NETGEAR LAUNCHES EUROPE’S FIRST UNLOCKED MOBILE WIFI HOTSPOT WITH FASTEST CATEGORY 6 4G LTE SPEEDS AND 802.11AC WIFI

Unlocked to networks throughout Europe and Asia, the AirCard 790 connects up to 15 WiFi devices to the fastest 4G LTE speeds with the fastest WiFi available in a mobile hotspot

SAN JOSE, Calif. — October 26, 2015 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is launching the NETGEAR AirCard® 790 Mobile Hotspot (AC790) in Europe (www.NETGEAR.com/AC790). It is the first “unlocked” mobile hotspot to provide ultra-fast Category 6 4G LTE speeds combined with the latest 802.11ac WiFi that also offers you complete freedom of choice in wireless service providers.

The AirCard 790 supports wireless service providers throughout Europe as well as many countries in Southeast Asia. (See www.NETGEAR.com/AC790_carriers for a complete list of supported countries and operators.) You simply buy the data plan that best fits your lifestyle, plug in your SIM card, and begin using your AirCard 790, monitoring your data usage through the touchscreen interface or complimentary AirCard app. You can change wireless service providers at will, without committing to a long-term service contract, although the AirCard 790 will support monthly service plans if you choose that option.

Designed for mobile professionals and families on the go who want an easy way to share a single mobile broadband connection, the AirCard 790 mobile hotspot integrates simplicity, usability, and reliability with exceptional features. This lightweight, pocket-sized, portable hotspot supports up to 15 laptops, tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, gaming consoles, and other WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously, making it one of the best mobile companions for a busy lifestyle. With its long-lasting battery, Jump Boost capability, and the ability to automatically switch between 3G and 4G LTE, you’ll stay continuously connected anytime, anywhere, without needing to rely on open, public WiFi hotspots that could put your online security at risk to thieves or hackers.

The AirCard 790 mobile hotspot also offers an ideal connectivity solution for people who re-locate frequently or have difficulty getting traditional broadband at their locations — temporary worksites, student housing, seasonal or holiday homes, camping sites, recreational vehicles, etc.

“With the AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot, you carry your own secure and ultra-fast Internet connection anywhere you go,” said David Henry, vice president of product marketing and engineering, NETGEAR Home Networking. “You can keep your children entertained with streaming video while traveling, or make your in-transit downtime more productive by sharing your WiFi connection with your co-workers. The unlocked AirCard 790 also frees you from long-term commitments so you can choose the service provider and plan that best suit your needs.”

The AirCard 790 has a clean, compact design that integrates the latest 802.11ac WiFi technology and simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi, increasing range and performance and reducing interference from nearby WiFi devices. You’ll monitor data usage, manage network settings and connection status, and receive alert messages through the 2.4-inch (6.096 cm) color touchscreen. Set-up is accomplished in seconds as there’s no software to install and most settings are pre-configured for Europe’s most common telecommunications networks. You can easily connect new WiFi devices with the push of a button, and set up one-time guest access to the network using the latest wireless encryption technology. It also offers a convenient Jump Boost feature that enables you to charge smartphones, tablets and other small portable USB devices.

NETGEAR offers a free app (www.netgear.com/AirCardApp) for its AirCard mobile hotspots for conveniently managing the device status, connection, and settings from an iOS or AndroidTM smartphone or tablet. Download the app from the Apple® App Store℠, Google Play™, and Amazon Appstore to iPhone®, iPad®, Kindle®, and Android™ smartphones and tablets.

Key Features and Technologies

  • 4G LTE/3G support
  • LTE Category 6 (300/50Mbps*)
  • Carrier Aggregation (up to 40MHz)
  • Simultaneous dual-band MIMO 802.11ac WiFi
  • Up to 15 WiFi devices supported
  • ·Guest WiFi access
  • Data usage monitoring
  • Up to 11 hours of active battery life (up to 300 hours on standby)
  • Jump Boost for charging a smartphone
  • 2.4 inch (6.096 cm) color touchscreen
  • NETGEAR AirCard App-compatible

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR AirCard 790 Mobile Hotspot (AC790) is available now in Europe through major e-commerce sites at an MSRP of €399 (EUR) and £299 (GBP).

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 39,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 31,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available at http://investor.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at www.twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

©2015 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and AirCard are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards.

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