Compaq Unveils First Home Networked Broadband Internet PCs; New Presario Desktops Make Shared, High-Speed Internet Access and Digitally Networked Home a Reality.
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 5, 1999--On the heels of bringing consumers the first broadband-ready Internet PCs See network computer and Internet appliance. , Compaq Computer Corporation (company) Compaq Computer Corporation - The largest US manufacturer and vendor of IBM PC compatible personal computers and servers. Compaq was started in 1982 by three ex-Texas Instruments employees.
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Compaq's new breakthrough home networking solution allows several family members to simultaneously enjoy the Internet without "waiting in line," print to a shared printer while talking on the telephone, or engage in multiplayer, head-to-head gaming. When Compaq's 1.5 Mb Max Digital modem(1) is installed, consumers can access the Internet at ultra-fast DSL connections DSL connection n (Comput) → DSL-Anschluss m , up to 25 times faster than current 56K modems. This combination of high-speed broadband Internet access Broadband Internet access, often shortened to just "broadband", is high speed Internet access—typically contrasted with dial-up access over modem.
Dial-up modems are generally only capable of a maximum bitrate of 56 kbit/s (kilobits per second) and require the full use of a and home networking creates a new, enriched computing environment that will greatly enhance the entire family's computing experience. To make home networking even more attractive, later this month, Compaq will offer a complete "Networked Home in a Box" bundle for as low as $2,478(2), through its "Built for You" configure-to-order retail program and other direct programs.
Building on the success of the popular Presario line, Compaq also announced today several new desktop and portable models that offer outstanding value at compelling price points. For example, the new Presario 1255 Internet notebook with a 333 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. processor, is priced under $1,500, and the new Presario 2286 desktop PC is priced at $699. Compaq also announced the availability of several new desktop PCs with the latest technologies through its "Built for You" retail and direct programs.
"Today marks a significant step for Compaq in delivering our vision of the digitally networked home," said Rod Schrock, Senior Vice President and Group General Manager, Consumer Products Group, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Only Compaq offers the winning combination of standards-based home networking and, through our 'Triple Play' program, high-speed Internet See broadband. access. The Internet computing experience we offer consumers is unrivaled in the industry."
If You Can Plug in Your Phone, You Can Network Your Home
Compaq's home phoneline See HomePNA. networking solution is based on the industry standard set by the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (communications, networking, protocol, standard) Home Phoneline Networking Alliance - (HomePNA) A non-profit association of more than 100 technology companies working together to ensure adoption of a phone line networking standard which should provide high-speed, affordable home (HomePNA). Home phoneline networking uses existing in-home phone wiring to connect computers and operates concurrently with any normal telephone service, including high-speed DSL DSL
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Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary Internet connections, that might be using those same wires.
"Simple and affordable home networking is a key area in which Compaq will continue to set the pace for home computing innovation," said Mike Rubin, Director and General Manager, Presario Desktop Division, Compaq Computer Corporation. "Compaq is absolutely committed to delivering the ultimate Internet computing experience in the home. Our new standards-based home networking solution is a true breakthrough in ease of setup and use, making Internet sharing Internet sharing refers to accessing on unlimited dial up services on different telephone lines at different locations at the same time using the same account .The ISP usually sets a limit amount to reduce unauthorized use. It is not possible on broadband because it is only specific to that line. simple and affordable for all consumers."
"Compaq is taking a leadership role in providing home networking solutions for consumers," said Craig Mundie Craig Mundie is chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. External links
Delivering on its ease-of-use promise, Compaq is including a Home Network Setup Wizard with its home networking solution. The Wizard automates the process of adding any Windows(R) 95 or Windows(R) 98 PC to a home network; a user only has to type in a name for the computer and select "Typical" installation.
Compaq is also including WinGate Home 3.0 Internet Sharing Software from Deerfield.com. WinGate allows up to three PCs in the home to share a single Internet connection and is compatible with all types of Internet access See how to access the Internet. (analog, cable, DSL and satellite). WinGate also records the sites visited and the files downloaded by PCs on the home network, providing an enhanced level of parental control over Internet use.
"The ability for consumers to 'network' their home has always been considered the next frontier in consumer technology," said John Dunkle of Workgroup Strategic Services, a New Hampshire-based industry analyst firm. "However, before that could have occurred, some real barriers had to be eliminated, such as wiring the home itself and delivering devices that are both affordable and useable. With Compaq's solution, for the first time, customers can enjoy true network functionality with their existing phone wires at an affordable price."
New Presario Internet PCs Feature Home Networking at an
The new Presario 5670, the latest addition to the award winning, high-performance 5600 series of Internet PCs, sets a new standard for home connectivity. Priced at $2,299, it comes with a home phoneline network adapter A printed circuit board that plugs into the bus of both user machines (clients) and servers in a local area network (LAN). Also commonly called a "network interface card" (NIC) or "LAN card," the network adapter transmits data onto the network and receives data from the network. , a 1.5 Mb Max Digital Modem, which allows users to surf the Web while making or receiving phone calls, a cable/ADSL modem-ready(3) 10 Mbps Ethernet port A socket on a computer or network device for plugging in an Ethernet cable. See WAN port. , the Digital Creativity Imaging Center(4) with advanced digital editing software, an IEEE-1394 port, four USB ports A USB socket on a computer or peripheral device into which a USB cable is plugged. See USB. , and a powerful Intel(R) Pentium(R) II 450 MHz processor.
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(1) G.Lite/56K V.90 updates may be downloaded from the Compaq Web site when available. The G.Lite/56K V.90 protocol is designed to allow faster downloads from the G.Lite/56K V.90 compliant digital sources. Availability of G.Lite/56K V.90 services will vary by region and Internet Services Provider (ISP), and may differ from V.90 ISP services. Maximum achievable download transmission rates with G.Lite/56K V.90 are currently unknown and may not reach 1.5 Mb, and will vary with line conditions and distance. Simultaneous use of a single phoneline for access and regular voice/fax usage may require a line splitter or filter under certain conditions. Installation of a line splitter is available at an additional cost and must be performed by a local telephone company. (2) All prices shown herein are estimated U.S. prices. Retail prices will vary. (3) Cable and ADSL modem service availability and offering vary by cable and ADSL provider. (4) Works with most third-party devices. (5) Comparisons based on following configuration/prices: All systems include 350 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 17-inch monitor, 56K modem, and an approximate 13 GB hard drive. However, the Presario 5600i for $1609, also includes a home networking card, Ethernet port, and IEEE 1394 port, which are not included on the Dell Dimension V for $1637. Compaq Presario 5600i also includes a DFP port.
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