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Digital Ocean Introduces Extended Range Access Points New Offering Geared To Education Market.

LENEXA, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 1997--Digital Ocean, Inc. is announcing the release of the Starfish II Ethernet Access Point and the Manta 10BaseT station. Both products extend the company's existing line of wireless local area network (WLAN) adapters for the complete line of Macintosh products.

The Manta 10BaseT provides complete 10BaseT support, allowing legacy systems and new Macintoshes to connect wirelessly to networks at full Ethernet speeds.

The Starfish II connects to wired networks and acts as the access provider for Manta and Digital Ocean's other station products. Starfish II comes equipped with an external antenna, markedly extending the indoor and outdoor range. This provides users with the ability to boost broadcast range, connecting buildings within campus and improving outdoor range in difficult RF environments.

Such benefits pose solutions for educational institutions needing network accessibility from multiple remote locations campus-wide. In addition, the growth of the Internet has spawned wide interest in schools and colleges across the nation wishing to log on to the Information Superhighway. Several school districts have chosen Digital Ocean's wireless technology to access the Internet. According to Paul Martin, Neodesha High School's technology director, "a Digital Ocean wireless network -- which is the core for access to the Internet, the board of education, the city library and an on-line CD- ROM index -- has empowered 400 seventh-through-twelfth graders with the same resources that are available to students in any large town."

Digital Ocean recently partnered with Solectek Corporation, the leading supplier of wireless bridging solutions, giving Starfish II and Manta 10BaseT complete inter-building network connectivity. With Solectek wireless bridges installed, Starfish II can be linked between multiple sites up to 25 miles apart with a data rate of 2Mbps.

The Starfish II and Manta 10BaseT are now available through Digital Ocean and educational VARs. The Starfish II carries a suggested retail price of $2,500 and $4,800 for models with the powered external antenna. The Manta's suggested retail price is $799.

For more information, please contact Digital Ocean at 913/888-3380; Fax 913/888-3342. -0-

NOTE TO EDITORS: Digital Ocean produces a family of wireless LAN devices for the entire line of Apple's desktop, portable and pen- based devices. Also a leading state-of-the-art developer and manufacturer of mobility-based products, Digital Ocean produces a family of PDAs that offer a variety of communication options for in-building and remote applications. The company has numerous patents granted and pending for its development of wireless technologies. Digital Ocean is a Newton licensee based in Lenexa, Kansas.

Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Digital Ocean, Grouper, Manta and Starfish are trademarks or registered trademarks of Digital Ocean, Inc. Solectek is a trademark of Solectek Corporation.

CONTACT: S&S Public Relations

Maurissa Frost, 847/291-1616, Ext. 268


Digital Ocean, Inc.

Dale Marie Urie, Ph.D., 913/888-3380
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