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August 3, 2009

Netgear releases Parental Controls for wireless routers and gateways

To restrict access to unsafe websites and filter inappropriate content

By CBR Staff Writer

Netgear has collaborated with OpenDNS in the release of Live Parental Controls. Netgear selected OpenDNS to integrate its technology into wireless router and gateway products. Live Parental Controls enable families and small businesses to restrict access to unsafe and inappropriate websites on all internet-connected devices through the router.

Netgear said that the Live Parental Controls feature is available with the new Netgear Wireless-N 300 Router (WNR2000). The company also plans to introduce Live Parental Controls on additional select Wireless-N routers and DSL gateways.

Accoring to Netgear, its Live Parental Controls enable parents and businesses to restrict access to unsafe websites and filter inappropriate content. Instead of installing and managing parental control software applications on individual computers and other internet-connected devices, customers can set the rules on the router, which can be managed remotely.

In addition, these network-based parental controls also provides protection to mobile wireless devices such as the PSP and iPod Touch, and gaming consoles such as the Wii, when connected to the wireless home network.

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Jonathan Wu, product line manager for consumer wireless LAN products at Netgear, said: “Because the internet exposes people to myriad types of inappropriate content, our customers have expressed the need to monitor what is being viewed on the web in their homes and small offices. Netgear chose to collaborate with OpenDNS to integrate their award-winning filtering technology into our routers, as we consider it the most effective and all-encompassing solution on the market today.”

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