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NETGEAR Double 108 Mbps Wireless Router certified for interoperability with Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2005 and Xbox Live

  • 13 October, 2004 14:56

<p>SANTA CLARA, Calif. – October 12, 2004 – NETGEAR®, Inc., (Nasdaq: NTGR) a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that its new Double 108 Mbps Wireless Router (WGU624) has been certified by Microsoft Corp. for interoperability with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and Xbox Live.</p>
<p>The Double 108 Mbps Wireless Router is designed to address the growing need to support multiple networked devices and applications in the digitally connected home by enabling data prioritisation in wireless home networks. It simultaneously establishes two 108 Mbps wireless networks: a 2.4 GHz 802.11g wireless network for Web access, e-mail, and downloads, and a 5 GHz 802.11a wireless network for premium traffic such as high-quality video streaming and large file transfer. Equipped with Super A/G™ technology from Atheros® Communications, the Double 108 Wireless Router delivers a super-fast 108 Mbps data transfer rate over both the 802.11g and 802.11a streams, while maintaining backwards-compatibility with both wireless standards. The Double 108 Mbps Wireless Router is also the first to market with Atheros eXtended Range XR™ technology, offering up to three times the range of basic 802.11g technology.</p>
<p>With Windows XP Media Center 2005-based PCs, consumers get the best version of Windows ever for the home, offering the full capabilities of a Windows XP-based PC with exciting new experiences for music, digital photography, movies, and television.</p>
<p>“We’re delighted to be working with Microsoft as we strive to offer customers a wider range of options for networking multiple entertainment devices in the digital home,” said David Henry, Product Line Manager for Home Routers at NETGEAR. “Our customers like to watch movies and home video files on their TV sets, but the content often resides on the PC. They want to stream wirelessly to the TV but find too much congestion on their existing wireless network to maintain the throughput required for a seamless experience.</p>
<p>“We believe that 802.11a wireless technology is optimal for realising uninterrupted video streaming. Therefore, a combination of the NETGEAR Double 108 Mbps Router with the Microsoft Media Center Edition PC and Extender is the complete solution for streaming video without jitter or delay while serving the entire network,” Mr. Henry added.</p>
<p>NETGEAR worked closely with Microsoft to test and verify seamless interoperability. Consumers can confidently install the Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router as the core of a home wireless network, secure in the knowledge that its performance is optimised for video streaming and online gaming with the Microsoft-enabled products. Customers are unchained from their PCs when enjoying digital content, as the Double 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Router wirelessly streams video content from Media Center Edition PCs to the Media Center Extenders for display on the home television set. Xbox Live gamers will benefit from the added speed and range of the router, which includes a dedicated hardware DMZ (Demilitarised Zone) port to make online gaming simple and secure.</p>
<p>“NETGEAR is a valued associate whose innovations help us realise our vision of Digital Media Anywhere with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005,” said Kevin Unangst, director of Windows consumer marketing for Microsoft. “Media Center Edition customers will benefit from NETGEAR’s easy-to-use, innovative, and high-performance home networking products.”</p>
<p>By utilising the 802.11a network, users can separate and stream bandwidth-intensive traffic for priority applications such as home-based businesses and video streaming from the often-crowded 2.4 GHz band, which can be hindered by interference from microwave ovens and cordless telephones. Since 802.11a provides 13 non-overlapping channels and is scheduled to offer 24 non-overlapping channels by summer 2005, users will no longer be forced to compete with their neighbours’ wireless networks for bandwidth. Users can continue to utilise the 108 Mbps 802.11g 2.4 GHz network for lower-priority applications such as e-mail, online gaming, file downloads, and Internet browsing.</p>
<p>The NETGEAR WGU624 Double 108 Mbps Wireless Router (RRP A$259 inc. GST) and its companion WG511U Double 108 Mbps Wireless PC Card (RRP A$159 inc. GST) will be available from value-added resellers throughout Australia by the end of November. They are backed by 24/7 technical support and NETGEAR’s standard three-year warranty. Increased technical support is also available with NETGEAR’s advanced warranty.</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 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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