Netgear, Inc. is a multinational computer networking company based in San Jose, California, with offices in about 25 other countries. It produces network ing devices for consumers, companies and service providers. The company operates in three business sectors: retail, commercial, and service provider. Netgear products cover a variety of widely used technologies such as wireless (Wi-Fi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, focusing on reliability and ease of use. The products include wired and wireless broadband and network connectivity devices, which are available in multiple configurations to meet the needs of end users in each geographical area and sector where the company's products are sold. as of 2018, Netgear products are sold at nearly 30,000 retail locations worldwide, and through nearly 25,000 value-added distributors, as well as many major cables, mobile phone and wire service providers worldwide. Netgear was founded by Patrick Lowe in 1996. Lu graduated from Brown University with a degree in electronic engineering. Prior to the founding of Netgear, Lou was a manager at Hewlett-Packard. Netgear received initial funding from Bay Networks.The company was listed on nasdaq in 2003.