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Netgear Inc. (stylized NETGEAR) is a global computer networking company based in San Jose, California, in the United States, with additional offices in around 25 other countries. It produces networking hardware for consumers, businesses, and service providers. The company operates in three business segments: retail, commercial, and as a service provider.

Netgear, Inc.
Public
Traded as NASDAQNTGR
S&P 600 Component
Industry Networking equipment
Founded January 8, 1996; 22 years ago (1996-01-08)
Headquarters San Jose, California, U.S.
Key people
Products Routers, DSL/Cable Gateways, Switches, Wireless Access Points, Storage and security IP cameras
Revenue Increase US$ 1.41 billion[1] (2017)
Decrease US$ 86.58 million[1] (2017)
Decrease US$ 19.44 million[1] (2017)
Total assets Increase US$ 1.21 billion[1] (2017)
Total equity Increase US$ 730.49 million[1] (2017)
Number of employees
1,008[1] (2017)
Website www.netgear.com

Netgear's products cover a variety of widely used technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The products include wired and wireless devices for broadband access and network connectivity, and are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region and sector in which the company's products are sold.

Netgear products are sold in approximately 30,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 25,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world.[2]

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Product rangeEdit

 
The AC1900 dual band, wireless router.

Netgear's focus is primarily on the networking market, with products for home and business use, including wired and wireless technology.

ProSAFE switchesEdit

Netgear markets network products for the business sector, most notably the ProSAFE switch range. As of May 2007, Netgear provides limited lifetime warranties for ProSAFE products for as long as the original buyer owns the product. Currently focusing on Multimedia segment.[3]

Network appliancesEdit

 
Dual WAN Gigabit VPN Firewall FVS336G

Netgear also markets network appliances for the business sector, including managed switches and wired and wireless VPN firewalls.

Network-attached storageEdit

Netgear sells premium NAS devices to small businesses and consumers under the product name ReadyNAS. With this storage hardware line, Netgear vies with competitors like Buffalo, Zyxel and HP. Netgear entered the storage market in May 2007 when it acquired Infrant (originator of the ReadyNAS line).[4][5] In March 2009, Netgear began to offer an integrated online backup solution called the ReadyNAS Vault.[6]

Network security camerasEdit

Netgear has a security camera brand Arlo, providing smart home security systems with a wide range of wireless security cameras.

On February 6 2018, Netgear made the announcement that the Board of Directors unanimously approved the separation of it's Arlo business from Netgear. During the second quarter of 2018, it's planned that the Arlo unit will be held by Arlo Technologies, Inc. Arlo is expect to issue less than 20% of its common stock in the IPO, allowing Netgear to hold majority control. Matthew McRae will serve as Arlo's CEO upon the completion of the IPO. Matthew joined Netgear in October 2017 taking the position as SVP of Strategy.[7]

ManufacturingEdit

Netgear outsources all manufacturing to other electronics companies, including Askey Computer Corporation, Cameo Communications, Delta Networks, Flex, Foxconn, Taicang T&W Electronics, Pegatron Corporation, SerComm, Wistron Neweb Corporation and USI Electronics (Shenzhen).[8][9]

Manufacturing occurs primarily in mainland China and Vietnam, with pilot and low-volume manufacturing in Taiwan on a select basis.[10]

To maintain quality standards, Netgear have established their own product quality organization based in Hong Kong and mainland China. They are responsible for auditing and inspecting process and product quality on the premises of ODMs and JDMs (Joint Development Manufacturers).[11]

Security concernsEdit

Various Netgear products that were manufactured by SerComm were found to contain a backdoor that allowed unauthorized remote access to the affected devices.[12] Netgear, along with other companies with products manufactured by SerComm that were affected by the aforementioned backdoor, issued firmware updates for some affected products. However, it was shortly found that the updates merely hid the backdoor but did not remove it.[13]

A backdoor also existed on the DG834 series. Any person who can access the router using a web browser, can enable "debug" mode using [IP_ADDR]/setup.cgi?todo=debug and then connect via Telnet directly to the router's embedded Linux system as 'root', which gives unfettered access to the router's operating system via its Busybox functionality.[14][15] Additionally, a 'hidden' URL [IP_ADDR]/setup.cgi?todo=ping_test also allows unfettered access (on a v5 model a username and password are requested). There is no user option provided to disable this. On default Netgear firmware Telnet access lacks password or other control; on ISP modified versions (such as Sky) a Telnet password exists based on the MAC address which can be found via online websites.

In January 2017, various Netgear products were found to be vulnerable to an exploit that allows third-party access to the router and the internal network and to turn the router into a botnet.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "US SEC: Form 8-K Netgear, Inc". United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  2. ^ "NETGEAR, Inc. - Investor Relations". investor.netgear.com. Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  3. ^ "ProSAFE Lifetime Warranty". Netgear.com. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ "NETGEAR, Inc. - NETGEAR® Completes Acquisition of Infrant". investor.netgear.com. Archived from the original on 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Today @ PC World Netgear Acquires Infrant Technologies". Blogs.pcworld.com. May 3, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Ngo, Dong (2009-03-03). "Netgear's ReadyNAS Vault taps into cloud storage | Crave - CNET". News.cnet.com. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  7. ^ "NETGEAR® Announces Planned Separation of its Arlo Business". investor.netgear.com. Retrieved 2018-02-11. 
  8. ^ "Netgear Form 10-K (2015)". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-23.    This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  9. ^ "Manufacturing Partner ISO Certifications | Regulatory/Export Compliance | NETGEAR". www.netgear.com. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
  10. ^ "Netgear Form 10-K (2016)". www.sec.gov. Retrieved 2018-01-23.    This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^ "FORM 10K". www.sec.gov. 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2018.    This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  12. ^ "TCP-32764 GitHub repository". GitHub. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  13. ^ "How Sercomm saved my Easter: Another backdoor in my router: when Christmas is NOT enough!" (PDF). Synacktiv. 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-25. 
  14. ^ Netgear DG834G telnet
  15. ^ DG834G Embedded Linux
  16. ^ Netgear exploit found in 31 models lets hackers turn your router into botnet

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