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New chassis series with unmatched capabilities; wireless controller for higher density environments; high-performance rackmount ReadyNAS for demanding environments

SAN JOSE, Calif. — January 19, 2015 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers, and service providers, today announced three new products providing higher throughput and new capabilities for improved network performance in businesses and education facilities. With these new, scalable offerings for wireless access management, switching, and storage in higher-density environments, the NETGEAR commercial product portfolio offers a solution breadth, support, and price-to-performance ratio unsurpassed in the industry.

NETGEAR built the new products with high performance, flexible deployment, and ease of use in mind. They are designed to enable networks in growing and medium-sized businesses with larger campuses or branch offices, as well as mid-sized hospitality facilities, K-12 schools, university campuses, and growing medical complexes. The new products include:

  • ProSAFE® M6100 Chassis Series: The world’s first under-$8,000 all-in-one chassis offers the densest Gigabit and 10G port solution in a 4U footprint. It’s a fully distributed fabric, passive backplane solution with full management and power redundancy.
  • ProSAFE WC9500 Premium Wireless Controller: This high-performance controller supports the complete range of NETGEAR business-grade ProSAFE Managed Access Points. It’s a scalable, centralized solution for dense environments, supporting up to 200 access points per controller in a stacked arrangement.
  • ReadyNAS® 3130 Series Network Attached Storage: With a 1U form factor for easy rack deployment in businesses of any size, this 4-bay NAS has a capacity up to 24 TB. Its powerful processor supports up to 200 simultaneous users and is especially suitable for virtualized environments.

“Businesses, hospitality sites and education facilities are looking for networking solutions that offer the ability to scale as the company grows, without taking a hit in performance. When they need to add more users or connect more access points or support a new branch office, network managers want solutions that can support denser deployments and possible future applications and devices,” said Peter Newton, senior director of product management for NETGEAR’s Commercial Business Unit.

He added, “With these needs in mind, we’ve set new chassis performance standards with our new M6100 Chassis Series. Our WC9500 Premium Controller supports even larger deployments in stackable scenarios, as does the ReadyNAS 3130 with its more powerful CPU. With all three products, we’re delivering capabilities to meet today’s business needs as well as those of tomorrow. They simply can’t be matched for overall value in their market category.”

ProSAFE M6100 Chassis Series

The new ProSAFE M6100 Chassis Series (www.netgear.com/m6100) is a high-density chassis alternative to stackable switches for businesses. It’s an affordable and uniquely flexible chassis platform that enables high performance, highly resilient, fully redundant and future-ready switched networks from the Core to the Edge — without hurting or exhausting IT budgets.

"The M6100 Series has enabled us to consolidate our switched network to deliver bandwidth and management efficiencies, while concurrently improving our overall redundant footprint for the core parts of our network,” said Gary Girolimon, the IT director for the Goffstown School District in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

The M6100 Chassis Series comprises Gigabit access layer and 10 Gigabit distribution layer switches in a 4U footprint. With more than 1.4 Tbps switching and routing capacity, passive backplane, full management and fabric nonstop forwarding redundancy, the M6100 Series delivers world-class resiliency and scalability. Its operating software and system management features take the complexity out of delivering L2/L3/L4-rich services for enterprise edge and SMB core deployments. UPOE capability extends its potential and delivers true investment protection to leverage today’s and tomorrow’s evolving powered devices.

The M6100 Series is designed for use at the center of a small to mid-sized organization network, or as an aggregated or access solution in a larger campus or mid-sized enterprise branch network. For those who require a resilient Gigabit connectivity to the desktop or 10G for virtualized server and storage needs, the M6100 provides the market’s fastest backplane speeds with hitless failover to deliver enterprise-grade service level excellence.

