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Netgear Intros ReadyNAS Duo

LAS VEGAS -- NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced the launch of the ReadyNAS Duo 500GB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2150), ReadyNAS Duo 750GB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2175) and ReadyNAS Duo 1TB Gigabit Desktop Network Storage (RND2110) solutions, the first members of the award-winning ReadyNAS family of network-attached storage solutions designed to meet the digital storage needs of today's connected home. ReadyNAS Duo brings the award-winning, patent-pending storage technology of the business-class ReadyNAS NV+ down to consumers who demand secure data protection, scalability, and ease of operation, in an intelligent, affordable network storage solution that enables consumers to centralize, organize and share all digital media in the home with best-in-class performance, scalability, versatility, and data redundancy.

ReadyNAS Duo, which supports up to two SATA hard drives, utilizes powerful embedded software that enables users to centrally and securely store and access digital media on the home network. By simply connecting any USB-enabled digital camera to the front-mounted USB port, ReadyNAS Duo quickly and easily copies the photos and makes them available to computers, PDAs and other network-enabled devices in the home or across the internet.
In addition to the users' personal stored digital audio and video content, ReadyNAS Duo also provides integrated support for BitTorrent(TM) enabling users to download digital entertainment content directly to the ReadyNAS Duo and stream all stored audio and video content through a media adapter (such as the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD) into a home entertainment center without requiring any of the network computers to be on and in use.

To protect valuable digital media, ReadyNAS Duo, when equipped with the optional second drive, automatically mirrors all digital data to protect against data loss due to a disk failure. In addition, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) backup further ensures the security of a users' data by monitoring the data for changes and automatically saving it as it changes on the computer. Easy-to-install and use, the self-managing and monitoring ReadyNAS Duo comes complete with a Setup Wizard to get the NAS configured quickly on any home network, is administered via a graphical web browser-based interface and conducts automatic online firmware updates.
ReadyNAS Duo, which performs periodic checks to insure data integrity and safely shuts itself down in the event of any detected abnormalities, offers password protection to restrict access to data where needed.

The ReadyNAS Duo, which works equally well with Windows Vista machines and Macintosh clients, incorporates unique Apple technologies such as Bonjour and AFP as well as a desktop widget to facilitate monitoring and accessing the ReadyNAS. The Duo has been designed from the ground up to support the needs of graphic arts and photography professionals who prefer the Macintosh platform. Once a file is saved on the ReadyNAS, it can be easily transferred and shared between Windows- and Macintosh-based machines.

"With the rapid emergence and adoption of consumer devices that create and utilize a seemingly endless array of digital media, consumers not only need higher capacity storage solutions that offer protection for that often irreplaceable data, but they need a solution that enables them to access, enjoy and share it with friends and family both inside the home and even across the Internet," explained Paul Tien, Vice President and General Manager for NETGEAR's Network Storage Unit. "The success of the business-class ReadyNAS NV+ has created a demand among business users for a more affordable, yet fully featured version, for use at home. ReadyNAS Duo brings all of the key benefits of our business-class solution to consumers combining ease-of-use and native support for multiple operating systems, with fail-safe protection and business-class performance, to deliver the ideal affordable intelligent network attached storage solution for the advanced consumer market."

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