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NETGEAR Announces WNR3500L Open Source Gigabit Router & Development Partner Program

SAN JOSE, Calif. — October 5, 2009 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative, branded networking solutions, today announced the launch of RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L), a full-featured Wireless-N router offering high-performance wireless range and speed along with Gigabit Ethernet ports and ReadyShareTM USB storage access.

The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB is also designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance open source Linux® platform supporting a wide variety of applications created by multiple development partners and the dedicated open source community. Some of these partners include BigFoot Networks for boosting network speeds for online gaming, Leaf Networks for easy remote access, Paragon Software for high-speed USB file reads and writes, and Sputnik for hotspot solutions.

The most popular free, open source Linux-based firmware — DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato — are also available on the RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router, making it easier for users to develop a wide variety of applications. Customers can download the Linux-based open source firmware from the open source community and development program web site at http://www.myopenrouter.com.

“The debut of our open source RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router is significant as it is the first full-featured Wireless-N Linux router to combine wide ranging capabilities, features, infrastructure and a community to enable application development,” stated Som Pal Choudhury, senior product line manager for advanced wireless at NETGEAR. “Feedback and ideas from our open source community have been key in developing this powerful platform. We are therefore very pleased to announce our Development Partner Program, with multiple software vendors and developers creating customized, robust, commercial-grade applications on the WNR3500L.”

Router Features and Performance

The high-performance RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB features a 480 MHz MIPS® 74K CPU core with embedded hardware acceleration and incorporates 8 MB of flash memory and 64 MB of RAM, enough to run even business-class applications. It features five 10/100/1000 (one WAN port and four LAN) Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology with high WAN to LAN speeds in excess of 350 Mbps. It incorporates an 802.11n access point with a wireless repeater mode to extend range. The three internal Metamaterial antennas provide enhanced wireless range and reliable connections.

In addition to its Gigabit Ethernet ports to deliver ultra-fast wired network connections, the WNR3500L router includes a USB 2.0 host port for USB networked storage and for developing other custom applications, including remote access, DLNA/UPnP Media Server support, and USB modem support for 3G/4G/WiMax high-speed cellular connections.

The high-performance WNR3500L protects the network from intruders via a double firewall and Denial-of-service attack prevention. The wireless connection is secured with support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2-PSK, while Push ‘N’ Connect using Wi-Fi® Protected Setup (WPS) enables users to add computers to the network quickly and securely.

For maximum throughput, NETGEAR recommends the RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB be used with a matching Wireless-N client device such as the NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter (WN111).

A Community of Developers

The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB is supported by a dedicated open source router community, MyOpenRouter, which provides open source firmware downloads, applications, forums, blogs, articles, source code and user guides. Members also have access to dedicated and responsive support from open source experts.

NETGEAR is also introducing a Development Partner Program that already includes several software application vendors who are creating custom applications for the WNR3500L router that NETGEAR customers can download and enjoy. Companies include:

BigFoot Networks – Network optimized online gaming

Bigfoot Networks (http://www.bigfootnetworks.com) is a networking technology company that develops hardware and software solutions that significantly improve the online gaming experience. Bigfoot Networks is currently working with the NETGEAR WNR3500L router to deliver optimized home networking solutions for online gamers that combine the performance benefits and flexibility of the Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and the WNR3500L router.

See how Bigfoot Networks pairs with the WNR3500L

Leaf Networks – Easy remote access

Leaf Networks (http://www.leafnetworks.net) software and technology securely extends LAN-like connectivity over the Internet to embedded devices, mobile users and software applications. A streamlined version of this software is available to enable owners of the NETGEAR WNR3500L to remotely access their external USB storage device connected to the router USB port from anywhere, as if it were on their home network, using familiar tools such as Windows® File Explorer and Mac® Finder.

See how Leaf Networks pairs with the WNR3500L

Paragon Software – High-speed USB NTFS read/writes

Paragon Software Group (http:// href="http://www.paragon-software.com/">www.paragon-software.com) is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth markets: Data Storage, including data security, storage and management for embedded devices, PCs, servers and networks; and Mobile Applications. Paragon NTFS for Linux, based on the company’s unique Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology, has now been developed for the NETGEAR WNR3500L open source router. It provides full access to a Windows (NTFS-formatted) hard drive attached to the WNR3500L, enabling all PCs, clients and servers, regardless of their operating system, to access and share files to and from the drive via the WNR3500L.

