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Netgear, Inc.
S&P 600 Component
IndustryNetworking equipment
FoundedJanuary 8, 1996; 22 years ago (1996-01-08)
Key people
RevenueIncrease US$ 1.41 billion[1] (2017)
Decrease US$ 86.58 million[1] (2017)
Decrease US$ 19.44 million[1] (2017)
Total assetsIncrease US$ 1.21 billion[1] (2017)
Total equityIncrease US$ 730.49 million[1] (2017)
Number of employees
1,008[1] (2017)

Netgear Inc. (stylized NETGEAR) is a multinational computer networking company based in San Jose, California, with offices in about 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'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]

Product range[edit]

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 switches[edit]

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 appliances[edit]

Dual WAN Gigabit VPN Firewall FVS336G.

Netgear also markets network appliances for the business sector, including managed switches and wired and wireless VPN firewalls. In 2016, Netgear released its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi System. The system uses a Tri-band architecture with a dedicated 5 GHz wireless connection between the router and satellite.[4]

Network-attached storage[edit]

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).[5][6] In March 2009, Netgear began to offer an integrated online backup solution called the ReadyNAS Vault.[7]

Network security cameras[edit]

Netgear created home security camera brand Arlo, which was spun out into a separate company in August 2018.[8] Arlo is now publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, but Netgear has retained over 80% of the company.[9]


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).[10][11]

Manufacturing occurs primarily in mainland China and Vietnam, with pilot and low-volume manufacturing in Taiwan on a select basis.[12]

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).[13]

Security concerns[edit]

Various Netgear products that were manufactured by SerComm were found to contain a backdoor that allowed unauthorized remote access to the affected devices.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[18]

See also[edit]


  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". Retrieved 2018-01-11.
  3. ^ "ProSAFE Lifetime Warranty". 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  4. ^ "ORBI TRI-BAND WIFI SYSTEMS | 2017 | Press Releases | About Us | NETGEAR". Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  5. ^ "NETGEAR, Inc. - NETGEAR® Completes Acquisition of Infrant". Archived from the original on 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  6. ^ "Today @ PC World Netgear Acquires Infrant Technologies". May 3, 2007. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  7. ^ Ngo, Dong (2009-03-03). "Netgear's ReadyNAS Vault taps into cloud storage | Crave - CNET". Retrieved 2011-08-10.
  8. ^ Wollerton, Megan (3 August 2018). "Netgear spins its Arlo smart home security brand off as a public company". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  9. ^ Schubarth, Cromwell (30 July 2018). "The Funded: Arlo Technologies is next Bay Area IPO, coming Friday". Silicon Valley Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Netgear Form 10-K (2015)". Retrieved 2018-01-23. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^ "Manufacturing Partner ISO Certifications | Regulatory/Export Compliance | NETGEAR". Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  12. ^ "Netgear Form 10-K (2016)". Retrieved 2018-01-23. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  13. ^ "FORM 10K". 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2018. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  14. ^ "TCP-32764 GitHub repository". GitHub. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  15. ^ "How Sercomm saved my Easter: Another backdoor in my router: when Christmas is NOT enough!" (PDF). Synacktiv. 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-25.
  16. ^ Netgear DG834G telnet
  17. ^ DG834G Embedded Linux
  18. ^ Netgear exploit found in 31 models lets hackers turn your router into botnet

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