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Apple Open Transport/PPP 1.0 Provides First PowerPC-native Access for Remote Internet Users

First Deliverable in Next-Generation Remote Access Brings Apple Ease-of-Use to
 PPP


CUPERTINO, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer, Inc. today announced Open Transport/PPP 1.0, an extension to Open Transport that adds Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) support, an industry standard providing access to multi-protocol networks. Open Transport is Apple's standards-based networking and communications system for Macintosh and Mac OS-compatible computers. OT/PPP is the first PPP implementation for the Mac OS to take full advantage of the Open Transport architecture, and the first PPP implementation to offer the performance and stability of native code on PowerPC-based Mac OS systems.

Developed entirely at Apple, Open Transport/PPP re-emphasizes Apple's commitment to the Internet and to providing high-quality network software for all Internet users. Open Transport/PPP 1.0 provides clients, connecting to a remote TCP/IP network or the Internet, using a modem or ISDN terminal adapter, with access to TCP/IP network services.

OT/PPP 1.0 Features:

-- Provides Open Transport style Modem and PPP Control Panels;

-- Transmits and receives status monitors for modems without visual
 indicators;


-- Supports Modems and ISDN Terminal Adapters;

-- Supports multiple saved settings;

-- Includes detailed logging feature to assist in connection
 troubleshooting;


-- Uses Shared library technology for effective memory management;

-- Compatible with virtual memory;

-- Supports connection reminders and idle timeout;

-- Compatible with Internet access using PPP, as well as SLiRP and TIA
 (The Internet Adapter);


-- Supports AppleScript;

-- Uses ARA CCL scripting language for both Modem and Connection
 Scripts;


-- Compatible with ARA 2.x modem CCL scripts;

-- Includes 42 CCL scripts for modems and ISDN Terminal Adapters;

-- Offers extensive on-line help via AppleGuide;

-- Supports automatic connections when a network application is
 activated.


AppleTalk Remote Access (ARA) Road Map

Apple described its ARA Road Map, a three-phase plan to open its AppleTalk networking products to embrace industry standards and Internet protocols, at the PC Expo trade show in June 1996. In Phase I of the ARA Road Map, Apple delivered version 2.1 of its ARA family of products, which includes support for ISDN. These products are Open Transport compatible, and can be used on Mac OS systems using either Classic networking or Open Transport.

The release of Open Transport/PPP 1.0 marks the completion of Phase II of the ARA Road Map. In Phase II, Apple transitioned to Open Transport-Enhanced dial-up networking through introduction of Open Transport/PPP, an extension to Open Transport delivering Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) support.

In Phase III, version 3.0 of Apple's ARA product line, would include enhancements to allow concurrent support of AppleTalk and TCP/IP over PPP, and also would also introduce Open Transport-Enhanced support for the AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP). On Power PC based Mac OS systems, both Open Transport/PPP and the ARA 3.0 family would offer the benefits and performance of native code.

"Our approach is to continue to embrace industry standards by including TCP/IP and multi-protocol networking as a standard, built-in feature of Mac OS, which began with the introduction of System 7.5," said Richard Ford, product manager of Apple Open Transport. "We will continue to provide customers with easy to use 'plug-and-play' networking capabilities, while working towards offering seamless Internet access directly from the Mac OS."

Standards Supported

Open Transport/PPP 1.0 has been designed to support the following standards:

UNIX System V STREAMS

RFC 1661 - PPP

RFC 1662 - PPP in High-level Data Link Control-like framing

RFC 1570 - PPP LCP (Link Control Protocol) extensions

RFC 1334 - PPP Authentication protocols

RFC 1663 - PPP Reliable transmission

RFC 1332 - IPCP (Internet Protcol Control Protocol)

RFC 1144 - Compressing TCP/IP Headers for Low-Speed links

In the future Apple plans to enhance the Mac OS remote access capabilities to support additional standards including AppleTalk over PPP (RFC 1378 - The PPP AppleTalk Control Protocol).

System Requirements

Open Transport/PPP requires a system with Mac OS version 7.1, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.5.3 or 7.5.5 that has been updated to Open Transport 1.1.1. Like the Open Transport core, OT/PPP will work on systems with a 68030, 68040 or PowerPC processor if required software is also present.

Pricing and Availability

The Phase I products, ARA 2.1 Client, Personal Server, ARA MultiPort Server, and ARA MultiPort Server PCI version, are currently shipping and available through regular retail channels. The suggested retail price of ARA Client is U.S. $59, suggested retail price of ARA Personal Server is U.S. $189, and retail suggested price of the Multiport Server is U.S. $1099. Additional product information can be found in the networking and communications area of the Apple website: http://www.apple.com/

Open Transport/PPP 1.0 is now available to users with access to the Internet, America Online or CompuServe; at present there is no charge beyond connect charges. Open Transport/PPP 1.0 can be downloaded from the Networking- Communications area of Apple's Software Updates Archives (see http://www.info.apple.com/swupdates/ for a list of Apple's Software Updates sites). Open Transport 1.1.1 can also be found on Apple sites on America Online (keyword-applecomputer), CompuServe (shortcut-GO APLSUP).

Apple Computer, Inc., a recognized innovator in the information industry and leader in multimedia technologies, creates powerful solutions based on easy-to-use personal computers, servers, peripherals, software, information appliances, and Internet technologies. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple develops, manufactures, licenses, and markets solutions, products, technologies, and services in the areas of business, education, home use, entertainment, scientific, engineering, and government for customers in more than 140 countries.

Customer Information Contact:

If you are considering the purchase of an Apple product and would like to have product information faxed to you, please call 1-800-462-4396 in the U.S. or 1-800-263-3394 in Canada. If you do not have a fax machine or would like to locate an Apple authorized reseller near you, please call 1-800-538-9696. Customers outside the U.S. should contact their local Apple representatives for information.

Apple's home page on the World Wide Web: http://www.apple.com/

Apple's Open Transport home page on the World Wide Web: http://devworld.apple.com/dev/opentransport/

NOTE: Apple, Mac OS, Power Macintosh, and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. PowerPC is a trademark of IBM used under license. All other brand names mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged.

SOURCE Apple Computer, Inc.
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