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.