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Netgear Introduces Revolutionary New Category of Configurable Switches for Businesses to Build Better Networks

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR??, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) , a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced a revolutionary new category of switches designed for growing businesses with growing network needs. The new ProSafe?? Plus Switch(TM) family empowers non-technical users with new capabilities to monitor and configure their network, helping them build a low cost network that takes advantage of big business network features.

This new family of switches includes two Fast Ethernet versions, the 16-port FS116E desktop switch and 24-port JFS524E rack-mounted switch, and one Gigabit Ethernet version, the 5-port GS105E desktop switch. At a very small cost premium over unmanaged switches, a Plus Switch delivers network monitoring, cable testing, traffic prioritization and network segmentation for better troubleshooting, security and resource allocation, making it far more powerful than unmanaged switches. Additionally, all of these switches utilize Green Ethernet features to significantly reduce the power required to operate, saving money and the environment.

"Businesses are relying more heavily on their networks as they deploy more Ethernet-based technologies such as VoIP, as well as Internet-based applications for email, calendaring and collaboration," said Maggie Wu, NETGEAR's product line manager for SMB Switching Products. "To support this trend, NETGEAR has created this simple yet powerful network switch for businesses. The ProSafe Plus Switch, as an upgrade from the simple connectivity of an unmanaged switch, offers our customers essential network features such as enhanced security, troubleshooting, traffic prioritization, segmentation and monitoring, all at an affordable price."

Key Features

ProSafe Plus Switches enable these enhanced business features with easy-to-use configuration tools. The graphically based software utility enables users to manage network traffic, which has never been seen before in this level of switch. Quality of Service (QoS) features enables users to assign traffic priority based on physically connected ports or prioritize traffic by the types of data, such as streaming video and voice. With VLAN support for network segmentation and security, users can set up network groups to enhance security and use the network resources more efficiently. Plus Switches also offer cable testing capability for troubleshooting connectivity problems. Network diagnostic tools with cable testing capabilities often cost hundreds of dollars, but this capability is included with these new switches.

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