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COM21 DEBUTS COMPORT 5000 OFFICE CABLE MODEM.

Com21, Inc., (Nasdaq:CMTO), a global provider of communications solutions for the broadband access market, has debuted its modular ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem, a new addition to its family of broadband access solutions.

The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem is designed to meet the needs of small businesses, telecommuters and multiple-PC residential users. It delivers high-speed, secure, multi-port LAN and Internet connectivity in a single modular solution.

Com21 continues to leverage its solid integrated voice and data platform to enable cable operators to meet the ever-growing demands of the Small Office/Home Office market.

"The Office Cable Modem further separates Com21 from our competition by offering high value, competitive features and functionality. It includes a built-in firewall, advanced networking features, a 4-port Ethernet hub, and an expansion slot," said Peter Fenner, president and CEO of Com21, Inc..

"The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem is a low cost, single-box solution for cable subscribers with two or more PCs," added Fenner. "To get that function, a subscriber would have to buy a separate router, firewall, Ethernet hub and DHCP server," said Fenner, "a multi-box solution is more expensive and complex to install."

Advanced Features

The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem is an ideal solution for multi-PC homes, small businesses and work-at-home users who require high-speed Internet access. Using an integrated firewall, the ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem provides enterprise-class network security protecting the user's network from security attacks. Its Virtual Private Networking software option provides low-cost remote access to corporate networks.

Its content filtering capability enables users to restrict access to undesired Internet web sites, such as adult sites from children. An easy-to-use web-based interface allows an end-user to easily set up and manage the whole network.

The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem incorporates Internet security technology from Sonic Systems, Inc. Com21 and Sonic Systems jointly announced a technology licensing agreement for future products. Com21 incorporates the SonicWALL Internet security technology into the ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem to provide Internet security and high-speed networking for cable modem users.

The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem utilizes an Asynchronous Transfer Mode transport that offers Quality of Service over the cable infrastructure that allows prioritization of voice-over-data traffic. Since it is based on the field-proven ComPORT cable modem, it provides the same performance and reliability that has made Com21's product successful.

The Network Address Translation and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol features allow multiple computers to share a single IP address, resulting in significant cost savings and preserving precious IP addresses.

Optional IPSec VPN Feature

With the optional Internet Protocol Security VPN software module, small businesses and corporate telecommuters can set-up secure IP tunnels with remote networks across the Internet. This provides a low-cost WAN access alternative to corporate telecommuters.

Availability and Pricing

The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem is currently in trials in both North America and Europe. The ComPORT 5000 Office Cable Modem is priced at $760 (U.S.) for the base modem.

About Com21

Com21, Inc., is a global provider of broadband access solutions for delivering high-speed Internet access. The company's products enable cable operators and service providers with the abilities to provide high-speed, cost-effective Internet access to corporate telecommuters, small businesses, home offices and residential users.

Com21 is ranked the No. 1 cable modem supplier in Europe based on a 1998 survey conducted by California-based market research firm Ryan Hankin Kent. Com21 was the third largest supplier of cable modem technology based on independent 1998 market research studies conducted by GartnerGroup's Dataquest (1H'98), The Dell'Oro Group, and Cahners In-Stat Research Group.

Founded in 1992, Com21 stock is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol CMTO. The ISO 9001 certified company is headquartered in Milpitas, and maintains international sales and support locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Com21 ComPORT cable modems are commercially deployed worldwide in cable systems passing 9.8 million households. For more information, visit Com21's website @ www.com21.com.

For more information, call 408/953-9787.
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