balancing across access points while the WAG511 employs a Rapid Roaming feature. AutoCell-enabled access points monitor RF patterns and dynamically tune access point signal strength and channel selection to avoid interference and ensure total coverage. In addition, RF privacy is enhanced by automatically reducing beacon and data transmit power to a level that reaches only AutoCell-enabled WAG511 clients. This is yet another optional security method that makes the network less visible to intruders. With Rapid Roaming, the WAG511 quickly detects client motion and monitors the WLAN environment and automatically seeks and jumps to the access point with the highest data rate to ensure peak performance and session persistence.</p>
<p>Deployment of the NETGEAR WG302 with AutoCell Technology also reduces total cost of ownership through a distributed technology that has no single point of failure. Thus there is no need to purchase additional hardware such as WLAN gateways, switches or software. By simplifying the network setup, the WG302 eliminates the need for costly, time-intensive site surveys or channel maps. Simply power up the AutoCell-enabled WG302s and a self-organising WLAN is immediately established.</p>
<p>With AutoCell View, a separate monitoring software utility sold separately by Propagate Networks, users can scan in a floor plan to view, in real time, the locations of deployed WG302s and the WAG511s they are associated with, allowing users to see how AutoCell-enabled WG302s are automatically tuning power levels and channels to eliminate RF interference and deliver peak performance across the WLAN.</p>
<p>AutoCell technology is currently shipping in the WG302 and WAG511, and will soon feature in NETGEAR’s extensive range of adaptors.</p>
<p>About Propagate Networks
Propagate Networks, Inc. (www.propagatenet.com) headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, was founded in October 2002 to automate and increase the performance of 802.11 wireless local area network (WLAN) equipment. Based on patent-pending technology, Propagate's technology will significantly boost the throughput and decrease the cost of 802.11 solutions by creating a distributed, self-organizing network. Propagate Networks is led by a team of seasoned network professionals and entrepreneurs and is funded by a group of private investors. All copyrights are trademarks of their respective owners.</p>
<p>About NETGEAR
NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of businesses and home users. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, NETGEAR’s suite of approximately 100 products enables users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. For more information, visit the company's website at www.netgear.com.au or call 02 8448 2072.</p>
<p>NETGEAR and the NETGEAR logo are registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved
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<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to, among other things, the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses and market position of NETGEAR, Inc. and its products and technology are forward-looking statements. Other forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as, “believe”, “expect”, “may”, “will”, “intend”, “estimate”, “continue”, or similar expressions. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to vary materially from those expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include, without limitation, the price and performance requirements of our customers, demand for our products, potential delays in development or certification of our products and other risks detailed in our periodic reports and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which reflect an analysis only and speak only as of the date hereof. NETGEAR does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.</p>

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