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GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS INC. ANNOUNCES LAN EXPANDER(TM), THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF REMOTE LAN ACCESS SUBSYSTEMS

 GATEWAY COMMUNICATIONS INC. ANNOUNCES LAN EXPANDER(TM),
 THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF REMOTE LAN ACCESS SUBSYSTEMS
 LAN Expander Is The First to Provide Access Options
 for Different Types of Remote Users
 IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Gateway Communications Inc. today announced LAN Expander(TM), the first product in a planned series of integrated remote LAN access subsystems from the company. Unlike other remote access subsystems or software solutions, the first LAN Expander product gives remote laptop or desktop PC users flexible switch-mode options to accommodate different access and performance needs at a low cost.
 "Today's remote users have different profiles," said Rick Ono, vice president of sales and marketing for Gateway Communications Inc. "There are office workers away on business, mobile workers such as sales and delivery representatives, remote office workers and remote business partners and customers. Each have different requirements for accessing the central office LAN. At the same time, they all face the performance bottleneck of receiving and sending information over the ubiquitous phone line. LAN Expander's unique software gives remote users flexible access options at the best performance level possible."
 LAN Expander is a simple, integrated hardware and software subsystem that attaches directly to any NetWare-based Ethernet LAN as an independent, fully functional node. The software, jointly developed by Gateway Communications Inc. and Triton Technologies Inc. (maker of the award-winning CO/Session(TM) communications software package), features flexible switch-mode access options and data compression technology to increase file transfer performance over the phone line.
 "LAN Expander implements software data compression instead of relying on modem data compression," explained Ono. "Many laptop PC owners buy their computers with a modem already installed. With modem data compression, both modems at each end must be alike. With software data compression, performance benefits can be realized no matter what modems are used on either end."
 Flexible Access Options
 LAN Expander's remote user access software utility makes it easy to access the services of a home office LAN. Remote users simply load the remote access utility provided with the product and dial up the LAN Expander attached to their office LAN. Once connected, the software offers remote users three flexible access options (including remote file server access, screen-level data access and PC file and application access):
 Remote NetWare Access Mode. This is the simplest and most basic access method. The remote PC or laptop acts as a NetWare node on the LAN to access a NetWare file server for file sharing and manipulation. The remote PC looks and feels like a local PC on the LAN. However, files are transferred at telephone line speeds.
 Remote Keyboard and Screen Mode. With this option, remote PC users take control of the LAN Expander node on the network and can do screen-level file manipulation at LAN speed. This is ideal for mobile workers, such as salespeople, who want to report in or access data such as inventory accounting information. Remote users can access applications such as spreadsheets or basic files at Ethernet 10 Mbps speeds instead of 38.4 kbps, best-case phone line rates.
 PC Remote Control Mode. This is ideal for traveling office workers. Remote PC users essentially "enslave" a PC on the LAN to do their work. The user has the ability to control and operate the PC on the LAN to run applications at LAN speed.
 LAN Expander also provides dial out capabilities. PCs attached to the LAN use the LAN Expander as a dial-out modem server supporting communications rates up to 38.4 kbps.
 Price & Availability
 LAN Expander comes up with a 10-user site license for the remote PC access software utility. Volume shipments of LAN Expander are expected to begin in November. LAN Expander will be available in two versions:
 -- Without a modem, at a suggested list price of $795, and
 -- With a V.42bis modem at a suggested list price of $1,249.
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 /CONTACT: Ralph Bond, manager of MarComm, 714-553-1555, or (fax) 714-553-1616; or Cynthia Stirling of Stirling & Cohan, 415-513-0972, or (fax) 415-513-0985, for Gateway Communications/ CO: Gateway Communications Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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