NETGEAR Launches the First Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Access Point for Growing Businesses
Up to 15 Times the Speed and 10 Times the Coverage of Legacy Networks
High-Performance Wireless-N Access Point Delivers the Performance and Features to Support VoIP, Cloud-based Apps and Video-Conferencing over a Wireless LAN
SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 18, 2009 - NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the launch of the ProSafe® Wireless-N Dual-Band Access Point (WNDAP350), the first full-featured, dual-band wireless solution for growing businesses. The ProSafe WNDAP350 enables business customers to implement a fully mobile workplace while still delivering the performance required for advanced applications that require additional bandwidth such as Voice-over-IP (VoIP), video conferencing, cloud-based applications and more.
"In order to drive greater efficiency and reduce operating expenses, businesses are increasingly enabling mobility, cloud services and virtualization within their networks. These new applications, including VoIP, outsourced applications like Salesforce.com and even video conferencing require more powerful wireless LAN technology in order to support them," said Salah Nassar, NETGEAR's product line manager for wireless and accessories. "These applications need more bandwidth, and the wireless networks need to have greater range so users remain connected within the office environment. The WNDAP350 delivers this support as well as the enterprise-class features necessary for a true business environment. This means top-of-the-line performance, longer reach, full security and robust design at an exceptional price/performance for the SMB."
With the introduction of the ProSafe WNDAP350, business users can now access any application on the network from anywhere in the office using a platform designed specifically for them. The NETGEAR ProSafe Wireless-N Dual-Band Access Point is optimal for deployment of wireless over large areas with support for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint bridging with Wireless Distribution System (WDS). With concurrent operation in both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands, this dual-band access point delivers up to 15 times the speed and 10 times the coverage of 802.11a- and 802.11g-based networks. It avoids interference from 802.11b and 802.11g network devices while operating in the 5GHz radio band. This makes the access point ideal for maximum wireless throughput, supporting bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming video and VoIP. However, it is also backwards compatible with existing legacy 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g network devices.
With comprehensive support for industry standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), this NETGEAR ProSafe access point offers advanced network management by any standards-based network management software. It can also be easily managed and configured using the ProSafe Control Center browser-based interface. Additionally, the ProSafe Wireless-N Dual-Band Access Point secures the wireless network with a comprehensive set of features, including WPA, WPA2, rogue AP detection and 802.1x with RADIUS support.
Not only rich in features, the NETGEAR ProSafe Wireless-N Dual-Band Access Point is also rich in design - ideal for ease of installation and placement. Integrated 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) eliminates extra cables and enables optimal placement of the access point. The metal case is plenum-rated for safe and convenient placement above drop-down ceilings and includes an anti-theft Kensington lock slot. Factory-optimized, internal 6 dBi antennas covered by the enclosure offer both a cleaner look and maximum RF performance. Its simple antenna take-offs also enable an optional accessory antenna attachment for 2.4GHz operation.
"NETGEAR's ProSafe Wireless-N Dual-Band Access Point has proven to be an excellent access point," said Chris Hemmings, managing director of Penguin Internet Ltd. "It is a very well built and extremely stable unit that has been easy to configure and use. We have not had a single lock up or needed to restart it at any time. We've also experienced excellent range, speed and throughput. In fact, this NETGEAR access point has by far the best range we have tested on any unit. It truly is an excellent value."
The NETGEAR ProSafe 802.11n Dual Band Wireless-N Access Point (WNDAP350) is backed by a lifetime warranty and is immediately available via NETGEAR resellers worldwide at an MSRP in the U.S. of $429. Photos and other product information can be found at http://www.netgear.com/Products/APsWirelessControllers/AccessPoints/WNDAP350.aspx
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. 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 over 27,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.netgear.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/netgear.