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NETGEAR 802.11ac Router Goes Faster And Farther With Beamforming+



      NETGEAR 802.11ac Router Goes Faster And Farther With Beamforming+

R6300 WiFi Router and A6200 WiFi USB Adapter now have Beamforming+ for optimal
wireless performance for video streaming, downloads and online gaming

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM:
NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative
products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced
support for Beamforming+ (www.netgear.com/80211ac) on the NETGEAR R6300
802.11ac Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router and the NETGEAR A6200 802.11ac Dual
Band WiFi USB Adapter (www.netgear.com/landing/fastestwifi/). Beamforming+ is
also available through a free firmware upgrade for current NETGEAR customers
of the R6300 WiFi Router and the A6200 WiFi USB Adapter. The new router
firmware improves WiFi performance and range when connecting to other WiFi
devices. You'll see even more improvement in WiFi performance and reliability
when you connect your R6300 Router to a PC or laptop configured with an A6200
Adapter or with an 802.11ac device with Beamforming support. A second R6300
acting as a client bridge would also provide a higher performance solution for
critical video over WiFi applications.

NETGEAR Beamforming+ is a smart, signal-focusing technology that extends
coverage, reduces interference and dead spots, and boosts the speed of your
802.11ac WiFi connections. Beamforming+ refers to NETGEAR's implementation of
the Beamforming standard with a fine-tuned WiFi design for improved WiFi range
and performance, which the company demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics
Show in January.

NETGEAR Beamforming+ recognizes the location of a wireless device on your
network and directs the WiFi signal directly at the device, constantly
checking and tracking moving devices such as your mobile phones and tablets.
This targeted approach amplifies the WiFi signal by adjusting the phase of the
transmitted signal, delivering stable WiFi connections for voice and video.
The result is a highly tuned WiFi network that optimizes overall wireless
performance and delivers the experiences you want, such as fast downloads,
clearer voice calls, uninterrupted HD video, and lag-free gaming.

"Beamforming is the next big thing in WiFi signal technology, and NETGEAR is
proud to bring it to you on our market-leading 802.11ac wireless products.
802.11ac is the wireless standard you need to support the increasingly heavy
demands on your network for voice, video and data," said Sandeep Harpalani,
NETGEAR director of product marketing for retail networking products. "With
NETGEAR Beamforming+, we raise the bar further by providing significant
improvement in performance, especially at long distances where connection
speeds and reliability are challenging. Our test data demonstrates that when
we enable Beamforming+ on our R6300 WiFi Router, we see performance increase
by 60 percent at a distance of around 50 feet when connecting to an 802.11ac
device."

802.11ac for the World's Fastest WiFi Connections

The next evolution in wireless technology, the upcoming 802.11ac wireless
standard is the world's fastest WiFi, providing Gigabit WiFi speeds so you can
download web content faster and synchronize large video or music files more
quickly. The increased speed of 802.11ac technology is ideal for mobile
devices such as smartphones and tablets by providing three times the
performance for a similar amount of battery consumption of devices using the
current 802.11n WiFi standard. As a result, many companies are now releasing
smartphones with 802.11ac WiFi, such as the Samsung Galaxy S®4 and the HTC
One®, with additional 802.11ac-enabled smartphones, tablets and TVs from other
leading manufacturers anticipated to debut in the coming year.

In 2012, NETGEAR was the first to announce an 802.11ac product family to take
advantage of the upcoming standard. The NETGEAR R6300 WiFi Router is the
industry's first 802.11ac router offering Gigabit speeds and supports combined
WiFi speeds up to 1750 Mbps (450 Mbps @ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n + 1300 Mbps @ 5 Ghz
802.11ac). The R6300 is backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n to provide
optimum interoperability with legacy WiFi devices and maintaining maximum
performance on 802.11n wireless networks. The NETGEAR A6200 WiFi Adapter is
the industry's first-to-market 802.11ac dual band WiFi USB adapter that
enables you to easily upgrade your existing PC or laptop to 802.11ac
performance.

Availability
Download the Beamforming+ firmware to enhance the R6300 WiFi Router from the
NETGEAR support site: http://support.netgear.com/product/r6300. You can
upgrade your A6200 WiFi Adapter here:
http://support.netgear.com/product/A6200. The Beamforming+ firmware update for
all other NETGEAR 802.11ac routers is anticipated for early summer.

More Information
Learn more about NETGEAR 802.11ac products at www.netgear.com/fastestwifi. To
learn about 802.11ac WiFi, including Beamforming, go to
www.netgear.com/80211ac.

January 2013 Retail Tracking Service data from global information company The
NPD Group shows NETGEAR to be the market share leader, in both units and
dollars, in 802.11ac wireless routers.

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 www.NETGEAR.com or by
calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and
www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

© 2013 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR and the NETGEAR logo are registered trademarks of
NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Samsung Galaxy S is
a registered trademark of Samsung. HTC One is a registered trademark of HTC
Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change
without notice. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected
performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance,
market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's
products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current
expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including,
without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of
use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use
requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by
real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain
circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet
threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in
NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and
technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction
of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk
factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the
Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the
section entitled "Part I - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 10 through 29, in the
Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31,
2012, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 26, 2013.
NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any
forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances
after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20030730/NETGEARLOGO)

SOURCE NETGEAR, Inc.

Website: http://www.netgear.com
Contact: Jeff Norris, Weber Shandwick for NETGEAR, (408) 530-8458,
JNorris2@webershandwick.com , U.S. Sales Inquiries: (408) 907-8000,
sales@netgear.com , U.S. Customer Inquiries: (888) NETGEAR
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