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MICROCOM ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PROTOCOL BRIDGE ROUTER: PROVIDES EASY-TO-CONFIGURE CONNECTIONS TO FRAME RELAY WANS

 MICROCOM ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PROTOCOL BRIDGE ROUTER:
 PROVIDES EASY-TO-CONFIGURE CONNECTIONS TO FRAME RELAY WANS
 /ADVANCE/ -- NEW YORK, (PC Expo, Booth # 308), June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Microcom, Inc. (NASDAQ: MNPI), a leading developer of internetworking solutions, today announced the release of the Microcom(R) Bridge/Router Release 6.0 (MBR 6.0), a high-performance, multi-protocol bridge router. MBR 6.0 offers users an easy-to-install and easy-to-configure method for connecting Token Ring and Ethernet LANs via popular WAN systems including Frame Relay, X.25 and leased lines.
 "New technologies such as Frame Relay offer the means to move more data among many locations in a more cost-effective manner," said Stephen Mank, Microcom's vice president of marketing. "Internetworking multiple protocols and locations can be complicated and time-consuming, a process that is greatly simplified by MBR 6.0's plug-and-play design."
 Two models of MBR 6.0 are available in either a fully configured platform including a 386 PC AT or as a "soft-bridge" consisting of LAN and WAN interfaces and software, which users install in their own PC AT.
 -- MBR/6000 interconnects Token Ring or Ethernet LANs and supports connections to leased line WANs with speeds up to 2 Mbps. As a local bridge/router the MBR/6000 links one LAN with up to four WANs or two LANs with up to two WANs.
 The MBR/6000 also supports V.25bis remote dialing, which can save money by providing bandwidth on demand without the need for leasing lines. Users can call up a connection to a remote LAN site and access the applications on that network, then terminate the connection when it is no longer needed.
 -- MBR/6500 has four ports supporting up to 15 virtual circuits each. In a maximum configuration the MBR/6500 can support a total of 60 virtual connections to Frame Relay and X.25 networks. The MBR/6500 supports analog link speeds to 19.2 Kbps and digital links to 56/64 Kbps.
 Both MBR 6.0 models support mixed technology LANs where combinations of Ethernet and Token Ring LAN interface cards reside in the same MBR. These units support remote routing and local and remote bridging using multiple protocols, including;
 -- IP In Ethernet and Token Ring routing environments,
 the MBR 6.0 uses the industry standard IP protocol
 to flexibly integrate local networks via X.25,
 Frame Relay and leased line WANs.
 -- IPX In Novell NetWare networks, the MBR uses IPX routing
 to provide reliable communication between Token Ring
 and/or Ethernet LANs.
 -- SRT On Token Ring LANs, Source Routing Transparent (SRT)
 enables simultaneous source routing of IBM protocols
 while transparently bridging non-IBM protocols.
 Users who need a combination of local or remote bridging and routing, can configure the MBR to support many different configurations. For example, the MBR can function solely as a transparent bridge, or simultaneously as a bridge, IPX router and IP router. When two MBR 6.0s are connected, their advanced data compression can provide throughput up to 400 percent greater than normal line capacity.
 Microcom will begin shipping the MBR 6.0 to authorized distributors in June 1992. The list prices for the soft-bridge version of the MBR/6000 and MBR/6500 range from $3,999 to $6,499, depending on the configuration. The fully integrated turnkey systems are available for an additional $1,500.
 Microcom, Inc. designs, manufactures and markets software and hardware solutions for PC connectivity via LANs and dial-up systems. The corporation is headquartered in Norwood, Mass, with offices Danbury, Conn.; Durham, N.C.; Wilmington, Del; Yonkers, N.Y.; Caguas, Puerto Rico; sales offices throughout the United States and international offices in France, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
 Microcom is a registered trademark of Microcom Systems, Inc. Microcom Bridge/Router, MBR 6.0, MBR/6000 and MBR/65000 are trademarks of Microcom Systems, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Williams of Microcom, 617-551-1681; or Teri Bruno of White Cromer Bellack, 714-752-2216, for Microcom/ CO: Microcom ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: PDT


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