See how Paragon Software pairs with the WNR3500L

Sputnik – Full-featured hotspot solutions

Sputnik, Inc. (http://www.sputnik.com) offers SputnikNet, an innovative web application that enables Wi-Fi hotspot providers to run free or paid public-access wireless networks of any size, with full control over branding and customer experience. With Sputnik-powered DD-WRT firmware running on the NETGEAR WNR3500L, SputnikNet enables Wi-Fi hotspot providers to build high-speed wireless networks of any size and manage them centrally over the web. In addition, SputnikNet gives the provider flexible control over Wi-Fi branding and customer experience (free, paid, ad-supported Wi-Fi). The NETGEAR WNR3500L is the first 802.11n Wi-Fi router sold directly by Sputnik with Sputnik-powered firmware.

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L) will be available in Fall 2009 through select retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites and value-added resellers. The router is backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, and has an MSRP in the U.S. of $139.99.

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October 5, 2009 8:25 PM

I think the idea behind this is great, however one of the major advantages of using open firmware is being able to keep it up to date and secure. Since this appears to be using a broadcom chipset; which is a 'binary only' blob, you can't guarantee that you will be able to do this. It may not work with newer kernels which would be required to keep this up to date.

This is a real shame. Had Netgear used components with in kernel drivers I think the open source community would really get behind this device. As it is, I personally wouldn't trust it and I don't know that the majority of the opensource community will.

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October 6, 2009 3:34 AM

Time and past time for broadcom to stop sitting on their specifications, then.

I'd still like a *BSD on the thing, so specs are important in any case.

October 6, 2009 5:28 AM

@ Andrew Mason.

Great for pointing that out. Still it should be said that Netgear has been putting out some great products lately. I can wholeheartedly recommend anyone buying that WRT54GL router, featured on Lifehacker.com a while a go.

October 6, 2009 11:04 AM

Hmmm... the one on lifehacker.com is made by Linksys, not Netgear. Which would make sense because WRT54GL is a Linksys part number.

October 6, 2009 3:04 PM

Perhaps Netgear will lean on Broadcom to open their source?

October 6, 2009 8:29 PM

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely think Netgear is on the right track. There is a distinct lack of enterprise routing equipment which can be maintained ( kept up to date , bugs fixed etc.. ) and having an open platform is pretty much the only way to do it in a cost effective manner. Netgear has that spot on...the only caveat is that they chose some hardware which you can't assume will work with newer kernels or custom firmware. Unfortunately this means the main advantage of the entire point of the platform is no longer there.

My hope is that version 2 of this will ship soon using non-proprietary hardware, even if it costs more I'd be more than happy to pay for that. Especially since it means I can support it for 5+ years

October 7, 2009 1:34 AM updated: October 7, 2009 9:11 AM

I think it is very cynical of them to call the product "open source" when in fact it contains vital parts as closed source.

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October 7, 2009 7:39 AM updated: October 7, 2009 7:40 AM

Well it's NOT open source!


October 9, 2009 9:08 AM updated: October 9, 2009 9:10 AM

While it would be nice if this had something other than a Broadcom chipset, most of the security patches can be backported to older kernels of the same series (ie 2.6.x). Redhat does this with each release of EL because some commercial software and drivers will only support certain kernels. So they keep the kernel version consistent over the life of the product but still provide the security updates with newer builds of that kernel.

October 9, 2009 9:57 AM updated: October 10, 2009 9:19 AM

Can anyone confirm if this router is capable of running Tomato, if it is stable, and if so, what version was used?

And how does the router "feel" .... subjectively, compared with lesser machines?

November 10, 2009 9:01 PM

It's November 10th, 2009 and still can't buy this product. Does it exist? Is it NetGear's marketing BS? What the f..k? If you announce it, make it available, otherwise shut the f..k up!

March 23, 2010 2:29 PM

I have to admit that I have not known that NETGEAR has announced the launch of RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L). Very great news I think. Well, I am very interested in software and web development so reading this your post I have noticed many new and interesting information, which I have not known before. On the other hand, I am a beginner developer and some parts or your post was a little bit difficult for me to understand but I hope that after some practice everything will be clear for me. For this reason I have joined to this community and I hope that you will give me some advices and recommendations. I will definitely bookmark your website and follow all your news which will be very useful for me. Thanks a lot for the ability to express my own opinion and keep up publishing those informative and detailed articles in the future too. Regards, Harold Patton from web application development

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