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PROTEON ANNOUNCES NEW PLUG-AND-PLAY BRIDGING ROUTER FAMILY THAT BREAKS COMPLEXITY AND PRICE BARRIERS

 PROTEON ANNOUNCES NEW PLUG-AND-PLAY BRIDGING ROUTER FAMILY
 THAT BREAKS COMPLEXITY AND PRICE BARRIERS
 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON) today introduced the DNX 300 Series, the first bridging routers that virtually anyone can install in less than 15 minutes, allowing organizations to provide remote departmental locations with the capabilities of a sophistocated router. By simplifying installation, upgrades and maintenance, the family of highly-affordable bridging routers is expected to change the way internetworks are built and managed. The first in the Series, the DNX 300m, integrates multi- protocol remote sites and departmental LANs into corporate networks through support for token ring, Ethernet and a wide range of WAN services.
 "Given their clearly-defined needs and limited technical support, users in remote sites are entitled to routers that can be easily installed and managed -- a fact that's been ignored by the industry until now," said Nate Kalowski, Proteon vice president of marketing. "The DNX Family's 'plug-and-play' design -- based on unprecedented levels of imbedded intelligence -- eliminates the complexity and logistical challenges that have discouraged major commercial organizations from adopting router technology throughout their enterprise-wide networks."
 According to Bernard Baker, telecommunications manager at Central Soya, a Fortune 500 company. "The DNX 300 fills the gap we had for a small reasonably priced fully-functional router for our small- to medium-sized locations. Its ease of installation and integration into our network management system make it a good fit." Unprecedented Simplicity Engineered into DNX 300m
 The DNX 300 Series makes it easy to build and maintain the internetwork. Each life cycle element -- including ordering, installing, maintaining and upgrading the product -- was carefully developed to minimize the expertise and time required by the user. Its QuickStep Installation System ensures ease-of-use throughout the lifecycle of the product. This seven-part system consists of:
 Preconfiguration -- Each unit is delivered in "plug-and-play" condition.
 Quick Reference Guide -- Attached to the unit, this guide ensures easy installation.
 LED Based Interface -- LEDs guide users through installation; diagnoses problems using non-technical terminology. The DNX 300 is the industry's only router that informs users of successful installation.
 Router Configuration -- Imbedded intelligence automatically configures the router hardware for basic operation.
 Customizing Configurator -- Simple prompting scripts allow users to customize the unit.
 Automatic Cable Checker -- Sensors verify accurate cabling and alert the user to a cabling error.
 Flash-Memory Upgrades -- Fully software configurable, the routers enable downloads reconfigurations and upgrades from a central site for low-maintenance throughout the lifecycle of the DNX. DNX 300m: Multi-protocol Routing and Configuration Flexibility
 The DNX 300 Family incorporates Proteon's Transportable Software Architecture (TSA), sophistocated and market-proven technology that delivers 17+ protocols and is based on over 200 years of development. The TSA is implemented across Proteon's product line, including the powerful, RISC-based CNX 500. The DNX 300m, the first in Proteon's family of low-end bridging routers, delivers powerful multi-protocol internetworking for remote sites. It supports all major industry standard network protocols, including TPC/IP, DECnet, Novell's IPX, XNS, OSI, VINES, Apollo Domain and Apple Talk.
 Bridging support includes concurrent Transparent Bridging, Source Route Bridging and the IBM 8209-compatible SR-TB bridging, providing customers with the flexibility to bridge non-routable protocols. All protocols are managed through the industry-standard SNMP. The DNX 300m supports Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), the dynamic routing protocol that provides greater efficiency and control over the routing of traffic in large multi-vendor networks. Developed at Proteon, OSPF has been adopted as an industry standard.
 For departmental applications connecting LANs, the DNX 300m contains two Ethernet ports, two Token Ring ports, or one of each. For connecting remote LANs over a wide area network, the DNX 300m is configured with either an Ethernet or Token Ring LAN port and two high- speed serial ports. Both shielded and unshielded twisted pair media, and AUI and 10BaseT interfaces are standard.
 For WAN connectivity, it supports X.25, frame relay, Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) and T1/E1 through RS-232, RS-449, V.35 and X.21 network interfaces. Pricing and Availability
 The DNX 300m will be available on July 31, and will be priced from $4,995 to $7,995. Additional members of the DNX 300 Series will be introduced in 1992. The entire DNX 300 Series will be homologated for worldwide availability. Proteon: Providing the Network Infastructure for the Nineties
 Today's commercial environments, primarily token-ring based, require a reliable network infastructure to support critical applications. Proteon's unique blend of token ring and internetworking expertise enables the company to provide tightly integrated physical network infastructures comprised of router access points, token ring adapters, smart hubs and wiring strategies, and integrated network management.
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 /CONTACT: Maureen MacGregor of Proteon, 508-898-2136; or David Copithorne or Joann Anderson of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon/
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