NETGEAR DRIVES DOWN NETWORKING COST AND COMPLEXITY WITH TWO INDUSTRY-FIRST SERIES OF SWITCHES

M4200 Switch designed for Wave 2 Wireless-AC deployments featuring 8x2.5G with unconstrained PoE+ ports; M4300 Series with 10G and 1G switch variants interchangeable in the stack

SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 29, 2016 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers, and service providers, is launching two new ProSAFE® 10Gigabit (10G) switching platforms that each offer industry-first capabilities for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) looking to scale their Wave 2 Wireless-AC networks.

  •     1) The ProSAFE M4200 Managed Intelligent Edge Series offers the world's first full power Power-over-Ethernet (PoE+) 8x2.5Gigabit and 2x10Gigabit distribution switch for Wave 2 Wireless-AC Access Points. It's fully non-blocking, easier to deploy, and more affordable than market alternatives.
  •     2) The ProSAFE M4300 Managed Intelligent Edge Series is the world's first stackable platform with edge-to-core 10Gigabit stacking from 24-port 1G to 48-port 10G, including PoE+ full provisioning. Competing solutions for the SMB typically do not offer simple stacking using 10G ports, and require costly proprietary stacking kits.

Both Series offer future-ready design with SDN support, and enable resilient unified 10Gigabit (10G) wired and wireless network deployments easily and affordably, for improved delivery of rich applications.

IT director Gary Girolimon recently installed the ProSAFE M4300 Managed Intelligent Edge Series within the Goffstown School District in Goffstown, New Hampshire. "We've been able to consolidate the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) for one of our public schools, while concurrently powering numerous 802.11ac access points. The M4300 Series routes multiple Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) including PoE phones, and connects through the OSPF routing protocol to our other school network sites. We're delighted with the performance of the M4300 Series, which makes a robust addition to our NETGEAR-powered network."


ProSAFE M4200 Managed Intelligent Edge Series

The first switch in the new series, the ProSAFE® M4200-10MG-PoE+ Managed Switch (GSM4210P) was designed from the ground up to optimize the installation of Wave 2 Wireless-AC access points. It includes eight full power PoE+ and multi-speed 1G, 2.5G ports for 100-meter legacy cable runs, combined with two 10G uplinks for a fully non-blocking deployment of eight Wave 2 Wireless-AC access points. Two of the eight ports also support 5G speed.

NETGEAR Multi-Gigabit Ethernet is compatible with managed solutions from most major wireless and switching vendors. It is the only one to offer 8x2.5G to the access point with 240W PoE available, as well as 2x10G line-rate aggregation to the wiring closet. Plenum rated, slim design and mounting accessories enable switch placement for optimizing access point placement and cabling efficiency, both inside and outside the rack.

"We've seen tremendous interest in next-generation 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi access point technology, but companies are concerned about the ability of their wired infrastructure to keep up with the higher throughput enabled by 802.11ac Wave 2," said Matthias Machowinski, senior research director for enterprise networks and video at IHS Technology. "NETGEAR's introduction of new aggregation switches with 2.5G to the access points and line-rate 10G to the wiring closet enables end-user organizations to cost-effectively upgrade bandwidth and avoid creating new bottlenecks."


ProSAFE M4300 Managed Intelligent Edge Series

The M4300 Series comes with 10G and 1G models in a variety of form factors and PoE+ full provisioning. All 10G ports are independent and 1G backward-compatible for progressive transition to 10G speeds. The M4300 Switch Series delivers L2/L3/L4 and IPv4/IPv6 rich services for the mid-enterprise network edge and SMB network core with unrivalled ease of use: 10G models can seamlessly stack with 1G models, enabling line-rate "spine and leaf" stacking topologies up to 384 ports.

Non-stop forwarding (NSF) virtual chassis architecture provides advanced High Availability (HA) with instant failover across the stack. Dual redundant, modular power supplies equipping full-width models contribute to business continuity management. The M4300 Series is ideal for server aggregation with Auto-iSCSI prioritization: two half-width M4300 switches can be installed in a single rack space for redundant Top of Rack installations. The Layer 3 feature set includes static and policy-based routing, RIP, VRRP, OSPF, and PIM dynamic routing - as standard.

"With the M4200 and M4300 switches, we have taken the complexity out of delivering Layer 2/3/4-rich services, making them more affordable and easier to deploy for small and medium-sized organizations," said Peter Newton, senior director of product management for NETGEAR Commercial Business. "We're confident that both of our Managed Intelligent Edge Switch Series will grab the attention of network managers looking to make a wise investment in advanced switching solutions to better enable advanced application delivery, especially for Wave 2 Wireless-AC wireless networks."


Pricing and Availability

The new ProSAFE M4200 Managed Intelligent Edge Series and ProSAFE M4300 Managed Intelligent Edge Series are both available now worldwide through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels. Regional variance may apply to final pricing for end customers, depending on the reseller and bundled offerings.

  • The ProSAFE M4200-10MG-PoE+ Managed Switch (GSM4210P) has a U.S. list price of $1,790.
  • Pricing for the ProSAFE M4300 Series with nine switch models starts at a U.S. list price of $1,590 for a 24-port 1G model, ranging up to $6,990 for a 48-port 10G model.


More Information

NETGEAR ProSAFE business products provide world-class reliability and are backed by the industry-leading ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty, Lifetime Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24x7 Lifetime Technical Support. Consult the warranty page on the NETGEAR website and your local NETGEAR representative for applicable support services.


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 (WiFi and LTE), 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 27,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 31,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter and Facebook.

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