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BayStack 350T 10/100 Autosense Switch Receives Rave Reviews from Independent Labs and Customers

 BayStack 350F Begins Shipping This Month


SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Networks(R), Inc. (NYSE: BAY) today announced that two independent labs awarded the BayStack(TM) 350T 10/100 Mbps workgroup Autosense switch top honors. LAN Times named the 350T switch the "Best of Times" and Network Computing gave it the "Editor Refuses to Give It Back" award. The test results explain why resellers have reported high demand for the switch. Bay also announced that later this month the BayStack 350F 10/100 switch which supports 100 Mbps fiber on two ports begins shipping. The BayStack 350 switches ease the burden of the network administration staff by automatically determining which users have 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps capabilities and match them to the bandwidth they require, a prime example of Bay Networks' strategy of delivering Adaptive Networks which provide high-level services while reducing network complexity.

In its June issue, Network Computing published a stand-alone review of the BayStack 350T switch. The results indicated that the switch has a 100% forwarding rate without packet loss and it exceeded the performance of all of the switches tested in a March, 1997 Ethernet switch comparative review.

"Nearly all new networking products claim to be smaller, better, faster and cheaper, but few live up to these ideals. The engineers at Bay Networks, however, have created a product that does," said Mark Degner, network engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering in the June 1997 issue of Network Computing. "Bay has produced the 350T, the fastest 10/100 Mbps switch Network Computing has tested. The Bay switch's performance exemplifies the best in its class."

In its May 12, 1997 issue, LAN Times published an Ethernet Comparison which evaluated four competitive 10/100 Mbps switches including Bay Networks' BayStack 350T Autosense switch. The BayStack 350T switch performed extremely well and was honored with the "Best of Times Award."

"We were very impressed with Bay Networks new BayStack 350T," said Tere' Parnell, LAN Times lab director, in the May 12, 1997 issue of LAN Times. "You rarely find all these features, comprehensive manageability, and excellent performance in a low-priced 10/100 Mbps switch. At $3,995, the BayStack 350T is inexpensive enough to put in a small workgroup, but big and manageable enough to stack for large ones... For these reasons, we gave it our Best of Times Award."

Testing editors are not alone in their enthusiasm for the BayStack 350T switch; resellers are pleased with customer response to the product.

"Our customers are adopting switching in their networks, with many of them considering Fast Ethernet," said Elisa Reid, Bay Networks marketing manager at Anixter Inc., a leading worldwide reseller. "The BayStack 350T provides these customers with a great amount of flexibility for designing their networks today while preparing to migrate to higher speed technologies in the future -- all at a favorable price performance."

"The BayStack 350T has rapidly become one of our most popular products," said Chris Becerra, senior account manager at ARCOM ELECTRONICS. "Its low $249 per port price combined with its flexibility, performance and ease-of-use make it an optimal solution for networks of all sizes, making it a hit with our customers."

The BayStack 350F switch will begin shipping this month offering customers another layer of flexibility by allowing them to connect to 100 Mbps fiber. The switch features two 100 Mbps fiber ports, half- or full-duplex, and 12 10/100 Mbps Ethernet UTP Autosense ports, half- or full-duplex.

"We are pleased that LAN Times and Network Computing have recognized the technical achievement of the BayStack 350T by honoring it in their publications," said Paul Woodruff, director of product management at Bay Networks. "We designed the BayStack 350T with our customers in mind. Bay's Autosense technology is part of the company's overall strategy to provide our customers Adaptive Networks that protect their investment. The BayStack 350T allows customers to migrate to Fast Ethernet at their own pace, without forcing them to 'forklift' existing equipment at great expense each time a segment is upgraded to Fast Ethernet."

About the BayStack 350

The BayStack 350 Autosense switch was designed to make switch buying easier -- network managers can meet all of their current and future wiring closet switching requirements with just one switch, because there is a built- in upgrade path to Fast Ethernet. The versatile switch can be used as a 10 Mbps segment switch, a 10+100 Mbps segment switch, a 10+100 Mbps desktop switch, a 100 Mbps segment switch or a 100 Mbps desktop switch.

Other features of the BayStack 350 Autosense switch include: 1.2 Gbps switch fabric bandwidth; 8,192 MAC address capacity; 1.6 million packets per second (Mpps) forwarding rate; low latency; and 256 KB buffers per port pair. The BayStack 350 Autosense switch also supports virtual networking with 8 port-based VLANs. The switch is fully standards-compliant, including IEEE 802.3u Auto-Negotiation for the autosensing capabilities and 802.1D Spanning Tree protocol for network reliability.

The BayStack 350 Autosense switch is supported by Bay Networks' award- winning Optivity(R) Enterprise, Optivity Campus and EZ LAN Management software applications. Customers can also configure the switch through an easy-to-use console port or Telenet interface.

Pricing and Availability

The BayStack 350 Autosense Switch is available in two models. The Model 350T Autosense Switch offers 16 Autosense 10/100 Mbps UTP ports for $3995. Customers can purchase the Model 350T today from Bay Networks authorized resellers. The Model 350F Autosense Switch will offer 12 Autosense 10/100 Mbps UTP ports and two 100 Mbps fiber ports for $4995 and will begin shipping in June 1997.

About Bay Networks

Bay Networks, Inc. is a leader in the worldwide networking market, providing a complete line of products that serve corporate enterprises, service providers and telecommunications carriers. The company offers frame and ATM switches, routers, shared media, remote and Internet access solutions, IP services and network management applications, all integrated by Bay Networks' Adaptive Networking strategy. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Bay Networks markets its products and services around the world, providing 7x24 support coverage. For additional information visit the company's World Wide Web site at http://www.baynetworks.com or call 800-8-BAYNET.

This release, other than historical financial information, may consist of forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. For instance, factors which could cause results to differ from future events include the rate of adoption of new technology, competitive pricing actions and marketing programs, among others. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Bay Networks with the S.E.C., specifically the most recent reports on forms 10-K and 1O-Q, which identify important risk factors which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

Bay Networks and Optivity are registered trademarks of Bay Networks, Inc. BayStack is a trademark of Bay Networks, Inc. Other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

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