Netgear delivers new dual band products

NETGEAR’s new 802.11a/b/g Dual-Band Tri-Mode product line is designed to provide business-class wireless users universal compatibility at the highest speeds.

Based on this technology, NETGEAR is scheduled to ship in March 2003 the NETGEAR Dual-Band 802.11a/g PC Card, providing wireless users universal compatibility with all of the currently deployed IEEE standard WLAN protocols at the fastest possible wireless speeds. NETGEAR will soon follow with the NETGEAR Dual-Band 802.11a/g Access Point and the NETGEAR Dual-Band 802.11a/g Router. All the products are designed to work in a tri-mode environment. With the recent IEEE approval of draft 6.1 of the .11g standard, NETGEAR is prepared to make its 802.11a/b/g products available and anticipates easy compliance to the final specification expected to be ratified by IEEE in the coming months.

NETGEAR and Atheros first began working together with the introduction of NETGEAR’s line of 802.11a products for business-class wireless networking based on the Atheros AR5000 chipset. The collaboration between the two companies continued with the shipment of the first 802.11a/b Dual Band PC Card, and now extends to 802.11a/b/g. The numerous awards and accolades for performance received against higher-priced, enterprise-focused competitors confirms the technology leadership NETGEAR and Atheros have forged to deliver business-class wireless networking solutions.

“We are very excited to continue our working relationship with Atheros through which we’ll bring to market a dual-band/tri-mode networking solution that integrates their superior implementation of the high-performance 802.11a standard with the compatibility benefits of the 802.11b/g specifications,” said Patrick Lo, CEO and chairman of NETGEAR, “We believe this collaboration will result in the best possible implementation of 802.11a/b/g technology for users seeking to establish or expand their network infrastructure with a cost-effective business-class wireless networking solution.”

“We expect 802.11a/b/g products to accelerate the adoption rate of wireless LANs and to prompt the migration from single- to multi-mode in the small-to-medium business and enterprise sectors,” explained Rich Redelfs, president and CEO of Atheros Communications. “Users don’t want to worry about which flavor of wireless network is available, they just want to connect at the fastest possible speed regardless of environment. Because of NETGEAR’s reputation for quality, reliability and performance in the wireless LAN industry, we are excited to collaborate with them in bringing this much-anticipated technology to market.”

By combining the business-class benefits of 802.11a, including less interference, support of more users, and improved security, with the compatibility of 802.11b/g accommodating users in Hot Spots and at home, NETGEAR’s Dual-Band Tri Mode product line is designed to deliver the quality, reliability, and high performance small and medium business customers have come to expect from NETGEAR.