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U.S. ROBOTICS ENTERS THE LAN MARKET WITH REMOTE LAN ACCESS PRODUCTS SHARED ACCESS MODEM SHARING KITS, THE FIRST PRODUCTS OF NEW LINE (Product Announcement)

 U.S. ROBOTICS ENTERS THE LAN MARKET WITH REMOTE LAN ACCESS PRODUCTS
 SHARED ACCESS MODEM SHARING KITS, THE FIRST PRODUCTS OF NEW LINE
 SKOKIE, Ill., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: USRX), announced Shared Access(TM) Modem Sharing Kit Single Port and Modem Sharing Kit Dual Port, the first products in U.S. Robotics' line of communication server devices for remote LAN access. The Shared Access brand offers reliable, easy-to-use communications resource sharing for any size LAN in a product line to be released throughout 1992. The product will be available to the end users in the second calendar quarter.
 Shared Access Modem Sharing Kits allow for the pooling of modems on the LAN so that any user can dial out from the LAN. In addition, remote users can dial into the LAN, through the shared modems. LAN managers using Shared Access Modem Sharing Kits will save money by sharing one or two modems for all users on the LAN instead of buying a modem for every desktop workstation.
 The two Shared Access Modem Sharing Kits consist of V.32bis modems, cabling, On-LAN communications software for dialing in and out of the LAN, modem sharing software for resource sharing, Off-Site communications software for remote users and documentation. Shared Access Modem Sharing Kit Single Port includes one modem, while the Dual Port version includes two. Both products are complete, preconfigured solutions that require only five minutes to install on a LAN and virtually no on-going support by the LAN administrator.
 Accordi 57 percent of all PCs, will be connected to LANs.
 Paralleling the trend toward LAN growth in an increasing movement toward telecommuting and accessing computer information remotely. Taken together these two trends portend a dramatic increase in the need to remotely access LANs. U.S. Robotics' Shared Access products will meet this growing market's needs.
 "Shared Access is a very exciting brand for U.S. Robotics because it is the initial step in moving U.S. Robotics to becoming a broader based communications supplier with LAN, WAN and software product lines. Shared Access builds on three of our key strengths as a company," said Casey Cowell, chairman and president of U.S. Robotics. "We are a leader in making high-speed communications devices that work over the public switched telephone network. We are known for our easy-to-use, low-maintenance modems. And our software division has produced especially robust and reliable software. Shared Access allows us to integrate these strengths, and assert technological leadership in the LAN marketplace."
 "Our new Shared Access Modem Sharing Kits are a natural extension of the U.S. Robotics product line, and play to the strengths of our existing, extensive reseller base," said Jon Zakin, U.S. Robotics' executive vice president of sales and marketing. "With 30 national and regional distributors, most of which sell LANs to our 5,000 resellers throughout North America, our current distribution channel will allow us to market the Shared Access products to LAN managers effectively."
 Shared Access Modem Sharing Kit Single Port and Dual Port Versions
 Designed specifically for smaller LANs with moderate communications traffic, the Shared Access Modem Sharing Kit Single Port and Dual Port offer dial-in communications from a remote location to a LAN and dial out communications from the LAN to remote users. The complete system consists of three separate software functions (On-LAN communications, Off-Site remote communications and modem-sharing software) on a set of dual-format disks, one or two Shared Access V.32bis modems with ASL(TM)(A) and an RS232 cable(s).
 "By optimizing the hardware, software and accessories for the customer and reseller, we've made it easier for the customer to purchase, install and support modem sharing for their LANs. With Shared Access, U.S. Robotics provides support for the entire communications system," said Zakin. "Using our expertise in wide area networking technology, specifically modems and communications software, we have created an easy-to-use, seamless remote connectivity package for the LAN communications market."
 Easy to Install
 Able to run a background task on any PC on the LAN (286-AT(TM) or higher), the Shared Access Modem Sharing kits do not require a dedicated PC. A one-time, five-minute software installation makes the kits easiest-to-set-up communication server device on the market.
 Easy to Use
 The Shared Access Modem Sharing Kits work transparently to the user. The Shared Access Modem Sharing Kit Single Port and Dual Port have an easy-to-use, mouse supported "point and shoot" directory interface. The kits include all the software necessary for dial-in and dial-out operations. Whether dialing in or out, the communications software functions no differently than if the modem(s) were directly attached to the individual user's PC, even though it is being shared.
 Saves Money
 For small LANs in large corporations and small to medium-sized companies, the Shared Access Modem Kits provide file transfer, remote information access, LAN-to-LAN connectivity and application access.
 The kits save customers' money on their phone bills by using high speed V.32bis modems that offer data throughout of up to 57.6 Kbps. There are additional savings derived by sharing one or two modems for all the users on the LAN. They eliminate the need to buy one modem for every PC on the LAN.
 All Shared Access modems are compatible with the popular AT command set, and with CCITT standards for asynchronous communications from 300 bps on up.
 Shared Access Modem Sharing Kit Single Port version (one modem) is priced at $995. The Dual Port version (two modems) is priced at $1595. A LAN-wide license for the Shared Access On-LAN communications software is included with every Modem Sharing Kit. As a special introductory offer, the single port version will come with one copy of the Shared Access Off-Site remote communications software, while the dual port version will come with two copies. Additional copies of the Shared Access Off-Site communications software are available at $59 each.
 U.S. Robotics, Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of data communications hardware and software. In addition to the new Shared Access line of communication resource sharing products, U.S. Robotics' other product lines include the Total Control modem management system for central data sites, BLAST software products for terminal emulation, file transfer and remote control; Courier modems for corporate users; WorldPort portable modems for traveling professionals; and Sportster modems for small business, home office and entry-level users. Both corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are based in Skokie. U.S. Robotics owns and operates Miracom Technology Ltd., Slough, England; Communications Research Group, Baton Rouge, La.; and U.S. Robotics, s.a., Lille, France. The company markets its products to business, industry, government agencies and original equipment manufacturers.
 (A) -- ASL(TM) stands for Adaptive Speed Leveling, U.S. Robotics' proprietary telephone line quality-monitoring and call-management protocol. ASL(TM) allows for the modem's rate of data transmission to slow or quicken as telephone line conditions change.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Refer inquiries to U.S. Robotics, Inc., 800-DIAL-USR/
 /CONTACT: Karen Novak, 708/982-5244, or (investors) Ross Manire, 708/933-5116, both of U.S. Robotics/
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