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NEW, IMPROVED XIRCOM NETWORK SIMPLICITY(TM) FEATURES ENHANCED PERFORMANCE WITH NETWARE LITE, VERSION 1.1

 NEW, IMPROVED XIRCOM NETWORK SIMPLICITY(TM) FEATURES
 ENHANCED PERFORMANCE WITH NETWARE LITE, VERSION 1.1


Complete, Integrated "Network-in-a-Box" Connects PCs and Printers
 Quickly, Simply and Cost-Effectively
 CALABASAS, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Xircom Inc. (NASDAQ: XIRC), the leader in portable connectivity solutions for local area networks (LANs) today announced an improved Network Simplicity that includes the latest performance enhancements of Novell's NetWare Lite. Currently available through mass merchandisers, the 1.2 Network Simplicity Starter Pack with NetWare Lite Version 1.1 provides everything users need to network two PCs and a printer for less than $500. By adding Expander and Parallel Port Multiplexor packs, users can network up to 25 PCs quickly, simply and cost-effectively.
 Available immediately, the enhanced Network Simplicity allows users to run NetWare Lite and Microsoft Windows 3.1 concurrently. The software also features full disk-catching and the ability to load serveral .EXE files into upper memory, which results in a dramatic improvement in overall performance. Registered users may upgrade their software free-of-charge by contacting Xircom's Customer Service Department.
 "Network Simplicity simplifies the purchase and installation of a network for the non-technical user," said Dirk Gates, president and chief executive officer of Xircom. "This packaging approach and enhanced overall performance finally makes networking an attractive, approachable option for small businesses. "Network-In-A-Box"
 Network Simplicity is a fully integrated network solution for two to 25 users in small businesses or workgroups who need to share files, applications and resources. It is the first integrated networking and connectivity solution that combines the simplicity of external LAN adapters and the convenience of a peer-to-peer network operating system. Additionally, automated installation software and all of the accessories required to set up and use the network are included in the package.
 The Network Simplicity Starter Pack comes with everything needed to network two PCs and a printer:
 -- two Xircom Pocket Ethernet Adapters for thin wire coax;
 -- two copies of NetWare Lite in either 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch diskettes;
 -- Simplicity SetUp automated installation software and Quick Install card;
 -- Simplicity E-Mail;
 -- cabling, terminators and BNC connectors already attached to Xircom's adapters; and
 -- Xircom's Parallel Port Multiplexor that enables concurrent connection of the external adapter and a local printer to the same parallel port.
 Xircom's Pocket Ethernet Adapters attach directly to the parallel port of any desktop or portable PC, eliminating the need to open the case, install internal network interface cards, configure switches and set jumpers. In addition, Xircom's external adapters provide a universal network connection for mixed desktop and portable PC environments.
 Network Simplicity includes Simplicity SetUp, automated installation software that simplifies configuring and installing a LAN. Simplicity SetUp uses easy-to-follow menus that allow the user to name each workstation, to identify the resources it shares with other PCs and to specify whether or not a printer is attached.
 Network Simplicity also includes Simplicity E-Mail, a streamlined version of Notework Corp.'s pop-up E-Mail and telephone messaging system. Using only 5K bytes of random access memory, Simplicity E- Mail enables users to send and receive messages to or from any other Network Simplicity user. With this pop-up program, users can access Simplicity E-Mail from within their application program by pressing a single "hot key."
 The fully integrated network solution features the Network Simplicity Starter Pack for two PCs and a printer at a new suggested U.S. list price of $499. To add each new PC to the network, customers can purchase a Network Simplicity Expander Pack that includes a Pocket Ethernet Adapter with the cabling and BNC connectors attached and a copy of NetWare Lite 1.1 for $229. Printing devices can be added easily through the purchase of the Network Simplicity PPX Pack, which includes Xircom's Parallel Port Multiplexor and cable, for $95. Xircom's Customer Assurance Pledge and Support
 Network Simplicity comes with a comprehensive two-year warranty including toll-free technical support and overnight shipment of replacement units. In addition, Network Simplicity is covered under Xircom's free lifetime Customer Assurance Pledge (CAP) program. This allows users in the United States to trade in their current Xircom product and receive a 50 percent discount from the list price of their new purchase.
 Founded in 1988, Xircom is the leader in the development and manufacture of external connectivity solutions for the personal computer market. The company pioneered the use of the universal PC parallel port to connect PCs to a LAN and has sold more than 250,000 external LAN adapters to date. Xircom's product line includes a family of Pocket LAN Adapters and External LAN Adapters for Ethernet, Token Ring, 3270 and Arcnet networks, as well as Network Simplicity.
 Xircom's U.S. headquarters are located at 26025 Mureau Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302. Telephone is 818-878-7600 or 800-874-7875. Fax is 818-878-7630. Xircom also has offices in Reston, Va. and Antwerp, Belgium.
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 /NOTE: Xircom is a registered trademark, and Network Simplicity, Simplicity SetUp, Simplicity E-Mail, Pocket LAN Adapter, Pocket Ethernet Adapter and Parallel Port Multiplexor are trademarks of Xircom Inc. Novell is a registered trademark, and NetWare Lite is a trademark of Novell Inc./
 /GENERAL NOTICE: Some of the product names herein have been used for identification purposes and may be trademarks of their respective companies./
 /CONTACT: Deb Cromer, 415-354-8800, or Donna Kather, 714-752-2216, both of White & Cromer/
 (XIRC) CO: Xircom Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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