NEW GENERATION OF STACKABLE SMART SWITCHES EXTENDS NETGEAR LEADERSHIP IN 10 GIGABIT SOLUTIONS FOR GROWING BUSINESSES

ProSAFE S3300 Switch Series offers unique capabilities for stacking and 10G Ethernet uplinks in an affordable footprint without cost or complexity of big IT

SAN JOSE, California — November 5, 2014 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers and service providers, has extended its industry leadership with a new family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switches, the ProSAFE® S3300 Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch Series (www.netgear.com/s3300). The ProSAFE S3300 Series provides a blueprint for a dependable network that can easily expand as a business grows, exploiting the full power of 10G-capable servers and network storage devices. From greenfield environments to network refreshes for customers who value ease of deployment and management, the ProSAFE S3300 series sets new standards in defining flexibility and choice for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), educational facilities, and other organizations looking to leverage reliable technologies at affordable price points.

Packed with a rich enterprise-class feature set and advanced security measures, the S3300 is the only advanced Smart Switching platform to offer both dedicated 10GBase-T and SFP+ uplink and stacking connectivity in both PoE+ and non PoE configurations – an unrivaled combination that delivers a powerful interconnect solution for access to network core connectivity. In addition to offering 24 or 48 Gigabit copper ports and four dedicated 10G ports (two 10GBase-T copper and two SFP+ fiber), the switches in the S3300 Series come with advanced L2 and L2+ features yet are very simple and easy to manage. While maintaining compatibility with the existing family of NETGEAR stackable smart switches, the S3300 provides SMBs with a cost-effective 10G connection between their Gigabit access layer switches and the aggregation layer 10G switches and routers.

“A key NETGEAR differentiator is our solution-based switching platform. Instead of buying point products, SMBs can rely on NETGEAR for a total 10G solution designed specifically to scale as their organization grows, no matter how big or small the network,” said Peter Newton, senior director of NETGEAR’s Commercial Business Unit. “The new S3300 Stackable Smart Switch Series offers a broad feature set that meets the cost and performance requirements of SMBs on a migration path to 10G. Adding in our industry-leading warranty policy makes the S3300 an attractive package that simply can’t be beat for growing businesses.”

The design of a dependable switched LAN network requires an architecture that can scale as an organization network grows, while still being flexible enough to provide support for faster server and storage connection needs. As SMBs produce and consume more data, Gigabit to the desktop increasingly needs to be underpinned with 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to the core to ensure a consistent, seamless user experience. The more the network has to deliver, the more critical it is for resiliency, redundancy and speed to be built into the design to avoid potential bottlenecks and service performance issues.

"It’s nice to see 10G connectivity on a cost-effective platform. It helps us to connect 10G servers and storage devices to the network and to fully utilize the capable bandwidth,” said Joseph Worrall, founder and business owner of Lakewood Communications, a provider of business IT solutions in Ormond Beach, Florida. “The NETGEAR S3300 switches are the true future-proof offerings that address the customer’s needs for cost-effective 10G solutions while improve resiliency and network up-time through stacking architectures.”

Delivering on demanding tasks such as data replication and backup, virtualization, video on demand, and high volume transaction processing, as many as six switches can be stacked for a total of 288 network ports, with 40 Gbps stacking bandwidth and full redundancy for unsurpassed reliability. The standard inclusion of 10GBase-T uplink capability ensures an affordable way to leverage existing copper installations, so that network managers can simply migrate to 10G connectivity at a pace and time that suits their needs.

“The capability to access information, process data, and communicate with customers is a critical part of business processes, and the need for higher performance and reliable network access extends across all types of companies,” said Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics Research (www.infonetics.com). “NETGEAR’s new ProSAFE® S3300 Series delivers on these needs with cost-effective 10G connectivity, enhanced resiliency through stacking, and improved security and traffic management.”

Price and Availability

The NETGEAR ProSAFE S3300 Stackable Smart Switch Series is available now worldwide through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners (http://powershift.netgear.com), authorized reseller and DMR channels. While final pricing for end customers may vary depending on the reseller and bundled offerings, individual MSRPs in the U.S. are listed below:

The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Kit (VMS3230) includes:

  • S3300-28X, a 24-port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch: $885
  • S3300-28X-PoE+, a 24-port PoE+ Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch: $1,550
  • S3300-52X, a 48-port Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch: $1,500
  • S3300-52X-PoE+, a 48-port PoE+ Gigabit Stackable Smart Switch: $2,550

More Information

The NETGEAR ProSAFE S3300 Series is backed by the industry-leading ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty, Lifetime Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24x7 Lifetime Technical Support.*

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 www.netgear.com/business/products/switches.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQ: 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, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. 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 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. 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.

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* Lifetime Technical Support is provided via free phone support for first 90 days, and via free online chat thereafter. Next Business Day Shipping may not be available in all localities worldwide. Customer should consult their local NETGEAR representative for applicable support services. For more information, see www.netgear.com/business/documents/prosafe-lifetime-warranty/default.aspx.

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