NETGEAR Powers The Converged Network With New Family Of Affordable Managed Switches

  NETGEAR Powers The Converged Network With New Family Of Affordable Managed

M4100 series first to support redundant and external power supply options
scaling up to PoE+ full power applications for SMB customers

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 25, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM:
NTGR) (, a global networking company that delivers innovative
products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is introducing the
new NETGEAR ProSafe® Intelligent Edge M4100 series
( of managed switches, a broad portfolio of
cost-effective Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet access layer solutions for
small and medium businesses (SMBs), educational institutions, hospitals,
government agencies, and other networks supporting fewer than 500 users. The
M4100 series delivers an unbeatable combination of performance, security and
convergence for voice, video and data networking solutions at an extremely
attractive price point.

The NETGEAR Intelligent Edge M4100 series consists of 12 fully managed switch
products in desktop and rackmount form factors, ranging from 8-port Fast
Ethernet and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to 50-port Gigabit Ethernet and PoE
Plus (up to 30W), and power budgets ranging from 66W to 1,440W. The series is
ideal for all organizations needing reliable, affordable and simple access
layer switching with CLI, scripting and IPv4 static L3 routing, IPv4/IPv6 ACLs
and QoS. The advanced features of the M4100 series — such as Redundant and
External Power Supply (RPS and EPS) options — facilitate, improve, or secure
convergent applications such as VoIP deployment, IPTV and video surveillance
installations, and wireless access point infrastructures.

Due to the wide adoption of virtualization, the convergence of voice, video,
and data and the rapid proliferation of bandwidth-intensive applications such
as IP phones and cameras, small and mid-sized businesses, hospitals and
schools today have bandwidth needs similar to those of large enterprises. For
the same price as low-end solutions currently on the market aimed at SMBs,
NETGEAR is offering high-end features that have so far been limited to
enterprise-class offerings only available at double or triple the price point.
In contrast, the new M4100 series starts at merely $19 per port for Fast
Ethernet PoE models, and at an affordable $32 per port for Gigabit PoE+

"The access layer switches of the M4100 series bring users an incredibly rich
feature set coupled with PoE+ scalability to full power that's simply
unheard-of in an entry-level switch. I would never have expected to be able to
afford these benefits at a price point that's economical for smaller
networks," said Paul Blas, co-founder of Plan Design Build, Inc., a complete
IT solution company based in Dallas, Texas ( "I would be
happy to deploy the M4100 series at any of my client premises as a proficient
component of secure, converged voice, video and data networking solutions."

"We've recently noticed the rapid proliferation of entry-level managed
switches aimed at SMBs which are deficient in both hardware and software
features, so we decided to address this opportunity," said Maggie Wu, senior
product line manager for NETGEAR Switching Products. "NETGEAR has developed
the M4100 Series for smaller networks, at a competitive price point, but
packed with the latest feature enhancements of higher end, more demanding
solutions traditionally designed for the enterprise market. We're confident
that alternative solutions for SMBs simply do not offer the breadth of
features we've built into the M4100 series."

The Intelligent Edge M4100 series offers many innovative benefits to network
administrators and IT personnel, particularly because of its flexible,
scalable power usage options:

  oEnhanced security and availability, including network access control and
    isolation, Spanning Tree topology enforcement, Denial of Service
    protection, power redundancy, and supplemental PoE power
  oImproved convergence of voice, video and data, such as LLDP-MED for
    automatic configuration of IP Phones, best-in-class multicast filtering
    and MVR VLAN forwarding, and private VLAN Layer 2 isolation across the
    entire network
  oInvestment protection thanks to an expandable PoE power budget (up to
    1,440W PoE budget per switch), scalability up to full PoE+ power across
    all ports, and with various RPS protections for uninterruptible operation

The M4100 series are the first SMB switches with both Redundant and External
Power Supply capability, key for critical applications such as VoIP, IP
surveillance and wireless access points. PoE devices gobble increasing amounts
of PoE power, yet existing SMB switching solutions from other vendors don't
scale to full power. Although most servers in SMB networks have dual power
supplies, switches in SMB networks have not – until now.

Select desktop switches in the M4100 series can be powered by PoE as a
cost-effective solution when there is no existing wiring, as the switch can
draw power from the wiring closet. The flexibility of a PoE switch is also
convenient for meeting rooms and open spaces where visible electrical wiring
is unsightly or impractical.

Key Features of the Intelligent Edge M4100 series:

  oIPv4/IPv6 Layer 2+ with IPv4 L3 static routing
  o16K MAC addresses
  oProtocol-based Auto-VoIP and Voice-VLAN
  oACLs, CoS and L3/L4 Diffserv prioritization
  oMulticast VLAN Registration (MVR)
  oAdvanced Multicast filtering with IGMP/MLD, Proxy and Querier modes
  oProxy ARP and Private VLANs advanced security
  oOptional Redundant and External Power Supply (RPS/EPS)
  oIngress granularity down to 1Kbps
  oHTTPs Web GUI and Telnet/SSH CLI
  oEEE Energy Efficient Ethernet compliance

"Networking is a critical underpinning of IT infrastructure, and as
organizations deploy more demanding new applications and services, we've seen
a significant uptick in demand for advanced switching solutions over the past
year," said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks
and video at Infonetics Research ( "The new NETGEAR M4100
series of managed switches strike the right balance between delivering
advanced features and maintaining a competitive price structure, making them a
perfect fit for smaller businesses and cost-conscious organizations who need
high value and a rapid return on their IT investments."

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR ProSafe Intelligent Edge M4100 series will become available in
April through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners
( and authorized reseller, DMR, and ecommerce

While pricing for the end customer may vary depending on the reseller,
individual MSRP prices for the 12 switches in the U.S. are listed below:

  oM4100-D10-POE, an 8-port PoE Fast Ethernet desktop Managed Switch: $350
  oM4100-26-POE, a 24-port PoE Fast Ethernet Managed Switch: $705
  oM4100-50-POE a 48-port PoE Fast Ethernet Managed Switch: $1,180
  oM4100-D12G, a 12-port Gigabit desktop Managed Switch: $310
  oM4100-D12G-POE+, a 12-port PoE+ Gigabit desktop Managed Switch: $960
  oM4100-12GF, a 12-port Fiber Gigabit Managed Switch: $1,090
  oM4100-12G-POE+, a 12-port PoE+ Gigabit Managed Switch: $1,190
  oM4100-26G, a 26-port Gigabit Managed Switch: $642
  oM4100-50G, a 50-port Gigabit Managed Switch: $1,099
  oM4100-26G-POE, a 24-port PoE Gigabit Managed Switch: $875
  oM4100-24G-POE+, a 24-port PoE+ Gigabit Managed Switch: $1,350
  oM4100-50G-POE+ a 48-port PoE+ Gigabit Managed Switch: $1,990

More Information
All NETGEAR switches provide world-class reliability and are backed by the
industry-leading ProSafe Lifetime Hardware Warranty and 24x7 technical support
that connects businesses directly with experienced switching experts. The
ProSafe Intelligent Edge M4100 series also includes ProSupport™ Lifetime 24x7
Advanced Technical Support in addition to a 3-Year Next Business Day Onsite
Hardware Replacement.

Learn more about the NETGEAR ProSafe Intelligent Edge M4100 series at For information on the full range of NETGEAR
ProSafe Fully Managed, Smart, and Plus switches for businesses, government
agencies, educational facilities and other networks, go to

About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers
innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For
consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home
networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the
Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides
networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of
big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven,
whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a
variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with
a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in
approximately 35,000 retail locations around the globe, and through
approximately 41,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in
San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an
ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at or by
calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at and

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