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New Product Offers Solution to Meet High-Speed Bandwidth Demands; Astrocom's IMUX-2000/4 Aggregates Up to 4 WAN Data Links to Deliver Data Rates of Up to 8Mbps.

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Astrocom Corporation (OTCBB OTCBB

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:ATCC ATCC American Type Culture Collection, see there ) announced today the IMUX-2000/4, the first of a family of MultiLink Access devices (inverse multiplexers) that can aggregate up to 4 serial connections (T1, E1, V.35, DSL DSL
 in full Digital Subscriber Line

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
 etc.) over a singe bundled line. The IMUX-2000 family is designed to meet exploding WAN bandwidth requirements in business and ISP (1) See in-system programmable.

(2) (Internet Service Provider) An organization that provides access to the Internet. Connection to the user is provided via dial-up, ISDN, cable, DSL and T1/T3 lines.
 environments by utilizing existing copper, bridging the gap between T1 and T3 service.

Bonding up to 4 serial connections, the IMUX-2000/4 will allow users to upgrade their existing T1/E1 lines to higher bandwidths (up to 8Mbps) without having to install costly T3/E3 lines. The IMUX-2000/4 with an integrated or external CSU/DSU See DSU/CSU.

CSU/DSU - channel service unit/digital service unit
 provides an affordable and scaleable option for applications requiring additional WAN bandwidth without incurring the cost of a higher speed connection.

Bandwidth aggregation allows increased Internet access speed, load balancing and redundancy (if one line goes down, the others remain in service). Should one line be lost for any reason, hot swappable individual WAN interface modules allow real time trouble shooting and repair without interruption of the remaining WAN connections.

"With more than 1.5 million T1 lines in the United States, there are a growing number of companies where existing copper lines are not meeting the current bandwidth demands," said Ron Thomas, Astrocom's CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "The IMUX-2000 is positioned to meet these existing demands by allowing users to bridge the gap between T1 and T3 efficiently and cost effectively."

The IMUX-2000 is standards compliant and supports Multi-Link PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) The most popular method for transporting IP packets over a serial link between the user and the ISP. Developed in 1994 by the IETF and superseding the SLIP protocol, PPP establishes the session between the user's computer and the ISP using  and Multi-Link Frame Relay and can be configured as a bridge or as a router.

Since 1968, Astrocom products have been utilized in hundreds of thousands of installations around the world. These products are used by private enterprises, health care providers, Internet service providers, and government and educational entities that require high-speed digital communications links between facilities.
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Date:Mar 29, 2000
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