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NETGEAR Introduces 3DHD Wireless Technology for Sending High-Definition Video to Home Theaters Without the Expense and Hassle of New Wiring

NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology provides the world's highest-quality wireless bridge for whole-home high-definition video streaming


SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers, today announced availability of its 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004) with NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology, the first solution capable of reliably delivering jitter-free 1080p high-definition video streams throughout the home with no new wires.

The growing popularity of Internet-capable televisions and other home-theater equipment, including Blu-ray™ players, video game consoles and digital media adapters, often presents consumers with a big hurdle: The home router or gateway which provides an Internet connection is in one room of the house while the home theater system is in another – sometimes separated by several walls or even on different floors. Running Ethernet cables through the house is expensive and time-consuming.

NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology is the simple, fast and affordable alternative. Designed to support the most demanding media streams, the innovative engineering in NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology includes:

* Four transmitters and four receivers built into each 3DHD Wireless adapter for Multiple Input Multiple Output transmission (4x4 MIMO), significantly increasing WiFi range and reliability.
* Dynamic digital beam forming to steer and target WiFi signals towards the receiver rather than broadcasting the signals in all directions, boosting range.
* Space Time Block Coding (STBC) to send multiple and redundant copies of the same data across different paths, minimizing packet loss and improving video reliability.
* A feedback control loop that allows the transmitter to adjust its activity based on responses from the receiver, for reliable video streaming even in a changing or high-interference wireless environment.


The result is carrier-grade range and reliability, capable of sending multiple HD video streams across the home through multiple walls – such as the two simultaneous HD video streams required for 3DHD movies and broadcasts – with virtually no data loss. NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology is robust enough to provide a reliable wireless bridge in homes as large as 5,000 square feet.

"Video consumption in the home has increased at a phenomenal rate and is shifting to the Internet from conventional cable, over-the-air and satellite sources. Our customers are routinely viewing online video content, either stored locally or streaming to their high-definition televisions, and are also moving to broadband digital TV Services," said Som Pal Choudhury, NETGEAR director of product marketing for Core Networking Products. "We created 3DHD Wireless technology to keep home networks from becoming a bottleneck for such demanding streams, while eliminating the expense and effort of running Ethernet cables through walls, floors and ceilings. This makes 3DHD Wireless technology an ideal solution for consumers, professional home theater installers and broadband service providers."

Getting started with the plug-and-play NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless system is simple. One NETGEAR WNHD3004 adapter is connected to the home router or gateway via an Ethernet cable and serves as the transmitter. Other adapters then act as receivers, each providing connections for up to four Ethernet-enabled devices such as televisions, Blu-ray players, video game consoles, digital video recorders, broadband set-top boxes, digital media adapters and computers. The WNHD3004 adapter includes a visual indicator light showing the WiFi signal strength, making it easy to re-position the adapter for maximum reception.

To learn more about NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless technology, please visit http://www.netgear.com/3DHD


Pricing and Availability

Backed by a one-year warranty and full 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit (WNHDB3004) with two adapters has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $259 in the United States and will be available worldwide in mid-November, while additional individual adapters (WNHD3004) have a U.S. MSRP of $129.

More product information and photos of the WNHDB3004 are available at http://www.netgear.com/3DHD


About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and Internet service providers. For consumers, we make high performance, dependable and easy home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, we provide networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of Big IT. NETGEAR also supplies all of the top Internet service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through more than 37,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

©2010 NETGEAR, Inc. and the NETGEAR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled "Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors," pages 36 through 52, in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal second quarter ended June 27, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 5, 2010. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

SOURCE NETGEAR, Inc.

Posted by Shane Sturgeon, November 8, 2010 5:48 PM

About Shane Sturgeon

Shane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.