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New Media introduces new cost-effective Ethernet LAN adapter for portable computer users; new BASICS LAN PC Card provides full network functionality, compatibility with all major network operating systems.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- April 21, 1997--New Media Corp., a leading developer of portable computing solutions, Monday announced a cost-effective Ethernet LAN adapter PC Card, the BASICS LAN.

This new product is the latest addition to the company's BASICS family of value-priced PC Cards.

The BASICS LAN provides full network functionality with an estimated street price of only $89.99, making connecting to the network from a notebook computer more affordable for users.

Designed with an integrated RJ-45 port, the BASICS LAN PC Card enables the cable connector to be included, eliminating the need for a proprietary cable. The user only needs an industry standard 10Base-T (RJ-45) network connector. This provides more durability while allowing the user to carry less cables and reduces the problem of lost cables.

Network drivers are included in the BASICS LAN, allowing the user to connect to virtually any Ethernet LAN. The drivers are automatically installed through New Media's Auto-Install installation and configuration program which is included in all of its products. This saves the user valuable time by eliminating the need to run multiple installations for each driver.

Additionally, BASICS LAN works with Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT and DOS, and is compatible with all major network operating systems, including Novell Netware (ODI) and Windows for Workgroups (NDIS).

The BASICS LAN also includes easily visible diagnostic LEDs, allowing users to determine at a glance that their card is properly powered and the network connector is stable.

Comes Packed With the Company's Ease-of-Use Tools

Designed with New Media's exclusive Zero Consumption Advanced Power Management (APM) technology, the BASICS LAN card automatically powers down using zero battery power when the card is not in use, providing additional hours of mobile computing time.

Built-in Phantom Binding allows users to boot their laptop and load the network drivers without inserting BASICS LAN. When the user is ready, the PC Card can be inserted without having to reload the network drivers. True plug-and-play capabilities allow the user to swap the BASICS LAN card with any other New Media PC Card at any time, without the inconvenience of having to stop their application and reboot.

Auto-Install detects the computer and network hardware, analyzes the machine's PCMCIA software, loads all of the necessary driver software and application software under one compliant interface, and edits the appropriate system files. On-line help guides the user through every choice and makes installation simple and fast.

Additionally, the BASICS LAN comes complete with the company's suite of troubleshooting tools including Knowledge Bank, an organized information resource and database of technical information; CardSleuth, a general diagnostic utility program; Integrated Messaging, an interactive on-line error detection and troubleshooting program; and built-in diagnostic software.

Pricing and Availability

The new BASICS LAN will be available this month for an estimated street price of $89.99. This new offering is backed by New Media's Hassle Free warranty and is FCC Class B certified for home and office use.

All New Media portable computing products are available through New Media's established partners including distributors, resellers, retailers and catalogs. For additional information on availability, please call 800/CARDS-4-U or 714/453-0100.

Company Information

New Media Corporation (http://www.newmediacorp.com),with headquarters in Irvine, develops a broad line of portable computing solutions that address a variety of market segments including data communications, networking and multimedia. The company is a leading innovator of easy-to-use and easy-to-install PC Cards for laptop computers. New Media's extensive research and development activities have led to many industry firsts.

CONTACT: New Media Corp., Irvine

Christy Foley, 714/453-0100

or

Lages & Associates

Debbie Bellan/Beverly Lages, 714/453-8080
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