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The new C6250 802.11ac DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Gateway offers exceptional connectivity and super-fast speeds

COLOGNE, Germany — June 5, 2013 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) ( www.netgear.com ), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today the new C6250 802.11ac DOCSIS® 3.0 Wireless Gateway. The 16x4, dual-band, dual concurrent gateway is the industry’s first 802.11ac cable gateway with Beamforming for service providers and will be showcased with a live demonstration in booth V20 in Hall 10.1 during the 2013 ANGA COM tradeshow taking place this week at the fairgrounds in Cologne, Germany.

“802.11ac is already the most advanced WiFi standard available today. The addition of Beamforming technology gives users even greater connectivity and throughput within their home or business WiFi network,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research . “As operators continue to expand their multi-screen video offerings, we will see even greater adoption of both 802.11ac and Beamforming capabilities in cable CPE.”

NETGEAR’s C6250 802.11ac DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Gateway enables operators’ customers to experience better WiFi coverage optimized for a faster, more stable video, voice, gaming and media experience with the inclusion of Beamforming. The addition of Beamforming to the 802.11ac standard creates a more direct, WiFi signal that locks on to each connected device and maintains a strong connection even when you move around your home or business. Beamforming transforms 802.11ac gateways into highly-focused WiFi networks that optimize overall wireless performance and deliver the experiences service providers’ customers want: super-fast downloads, clearer voice calls, uninterrupted HD video, and lag-free gaming.

“Beamforming is the next big thing in WiFi signal technology, and NETGEAR is proud to bring it to our DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 gateways for our broadband service providers. 802.11ac with Beamforming will help operators to support the increasingly heavy demands on the quality of experience within the home network,” said Naveen Chhangani, NETGEAR director of product management for Service Provider Business. “With Beamforming, we raise the bar further by providing significant improvement in performance, especially at long distances where connection speeds and reliability are challenging.”

By integrating Beamforming into the C6250 802.11ac DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Gateway, operators can experience significant value and benefits. Enhanced performance and a more stable connection can help reduce the number of support calls that operators receive related to WiFi connectivity and performance. Service providers’ customers may experience increased levels of customer satisfaction with the reduction of dead zones and performance variation due to device orientation. When using mobile devices incorporating 802.11ac, they will also experience increased throughput for faster speeds and downloads and better streaming quality. Service providers will find the addition of Beamforming to be exceptionally helpful as more and more mobile devices incorporating 802.11ac become available, such as the smartphones from Samsung and HTC that are shipping now. Additionally, standard-based implementation can help ensure interoperability with a wide variety of 802.11ac client devices.

The NETGEAR C6250 802.11ac DOCSIS 3.0 Wireless Gateway features:

  • Integrated DOCSIS/Euro DOCSIS 3.0 modem with up to 800 Mbps* speed
  • Dual-band, dual concurrent AC1600* (300 Mbps @ 2.4 Ghz 802.11n + 1300 Mbps @ 5 Ghz 802.11ac) with Beamforming
  • 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • 2 voice ports with support of PacketCable 2.0
  • USB host port with NETGEAR ReadySHARE ® technology for easy access and sharing content from external USB port storage and printer sharing
  • Support for operators’ initiative of WiFi offload using GRE soft tunnel
  • NETGEAR genie ® support to easily manage the home network
  • TR069 and SNMP tools for the remote management

More Information

To learn more about NETGEAR broadband cable products for service providers, please visit http://www.netgear.com/service-providers/products/cable/gateways/ . To learn about 802.11ac WiFi, including Beamforming, go to www.netgear.com/80211ac

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, 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 36,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 43,000 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

© 2013 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, genie and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. DOCSIS and PacketCable are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. 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, interference, and building construction may lower actual data throughput and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product's compatibility with any future standards.

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, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors,” pages 42 through 63, in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 7, 2013. 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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