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PC IMAC FOR NETWARE SYSTEMS DELIVERS DEDICATED LINE SPEED FOR DIAL-UP COST

 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Digi International, Inc., (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced DigiBoard's PC IMAC for NetWare Systems, a new communications software package sold in conjunction with DigiBoard's PC IMAC ISDN remote LAN connection cards. The new software connects Novell NetWare servers with remote LANs or telecommuters at digital, dedicated line speed but at dial-up cost.
 PC IMAC for NetWare Systems, a Novell NLM (NetWare Loadable Module), runs on Novell servers and automatically manages the ISDN link. A connection to a remote server is made only when there is data to send; the connection is closed when the data has been transmitted. This link optimization minimizes WAN usage, reducing phone costs by as much as 60 percent over alternative solutions since users pay only for data transmission.
 "The Novell LAN protocol is 'chatty' by nature. RIP, SAP and watchdog packets used for LAN administration could keep communications lines open continuously" said Ham Mathews, general manager, DigiBoard Telecom Group. "Our software keeps the chatty protocol packets local, while sending real user data to its destination. Connections are made only when needed, which reduces line costs dramatically."
 The new software also simplifies connection administration added Mathews. A windows-based, point-and-click network management interface makes it easy for an administrator to reconfigure and control ISDN connections on-the-fly from any workstation on the network."
 DigiBoard has integrated its card level remote access products with the network operating system forming an elegant remote communications system. PC IMAC for NetWare Systems will support the Novell WANIS interface for MultiProtocol Router this fall. This will add routing features to the remote communications system.
 "Customers are very excited about this product since it provides them with a cost-effective way to build their internetworks using ISDN," said Bernard Harguindeguy, director of marketing, NetWare Systems Group Enterprise Products. "We are pleased that our partnership with DigiBoard continues to deliver creative solutions for our customer's WAN connectivity needs."
 PC IMAC for NetWare Systems will be demonstrated in the Novell booth at NetWorld in Dallas, October 5 - 7, 1993. The product which includes both the PC IMAC card and link optimizing software, has a suggested retail price of $995 and is available immediately from DigiBoard.
 Basic Rate Interface ISDN, supplied by local telephone companies, provides up to 128 Kbps throughput over digital dial-up lines. Bellcore and Forrester Research, Inc. estimate that by 1995 nationwide ISDN deployment will reach 69 percent.
 DigiBoard, a division of Digi International, Inc., is a leading provider of remote communications solutions for telecommuting and LAN- to-LAN connectivity environments. Digi International was recently ranked the 25th best small company in the US by Forbes Magazine.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Thometz of DigiBoard, 612-943-0469; or Matt Kucharski or Bob Brin, both of Padilla Speer Beardsley, 612-871-8877, for DigiBoard/
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