NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to businesses, consumers and service providers, has expanded its line of ProSAFE® business-class wireless products (www.netgear.com/business/products/wireless/) with two new products designed specifically to offer easy-to-deploy access for mid-sized hospitality facilities, K-12 schools, colleges, senior centers, assisted living centers, and other multi-tenant sites. The expanded NETGEAR family of ProSAFE wireless LAN products are designed for the special requirements of these markets: built with high performance, flexibility and ease of use in mind, while offering the best cost-performance solution on the market today.
The two new NETGEAR products enable K-12 schools, colleges, senior centers and assisted living centers to leverage wider BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) adoption, while hospitality sites such as small- and medium-sized hotels and motels can better support new wireless connectivity applications.
“We have listened to our customers in hospitality, education and healthcare, and they have told us that they are looking for solutions that enable them to add more users to the networks very quickly and easily, in denser deployment scenarios. They want flexibility in access point placement and in subscription options,” said Peter Newton, senior director of product management for NETGEAR’s Commercial Business Unit.
“To address this need, we’ve designed our stackable WC7600 Wireless Controller to make it easy to manage more access points for denser deployments, and the new ProSAFE WN370 Wall-Mount Access Point offers more placement options. Our licensing model enables customers to pay only for the licenses they need now, with the option to add more as they grow. Moreover, the WC7600 Wireless Controller is 802.11ac wireless-ready, providing investment protection for future applications or devices.”
Real-World Testimonials for NETGEAR ProSAFE Wireless Solutions
K-12 schools are responding to demand from tech-savvy students to offer true 21st century classrooms enabled by new wireless deployments. High performance, reliable and affordable wireless infrastructure is essential for delivering multimedia HD content and for managing and controlling the explosion of notebook computers, tablets and smartphones in the classroom.
Ken Rocha, principal of Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, California, is enthusiastic about the NETGEAR wireless network in his school. “It’s critical for us to have a network that is both reliable and scalable, as so much of our curriculum is now tied to multimedia content reliant on Internet access, and the number of devices tapping the network changes frequently. Moreover, while we need the features offered by enterprise-caliber equipment, we have to closely manage our IT budget. For that reason, we chose NETGEAR and the ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller. It’s supremely easy to centrally manage multiple access points, and we appreciate the flexibility in licensing options that enable us to grow the network on our terms.”
Hospitality sites such as hotels and motels see ubiquitous and reliable wireless coverage as a must-have for both customer retention and revenue generation, as WiFi is consistently named as one of the top decision factors for hotel selection.
“Centrally managing access points through the NETGEAR WC7600 Wireless Controller couldn’t be easier,” said Eric Gorman, COO of IES-NY, the managing service provider for the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. “We’re able to provide both wired and wireless access to hotel guest rooms via ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Points, while ProSAFE WNDAP660 Dual Band Access Points provide high throughput for high density areas such as our conference center rooms.”
Like schools and hotels, assisted living facilities, senior centers, student dormitories and other shared residential facilities need a reliable and fully featured centralized management solution that is easy to deploy, without complexity or high costs. These multi-tenant sites are looking to reduce the costs of running multiple Ethernet cables to each room, so a Power-over-Ethernet access point, such as the ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Point, is a perfect solution.
The New ProSAFE WC7600 Premium Wireless Controller
The ProSAFE WC7600 Wireless Controller (www.netgear.com/wc7600.aspx) is an all new, fully-featured, high performance wireless controller that manages the complete line of NETGEAR ProSAFE Managed Access Points. Designed with simplicity in mind for management and ease of use, it offers enterprise-grade functionality and capability for small to mid-sized organizations, but without the cost and complexity of big IT. The WC7600 is a scalable, secure mobile access solution that can support a small organization with dozens of users, with up to several thousand concurrent clients across 150 access points in a stacked arrangement.
With its Ufast protocol, the WC7600 delivers ultra-fast access point discovery, Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming, a captive portal for guest access, a fully distributed architecture, and ease of configuration and management. A pay-as-you grow licensing model of ten access point licenses ensures that the organization only pays for what is needed.
The New ProSAFE WN370 Wall Mount Access Point
The ProSAFE WN370 Single Band 2.4GHz Wireless-N Wall Mount Access Point (www.netgear.com/wn370.aspx) is designed specifically for in-room coverage for wired and wireless access for small and medium-sized hotels and dormitories in educational facilities. The WN370 has a sleek, elegant, and compact design that enables the access point to be deployed in an inconspicuous manner and to be installed quickly even by non-technical personnel. The WN370 is powered with Power over Ethernet (PoE) with a 1 Gbps uplink and 4 (100 Mbps) Ethernet data ports, plus an additional voice port for connectivity to digital phones. The WN370 is centrally managed by the new ProSAFE WC7600 Wireless Controller, and offers automatic RF and power tuning with guest captive portal and comprehensive wireless security.
Other ProSAFE Premium Access Points
Previously managed in standalone mode only, the ProSAFE WNDAP660 and WNDAP620 Premium Wireless-N Dual Band Access Points can now be centrally managed by the new ProSAFE WC7600 Wireless Controller to offer high-performance wireless with throughput up to 450 Mbps* per radio. Existing and new deployments can now be fully integrated under one management platform. Additionally, customers can leverage the latest 802.11n beamforming technology to improve range and maximize data rates while integrated Power over Ethernet lowers deployment costs. The WNDAP660 has two 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) ports to maximize network redundancy and resiliency. It also offers dual band concurrent service on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands for maximum wireless throughput and near Gigabit performance. The WNDAP620 has one Gigabit Ethernet port and offers dual band availability on either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz band.
The following is the complete list of ProSAFE Managed Access Points supported by the new ProSAFE WC7600 Wireless Controller:
Pricing and Availability for New Products
These new NETGEAR business-grade wireless LAN products are available now through a broad variety of NETGEAR PowerSHIFT partners and authorized reseller and DMR channels. Below are the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) in the U.S., although final pricing for the end customer may vary depending on the reseller and bundled offerings:
NETGEAR ProSAFE business products provide world-class reliability and are backed by the industry-leading ProSAFE Lifetime Hardware Warranty and Lifetime Next Business Day** replacement.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. 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 approximately 49,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 39,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.