The M6100 Chassis Series offers multiple port combinations to suit diverse needs, with up to 144-port Gigabit or 72-port 10 Gigabit ports. NETGEAR is offering a cost-effective ProSAFE M6100 Starter Kit (XCM8903SK-10000S) comprising the essentials for a ready-made, turnkey solution:

  • 1 M6100-3S base chassis (XCM8903)
  • 1 blade 40x1G + 4x10G (XCM8944)
  • 1 PoE+ daughter card (XCM89P)
  • 1 power supply unit (APS1000W)
  • 1 fan tray front to back (AFT603)
  • Rack-mount kit (with handles) for 2-post racks and wiring cabinets
  • Sliding rails kit for 4-post racks and wiring cabinets

The ProSAFE M6100 Chassis Series Starter Kit is available now at an MSRP in the U.S. of $7,990. The ProSAFE M6100 Chassis Series is backed by the industry-leading NETGEAR ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty, Lifetime Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24x7 Lifetime Technical Support.*

ProSAFE WC9500 Premium Wireless Controller

The ProSAFE WC9500 Wireless Controller (www.netgear.com/WC9500) is an all-new, fully-featured, high performance wireless controller that manages the complete NETGEAR line of eight (8) ProSAFE Managed Access Points, including single-band and dual-band (www.netgear.com/business/products/wireless/business-wireless/). Designed with simplicity in mind for management and ease of use in dense deployments, it offers enterprise-grade functionality and capability but without the cost and complexity of big IT. The WC9500 is a scalable, secure mobile access solution that can support a growing organization with dozens of users, with up to several thousand concurrent clients across 600 access points in a stacked arrangement of three controllers. It’s the perfect solution for medium to large-sized organizations with high bandwidth multimedia needs, such as growing businesses, K-12 schools, colleges, medical complexes, and hospitality sites with in-room access points.

With its Ufast™ protocol, the WC9500 delivers ultra-fast access point discovery, Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming, a captive portal for guest access, a fully distributed architecture, and ease of configuration and dynamic RF management in dense environments. A pay-as-you grow licensing model of 10 access point licenses ensures that the organization only pays for what is needed. Moreover, the WC9500 is 802.11ac wireless-ready, providing investment protection for future applications or devices.

The ProSAFE WC9500 Premium Wireless Controller is backed by the industry-leading NETGEAR ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty, Lifetime Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24x7 Lifetime Technical Support.* The WC9500 is available today at an MSRP of $5,999 in the U.S. A 10-access point license is available for an MSRP of $1,056.

ReadyNAS 3130 Series Network Attached Storage

The NETGEAR ReadyNAS product line (www.netgear.com/readynas) of network attached storage provides businesses with an advanced and easy-to-use solution for centralizing, securing and controlling access to digital assets. ReadyNAS pairs the latest in performance with the groundbreaking ReadyNAS operating system (OS 6.2) that features industry-first technology in 5 levels of complete data protection, backup, sync, and cloud-based management. It offers innovative efficiency technologies such as unlimited snapshots, thin provisioning, and cloud-managed replication for dramatically reducing any possibility of data loss.

The new four-bay ReadyNAS 3130 (www.netgear.com/readynas-rackmount) with four Gigabit Ethernet ports has a 1U form factor for easy rack deployment in growing offices of all sizes. It has a capacity up to 24 TB of high-performance storage for supporting up to 200 simultaneous users. With its new and more powerful CPU, ReadyNAS 3130 is virtualization-ready with iSCSI support, thin provisioning capability, and interoperability with VMware® and Microsoft Hyper-V® — powerful tools for businesses taking advantage of virtual infrastructures.

ReadyNAS 3130 is available diskless (RN3130) or populated with four 2TB drives (RN31342E). The new diskless edition of RN3130 is available now worldwide at an MSRP of $1,499 in the U.S. ReadyNAS business-class products are backed by the NETGEAR 5-Year Limited Hardware Warranty, 5-Year Next Business Day Shipping for part replacement, and 24x7 Lifetime Technical Support.

More Information

Go to www.netgear.com/business/products for the full range of NETGEAR solutions for businesses, government agencies, educational facilities and other networks. NETGEAR business-grade products are available through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT™ partners and authorized reseller and DMR channels. Final pricing for end customers may vary depending on the specific reseller and bundled offerings.

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 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 approximately 25 countries. More information is available at http://investor.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

©2015 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, PowerSHIFT, ProSAFE, ReadyNAS, and Ufast are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. 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.

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.

* 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.

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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