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NETGEAR launches industry first 240Mbps wireless networking in Australia

  • 17 January, 2006 10:49

<p>NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR), a leading provider of easy-to-use, high-performance networking equipment, has released its RangeMax 240 family of wireless networking products in Australia, providing users with an industry first wireless networking solution capable of delivering data at speeds previously only possible through wired Ethernet connections.</p>
<p>Offering superior reliability and coverage, hallmarks of the RangeMax line of products, while increasing wireless speeds up to 240 Mbps, NETGEAR’s RangeMax 240 family eliminates dead spots in home or office environments and provides fast enough wireless speeds to support simultaneous bandwidth-intensive applications such as high-definition video, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), streaming audio and online gaming.</p>
<p>“Increasing convergence in the home means that people are now looking to access a wide variety of applications simultaneously, placing huge demands on their network,” said Ian McLean, Vice President, NETGEAR Asia-Pacific. “We have developed RangeMax 240 to support this trend, doubling the throughput of wireless networking via advanced MIMO technology capable of transmitting multiple streams of data through a single wireless channel. It delivers a robust broadband infrastructure that can support bandwidth intensive applications, allowing people to quickly and easily stream MP3s or high definition quality video, play online games, access networked storage and use Internet telephony without interruption.</p>
<p>“Our original RangeMax family of products has proven popular in Australia and around the world, becoming the top selling MIMO range globally – a trend that we believe will continue with the new RangeMax 240 line.”</p>
<p>The new product family features a RangeMax 240 WPNT834 Wireless Router that provides a data rate of up to 240Mbps when used with the RangeMax 240 WPNT511 Wireless Notebook Adapter. This ensures that for the first time wireless has attained an effective throughput of up to 100Mbps, comparable to that of 10/100 Fast Ethernet wired networks. Adapting to changing wireless conditions is unique to NETGEAR’s RangeMax technology, and RangeMax 240 dynamically avoids interference from neighbouring wireless networks to maintain the most reliable, high-performance, long-range network connections to clients.</p>
<p>The RangeMax 240 family includes:
- True MIMO™ Gen 3 technology from Airgo Networks which uses spatial multiplexing to stream multiple data streams over a single channel;</p>
<p>- A new Adaptive Channel Expansion™ (ACE™) technology for dynamically increasing performance to support bandwidth-intensive applications in a Wi-Fi friendly way;</p>
<p>- Automatic channel selection to provide the clearest and most available channel connections;</p>
<p>- Full speed hardware accelerated encryption for 128bit AES, TKIP and WEP standards;</p>
<p>- Quality of Service for superior video, voice and audio applications;</p>
<p>- SmartWizard™ Installation Assistant for simple set-up and management;</p>
<p>- Assisted Firmware Update for automated retrieval and installation of firmware upgrades.</p>
<p>The RangeMax 240 WPNT834 Wireless Router (RRP: $339) and WPNT511 Wireless Notebook Adapter (RRP: $219) are available now from NETGEAR’s value-added resellers located throughout Australia. They are supported by 24x7 technical support and come with NETGEAR’s standard three-year warranty. Increased technical support is also available with NETGEAR's advanced warranty.</p>
<p>About NETGEAR</p>
<p>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</p>
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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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