Beta Distribution is part of Netgear’s plans to reach more networking resellers by expanding its distribution roster.
The vendor covers both the enterprise and consumer markets and the distributor is keen to take it out to its customer base.
Beta product manager Ben Jackson said that the combination of the Netgear name and reputation in the market and Beta’s reach into a wide spectrum of resellers, from etailers to MSPs and everything in between, means this is a tremendous opportunity for both companies.
Netgear joins other vendors Samsung and Billion in the networking products listings that Beta can offer resellers.
Oliver Randall, UK sales manager at Netgear, said that the partnership should enable it to add to its channel footprint as Beta has the reach into the reseller community.
“Our product portfolio has expanded over the past two decades from Ethernet hubs to switches, advanced WiFi systems, network attached storage and smart home. Beta has the inhouse expertise, both in Account Management and technical knowledge, to very effectively support the product range into the reseller,” he added.
Netgear has been building its channel numbers up over the last two years as part of a campaign to increase its B2B sales.
The firm has not only rolled out more product for the enterprise market but has supported the channel with a global programme and greater help for those entry-level partners trying to get involved with the networking market.
Some Netgear wireless routers have a vulnerability which turns over all the data a hacker needs to break into the network.
The vulnerability is found in the embedded SOAP service, which is a service that interacts with the Netgear Genie application that allows users to control their routers via their smartphones or computers.
Network engineer Peter Adkins said that at first glance, this service appears to be filtered and authenticated, but an HTTP request “with a blank form and a ‘SOAPAction’ header is sufficient to execute certain requests and query information from the device,” he explained in a post on the Full Disclosure mailing list.
As the SOAP service is implemented by the built-in HTTP / CGI daemon, unauthenticated queries will also be answered over the internet if remote management has been enabled on the device. As a result, affected devices can be interrogated and hijacked with as little as a well placed HTTP query, Adkins said.
If this is true then the vulnerability can be exploited both by attackers that have already gained access to the local network and by remote attackers.
All this applies to Netgear WNDR3700v4 – V126.96.36.199SH, Netgear WNDR3700v4 – V188.8.131.52, Netgear WNR2200 – V184.108.40.206 and Netgear WNR2500 – V220.127.116.11.
Netgear was told of the flaw and it replied that any network should still stay secure due to a number of built-in security features, said Adkins.
“Attempts to clarify the nature of this vulnerability with support were unsuccessful. This ticket has since been auto-closed while waiting for a follow up. A subsequent email sent to the Netgear ‘OpenSource’ contact has also gone unanswered.”
A survey said that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are worried about poor networking and security.
The survey, commissioned by Netgear which has something of an axe to grind, chose 500 companies with between one and 250 employees showed the SMEs’ concerns.
Three quarters of the firms said having a wireless network is essential to their business. That figure rises to 84 percent for firms hiring more than 100 people.
A large number rely on wireless networks with 74 percent saying it makes the company more productive, and 75 percent saying it improves customer services.
But one in three firms surveyed said they had struggled to install an effective and secure wireless service.
And 31 percent thought about dropping all their IT wireless plans after they’d had bad experience with quality and reliability. A third worried about data security while a quarter weren’t sure how to introduce wi-fi into existing IT infrastructure.
Market analysis firm IDC said that 6.3 million personal and entry level storage devices shipped in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) during the second quarter of this year.
The market includes storage hardware products made for end users, small offices and small businesses.
Companies selling these products include Toshiba, Western Digital, Seagate, Buffalo, D-Link, Netgear and Lenovo/EMC.
The market for sales in western Europe grew 3.5 percent in the quarter compared to the same quarter last year. Western Europe also represented the largest market for units shipped, amounting to 4.7 million units. Those revenues largely came for personal level storage.
The central eastern Europe and Middle East and Africa (CEMA) showed a drop of 13 percent year on year. The drop was because of sanctions against Russia and the Ukrainian crisis, as well as less bandwidth capabilities and the fact not many people work remotely in the region.
The Middle East and Africa showed a drop of 17 percent year on year, caused by political turmoil and civil unrest.