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SMC Wireless Network Connects PGA Tournament.

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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2003

SMC Wireless networking products, chosen for high signal

quality, connect players' tent with hotel network for the

84 Lumber Classic Tournament at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa

SMC(R) Networks (www.smc.com), leading provider of networking solutions for the Enterprise, the SMB and all the way home, today announced that its wireless networking products are providing connectivity to the players' tent at the 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania, this week's stop for the PGA Tour: Sept. 15-21 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa in Farmington, Pa.

An EZ Connect(TM) Turbo 2.4GHz 11/22 Mbps Auto-Sensing Wireless Bridge (SMC2482W), initiates wireless connectivity from the wired hotel network, and an SMC 2.4GHz High-Gain Antenna Ceiling Box Kit (SMCANT-CEILINGBOX) ensures that the connection is strong and clean all the way out to the concierge station at the players' tent -- between 300 and 400 yards away. Players use the tent as a locker room, dining facility and escape, so concierge services are in demand there. At the concierge station at the players' tent, hotel staff use notebook computers equipped with SMC's award-winning EliteConnect(TM) 2.4GHz 802.11b High Power Wireless PC Card (SMC2532W-B) to connect to the hotel network to order services, make reservations, and perform other concierge functions for PGA players, officials and guests without having to make phone calls or leave the tent.

"We tested several different vendors' products to set up this network: Cisco, Orinoco, even SOHO vendors like Linksys and NetGear," said Aaron Raffle, president and CEO of the firm that set up the system for the event at Nemacolin, Aaron M. Raffle & Associates Inc. "Frankly, the SMC solution had the best signal strength and overall quality. Their staff had a lot to do with it, too," added Raffle. "They were by far the most helpful. SMC's support staff interacted with us like members of the team."

After this year's 84 Lumber Classic concludes, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa plans to use the wireless network to support other functions and events, as well as to set up remote check-in stations during busy times.

About the Products Used

The EZ Connect(TM) Turbo 2.4GHz 11/22 Mbps Auto-Sensing Wireless Bridge (SMC2482W) is an IEEE 802.11b standards-based Wireless Bridge that supports high data transmission rates of up to 22 Mbps. Designed to connect two or more separated Local Area Networks, it provides coverage at up to 20 miles (with the use of optional SMC high gain antennas), and is the easiest alternative to a traditional wired network. Its Packet Binary Convolutional Coding (PBCC) modulation technology supports its high data rate of up to 22 Mbps, with automatic fallback to 11, 5.5, 2, 1 Mbps. It operates in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum, and supports up to 253 simultaneous wireless network connections, with 64/128/256-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) encryption and Mac Address Filtering for security.

The SMC 2.4GHz High-Gain Antenna Ceiling Box Kit (SMCANT-CEILINGBOX) is an ideal solution providing wireless coverage for any medium to large wireless installation. It puts a 5 dBi omni-directional antenna, SMCAMP-1000 1 Watt Amplifier, SMCAMP-INJ Power Injector, and Power over Ethernet Remote Unit to work, providing coverage for up to 30,000 square feet. The easy to install SMCANT-CEILINGBOX fits in a standard suspended ceiling structure and, because it supports Power over Ethernet, allows for single cable connectivity up to 330 feet away from an available power source.

The award-winning Elite Connect 2.4GHz 802.11b High Power Wireless PC Card (SMC2532W-B) is the highest powered PC Card adapter on the market today. It increases mobility and flexibility for wireless networking by providing 802.11b connectivity with up to 200 milliWatts (mW) of transmit power -- nearly four times the power of standard PC Cards and twice the power offered by any other PC Card on the market today -- and excellent receive sensitivity.

About SMC Networks

A leading provider of networking solutions for the Enterprise, the SMB and all the way home, SMC puts its more than 30 years' experience to work for every product and solution the company produces. Leveraging strong industry relationships in combination with experienced and talented in-house design and engineering, SMC continues to bring to market a host of affordable, high-performance products. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., SMC Networks supports its worldwide market through regional offices located throughout the United States and 20 other countries. For more information about SMC Networks or its products, visit www.smc.com, or call 800-SMC-4You (800-762-4968).

For more information about Aaron M. Raffle & Associates Inc., visit www.AaronMRaffle.com, or call their offices at 877-AMR-1899.

For more information about Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, visit www.nemacolin.com, or call the resort directly at 724-329-8555 or 800-422-2736.
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