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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.
S&P 600 Component
Industry Networking equipment
Founded January 8, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-01-08)
Headquarters San Jose, California, U.S.
Key people
Patrick Lo, CEO & Chairman
Products Routers, DSL/Cable Gateways, Switches, Wireless Access Points, Storage and security IP cameras
Revenue Increase US$ 1.32 billion (2016)[1]
Increase US$ 75.8 million (2016)[1]
Number of employees
945 (2016)[1]

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 28,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 31,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world.


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.[2]

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. The firewalls compete in the SoHo and SMB market with Linksys, as well as with software distributions such as IPFire, pfSense, m0n0wall, SmoothWall, and Untangle. The managed switches compete with HP ProCurve Networking and 3Com.

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).[3][4] In March 2009, Netgear began to offer an integrated online backup solution called the ReadyNAS Vault.[5]

Network Security CamerasEdit

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

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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8][9] Additionally, a 'hidden' URL '[IP_ADDR]/setup.cgi?todo=ping_test' also allows unfettered access (On a v5 model a User Name 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.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Netgear Financial Statements 2016". Google. 
  2. ^ "ProSAFE Lifetime Warranty". 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  3. ^ "NETGEAR, Inc. - NETGEAR® Completes Acquisition of Infrant". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Today @ PC World Netgear Acquires Infrant Technologies". 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  5. ^ Ngo, Dong (2009-03-03). "Netgear's ReadyNAS Vault taps into cloud storage | Crave - CNET". Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  6. ^ "TCP-32764 GitHub repository". GitHub. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  7. ^ "How Sercomm saved my Easter: Another backdoor in my router: when Christmas is NOT enough!" (PDF). Synacktiv. 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-25. 
  8. ^ Netgear DG834G telnet
  9. ^ DG834G Embedded Linux
  10. ^ Netgear exploit found in 31 models lets hackers turn your router into botnet

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