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COMPATIBLE SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES LOW COST RISC BASED ETHERNET TO ETHERNET ROUTER (Product Announcement)

 COMPATIBLE SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES LOW COST RISC BASED
 ETHERNET TO ETHERNET ROUTER
 /ADVANCE/ BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Compatible Systems today announced the RISC Router 3000E(A), A RISC-based two-port Ethernet-to-Ethernet gateway/router designed primarily for use on local area networks which include Apple Macintosh computers. Company officials said the router will initially support AppleTalk, TCP/IP, and DECnet networking protocols. Scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 1992, the base model of the RISC Router 3000E is expected to carry a list price of $2,995.
 "As the installed base of Macintoshes continues to move to Ethernet, our customers have begun asking us for a reasonably priced Ethernet-to-Ethernet router to isolate Macintosh workgroups from Ethernet backbone traffic, and to allow AppleTalk software protocols to be efficiently encapsulated in TCP/IP and DECnet packets for transmission across Ethernet backbones," said Matt McConnell, president of Compatible Systems. "We are excited about the price-performance level that the RISC Router 3000E will bring to the market."
 The company is planning to include many features in the RISC Router 3000E which were originally developed for use on its family of LocalTalk to Ethernet routers. Those features will include the Enhanced Network Security protocol, for providing password protection to individual network devices, and management software which includes extensive network diagnostics and configuration features.
 Functionality in the TCP/IP environment will include the management of static and dynamic IP addresses for Macintosh computers running Apple's MacTCP software, specification of IP subnetting, support for the SNMP management protocol and the atalked router administration protocol, and support for the RIP routing protocol.
 The router will also support AppleTalk in IP and AppleTalk in DECnet tunnels, which are frequently used in larger network environments. "We expect that the RISC CPU will provide excellent Tunneling performance," said McConnell.
 The base model of RISC Router 3000E will include two Ethernet ports, independently configurable for thick or thin-wire operation, with each port supported by its own direct memory access (DMA) channel. Network protocol information will be processed, and routes determined , by a 25Mhz variant of the MIPS Computer R3000A RISC chip. The base unit is also expected to include 1M Byte of RAM, upgradeable to a maximum of 16 M Bytes, for buffering network packets, and 256K of Flash EEPROM, for holding routing software and router configuration information on-board.
 Compatible Systems products are available through resellers by contacting Compatible Systems at 800-356-0283.
 Based in Boulder, Colo., Compatible Systems was founded in 1985 to develop, manufacture and market Macintosh connectivity products. The company also manufactures a full line of Macintosh Ethernet adapters, and the Ether Route(A) Line of LocalTalk to Ethernet routers. For further information, contact Compatible Systems Corporation, P.O. Drawer 17220, Boulder, CO, 80308, Voice, 800-356-0283, or 303-444-9532, Fax, 303-444-9595.
 (A) RISC Router and Ether Route are trademarks of Compatible Systems Corporation. All other product names are trademarks of their respective manufacturers.
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 /CONTACT: Matt McConnell, president of Compatible Systems Corp., 800-356-0283, or 303-444-9532, or Sally Smith of SSSmith & Associates, 513-438-1133, for Compatible Systems Corp./ CO: Compatible Systems Corporation ST: Colorado IN: CPR SU: PDT


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