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Company extends market leadership in 10GBase-T Copper Switching, uniting affordability with unrivalled feature set for small to mid-sized organizations deploying virtualization, cloud-based services and new applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 31, 2015 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers, and service providers, is extending its leadership in 10-Gigabit Copper (10GBASE-T) switching solutions with the introduction of the ProSAFE® 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T) (www.netgear.com/XS728T). The powerful new ProSAFE XS728T is the industry's first and only 28-port (24 copper, 4 SFP+) 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch purposely designed for small to mid-sized organizations (SMBs) with 10GBASE-T connectivity and Advanced L2+/Layer 3 Lite features. The XS728T delivers unprecedented 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost for small to mid-sized organizations such as businesses, government agencies, and educational facilities. It is backed by the industry-leading NETGEAR Lifetime Hardware Warranty and customer support* coverage.

NETGEAR holds the top position in worldwide market share for web-managed fixed configuration Ethernet switching in both units and revenue, according to IHS Infonetics in its Ethernet Switches Market Share and Forecasts (1Q15 Edition, June 2015). The company offers a complete portfolio of 10-Gigabit switch solutions, spanning small server clusters to network aggregation, and from workgroup labs to network backbones. NETGEAR is the only switching vendor to offer two models of Smart Managed 10GBASE-T switches with different port density options, as the new XS728T joins the existing ProSAFE 12-port 10-Gigabit Smart Switch (XS712T) that was launched with other NETGEAR first-to-market 10GBASE-T Copper switches in early 2013.

At that time, NETGEAR became the first networking solutions provider to bring more affordable 10GBASE-T solutions to user networks. NETGEAR 10-Gigabit switch solutions combine the latest advances in hardware and software engineering for higher availability, lower latency and power consumption, and stronger security. They alleviate performance bottlenecks and enable easier and smoother deployment of services on the same converged platform, in spite of unpredictable bandwidth demands relating to new technologies such as virtualization, cloud-based services, and applications such as VoIP, video streaming and IP surveillance.

"Our 10GBASE-T Copper switching portfolio offers our channel partners the chance to ride the next wave in networking as 10GBASE-T provides growing networks a migration path to newer technologies without sacrificing current hardware investments," said Bradley Verona, the senior product line manager for Volume Switches in the NETGEAR Commercial Business Unit. "10-Gigabit switching solutions have historically been completely fiber-based and thus cost-prohibitive for SMBs. With our powerful new ProSAFE XS728T, NETGEAR continues to deliver the market-leading capabilities and product attributes that SMBs have come to expect in the most comprehensive, cost-effective switching solutions on the market."

With its 24 10-Gigabit Copper ports and 4 additional dedicated SFP+ ports for 10G fiber links, the ProSAFE XS728T Smart Managed Switch is purposely designed as a cost-effective way to provide 10G connections to 10G-capable servers and Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems. It can be used at the center of a small business network or as an aggregation or access switch in a larger organization including workgroup access, connecting to a 10-Gigabit NETGEAR ProSAFE Fully Managed Switch (M6100/M7100/M7300) (www.netgear.com/business/products/switches/managed) on one end and extending the 10G connections to the network edge.

Key Features of the ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T)

With the growth of virtualization, cloud-based services and applications like VoIP, video streaming and IP surveillance, SMB networks need to extend beyond simple reliability to higher speed and performance. ProSAFE 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switches from NETGEAR, including the new XS728T, present the right solution for this requirement, delivering unprecedented non-blocking 10-Gigabit bandwidth at an affordable cost.

In addition to the essential set of network features that comes in all NETGEAR Smart Managed Switches, the ProSAFE XS728T provides comprehensive L2+/Layer 3 Lite features in order to meet customers' current and future needs on virtualization, converged networks, and mobility. Some of the main features include:

  • Advanced VLAN features such as Protocol-based VLAN, MAC-based VLAN and 802.1x Guest VLAN
  • Advanced QoS (Quality of Service) with L2/L3/L4 awareness and 8 priority queues including Q-in-Q
  • Static Routing (both IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Private VLAN
  • Dynamic VLAN assignment
  • IGMP and MLD snooping
  • Advanced Security
  • IPv6 support for management, QoS and ACL
  • Easy-to-use web-based management GUI or PC-based Smart Control Center application for multi-switch deployment

"The ProSAFE XS728T Gigabit Smart Managed Switch worked flawlessly in our test," said John Paul Szkudlpaski, head of IT services for Birkenhead Sixth Form College in Claughton Village, Prenton, Wirral, U.K. "It went straight in as a production switch and my users didn't even know it was a beta switch. It ran our mission critical Hyper-V stack, in place of a fully managed switch."

Pricing and Availability

NETGEAR ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T) is available now worldwide through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels. It has an MSRP in the U.S. of $4,624.00, although final pricing for end customers may vary depending on the reseller and bundled offerings.

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.*
  • Learn more about the new NETGEAR ProSAFE 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch (XS728T) at www.netgear.com/XS728T. NETGEAR offers a complete portfolio of cost-effective 10-Gigabit copper and fiber switching solutions for networks ranging from a few employees to medium-sized businesses and government agencies with remote branches and campus-style networks (www.netgear.com/business/products/switches).
  • Check out the NETGEAR blog at http://networkconnection.netgear.com

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 ProSAFE 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.

* Lifetime Technical Support is provided via free phone support for the 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 .

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. 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.

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