NETGEAR Simplifies Converged Networking with New "Intelligent Edge" Switches and Lifetime Technical Support

Industry-firsts on gigabit PoE switches and uplifted 24x7 technical support enhance unified communication solutions and networked device deployments

SAN JOSE, Calif. – January 30, 2012 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR),a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced four new 12- and -24-port NETGEAR® ProSafe® Gigabit L2+ Managed Switches with PoE+ connectivity. Perfect for organizations requiring intelligence at the network edge, these NETGEAR access layer switches are an extremely cost-effective component of converged voice, video and data networking solutions. Additionally, the complete NETGEAR ProSafe managed switch product line now includes lifetime 24x7 telephone technical support and three years of onsite service. 

This new Intelligent Edge switch family includes the ProSafe GSM5212P, GSM7212F, GSM7212P and GSM7224P models. End users and channel partners choose them to power mobility, VoIP and surveillance solutions by attaching wireless access points, IP telephony equipment and IP video cameras. The Intelligent Edge family starts below $1000USD and includes a number of industry firsts that make these products more reliable, affordable and simple to deploy than offerings from traditional big IT companies. 

  • New Intelligent Edge Fully Managed Switches. 
    This new gigabit PoE switch family offers: 
  • The world’s first distribution switch with 12-port fiber and PoE+ capability (GSM7212F), ideal for campus deployments.
  • The world’s most affordable 12-port gigabit Ethernet switch with PoE pass-through capability (GSM5212P), ideal for deployments with power outlet location challenges.
  • Automatic IP phone recognition and VLANs with QoS configuration via LLDP-MED.
  • Optimized real-time video streaming support through IGMP filtering, querier and multicast VLAN registration.
  • The world’s first selectable mini-USB console interface, a built-in alternative to legacy serial ports and cables.
  • Layer 2+ support, including 16K MAC and 64 routing interfaces.
  • Support for SNMP management software such as the NETGEAR NMS200 Network Management System. 

    Elevated ProSafe Service and Support Levels 
    All ProSafe managed switches now include: 

  • Lifetime hardware warranty.
  • Lifetime telephone, web and email technical support, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, anywhere in the world.
  • Three years of Next Business Day (NBD) onsite service (location dependent).


“In this economy, we can only afford to buy products with high value and immediate return,” says Arun Iyengar, IT Deployment, Inter-Cooperative Council at the University of Michigan. “NETGEAR switches have allowed us to provide ultra-fast, future-proof network connectivity to the hundreds of members of each of our houses, avoiding costly maintenance agreements.” 

“With their latest line of intelligent edge switches, NETGEAR continues their tradition of high levels of features and performance at attractive prices, allowing SMBs to benefit from the technologies often only found in enterprise class devices” says Matthias Machowinski, Directing Analyst for Enterprise Networks and Video at Infonetics Research. “And with enhancements to their service and support offering, buyers can rest assured that they receive the service they need long after the sale.” 

“Many IP telephony and IP camera deployments are still limited to Fast Ethernet switching, which enterprise vendors push on midmarket organizations because their Gigabit and PoE+ offerings are cost-prohibitive,” says Laurent Masia, Product Line Manager at NETGEAR. “Underscoring our commitment to smart IT, not big IT, NETGEAR Intelligent Edge managed switches now deliver reliable, affordable and simple Gigabit technology backed with lifetime support.” 

Pricing and Availability
The new family of Intelligent Edge switches will be available worldwide in February 2012, with US MSRP prices ranging from $960 to $1,350.ProSupport Lifetime 24x7 Technical Support is included standard with all NETGEAR fully managed switches, including the Fast Ethernet (FSM), Gigabit Ethernet (GSM) and 10Gb Ethernet (XSM) families, effective January 1, 2012. 

More Information
To learn more about NETGEAR ProSafe Intelligent Edge managed switches, please visithttp://www.netgear.com/business/products/switches/fully-managed-switches/. To learn more about support for NETGEAR’s managed switches including location details, please visit:http://onsite.netgear.com

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 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR athttp://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR

© 2012 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and ProSafe are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. 

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