Netgear WiFi-N Routers announced: WRN2000 & DGN2000

Sep 29, 2008
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Netgear WiFi-N Routers announced: WRN2000 & DGN2000

Netgear has pushed out a heap of new 802.11n networking devices today, including routers, modem routers and USB adapters.  The WNR2000 and DGN2000 routers are both backward-compatible with WiFi b/g, have four ethernet ports and differ only in that the DGN2000 has a built-in ADSL2+ modem.  Each has Netgear's Push 'N' Connect setup system, which allows you to add new wireless devices to the network with a button press rather than remembering a password.

 

The USB adapters are supplied with the kit versions of the two routers.  One kit includes the WNR2000, the other the DGN2000, and are designed for systems that do not already have built-in WiFi n.

All of the new Netgear devices are available now, with the WNR2000 retailing at $89 and the DGN2000 at $119.  The DGN2000 kit, including the USB adapter, is available for $129; strangely, the WNR2000 kit will only be sold in Europe and Asia, not the US.

Press Release:

NETGEAR Family of New Energy-Efficient Wireless-N Routers, Modem Routers and Kits Makes It Even Easier to Upgrade Wireless Networks and Computers to High Performance Wireless-N

NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000), Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000), Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100), and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) Offer Push 'N' Connect for Easy, Secure Network Connections; Incorporate Multiple Eco-Friendly Features; Deliver Wireless-N Speeds and Longer Ranges with QoS for Bandwidth-Intensive Applications SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 29

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETGEAR(R), Inc.
(Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded
networking solutions, today launched its new family of Wireless-N networking
solutions to make it even simpler for consumers to upgrade their home networks
to enjoy the performance, security and range provided by Wireless-N
technology. The new NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router
with Built-in DSL Modem (DGN2000) deliver the performance necessary to support
the simultaneous use of bandwidth-intensive applications including Internet
surfing, Internet telephony, online gaming, and high-definition video
streaming, along with Quality of Service (QoS) to ensure the right
prioritization of simultaneous traffic.

The Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000)
include NETGEAR's Smart Wizard(TM) installation CD for quick and easy
installation. Once the routers are installed, NETGEAR's Push 'N' Connect with
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) eliminates the need to remember network security
passwords by enabling users to securely connect computers to the router with
the simple press of a button. Both the Wireless-N Router and Wireless-N Modem
Router incorporate eco-friendly "NETGEAR Green" features including packaging
manufactured using at least 80 percent recycled materials, Energy
Star(R)-qualified power supplies, and an on/off switch to help save energy
when the network is not in use. A conveniently accessible on/off switch on
the Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) enables users to turn off just the
wireless mode as well.

"The growing number of home-based productivity and entertainment
applications running over the home network infrastructure is now exceeding the
capabilities of older Wireless-G (802.11g-based) routers and modem routers,"
stated Som Pal Choudhury, NETGEAR's senior product line manager for advanced
wireless products. "The enhanced wireless speeds and greater coverage
provided by Wireless-N technology enables the simultaneous use of applications
such as voice-over-IP, video and multimedia streaming, console gaming, and Web
surfing. The launch of these new Wireless-N networking solutions makes it
easier and more affordable for consumers to replace their existing routers or
modem routers and upgrade their WiFi networks to support these more
bandwidth-intensive applications. The new product family is feature-rich in
terms of performance capabilities and ease of use as well as
energy-efficiency."

In addition to the Wireless-N Router and Wireless-N Modem Router, which
enable users to affordably upgrade their networks to simultaneously support
both new Wireless-N devices and legacy Wireless-G devices, NETGEAR also
announced the availability of networking kits that package a Wireless-N USB
Adapter with each of the new routers. The Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter
Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100)
enable users to upgrade their computers at the same time as their home
networks to support the high performance and long ranges provided by
Wireless-N technology.

The Wireless-N Modem Router (DGN2000) incorporates an ADSL2+ modem
enabling users to upgrade existing DSL equipment and eliminate the need for an
external modem. In the U.S., it is fully compatible with Verizon, AT&T,
Qwest(R), EarthLink(R), and other DSL Internet service providers. With
multiple SSID support in the Wireless-N Modem Router, creating a unique SSID
and security for guest access is now possible without needing to share the
user's own security code.

Mr. Choudhury continued, "These new products boast many of the features,
performance, ease of use and 'green' attributes comparable to the highest-end
routers and gateways, while still being very affordable. Our Wireless-N
Router and Modem Router are not only fully backward-compatible with legacy
802.11b/g devices, but the USB adapter included in the networking kits also
enables users to upgrade their existing computer to enjoy the performance of
Wireless-N at a fraction of the cost of buying a new notebook with
Wireless-N."

About the NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with
Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000)

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with
Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000) deliver the highest wireless performance and
longest ranges to support today's Wireless-N notebooks and adapters while
providing simultaneous support for legacy 802.11g devices. The Wireless-N
Router with Built-In DSL Modem incorporates an ADSL2+ modem enabling users to
easily and seamlessly upgrade existing equipment provided by DSL Internet
service providers. The WNR2000 and DGN2000 both incorporate efficient Energy
Star-qualified power supplies and feature an on/off switch to save energy when
the network is not in use.

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with
Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000) enable users to quickly and easily establish a
secure network with a robust security feature set that includes: double
firewall (NAT and SPI), Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack protection, Intrusion
Detection and Prevention (IDS), WiFi Protected Access(TM) (WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK),
Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Wireless Access Control to identify authorized
wireless network devices, and Wi-Fi Protected Setup(TM) (WPS) for push-button
connection of network devices.

The Wireless-N Router (WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL
Modem (DGN2000) are backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support.
Both are available worldwide via leading retailers, direct marketers,
e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at retail prices in the U.S. of
$89 and $119, respectively.

About the Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N
Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100)

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N
Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) package the RangeMax(TM)
Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (WN111) with the NETGEAR Wireless-N Router
(WNR2000) and Wireless-N Router with Built-In DSL Modem (DGN2000). The two
Kits enable users to upgrade their home networks and a computer to enjoy the
high wireless speeds and extended ranges delivered by Wireless-N technology.
Designed to deliver superior performance and range, the Kits incorporate the
NETGEAR Push 'N' Connect button to easily establish a secure connection
between the USB adapter and the router with the simple push of a button.

The NETGEAR Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) and Wireless-N
Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit (DGNB2100) are backed by a one-year warranty
and 24/7 technical support. The Wireless-N Modem Router and USB Adapter Kit
(DGNB2100) is available in Europe and Asia, while the Wireless-N Router and
USB Adapter Kit (WNB2100) is available worldwide via leading retailers, direct
marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a retail price in
the U.S. of $129.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded
networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium
business and home users. The company's product offerings enable users to
share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and
applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled
devices. As an ENERGY STAR(R) partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent
greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications
set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. For
more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.netgear.com or
call (408) 907-8000.


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