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Toshiba Enters SOHO Market With TR-650 Compact Router.

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 1998--Addressing the needs of both the small office and home office (SOHO), Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Network Products Division (TAIS NPD) Monday announced the TR-650 ISDN compact router.

The new router combines a wide range of advanced features, including four Ethernet and two telephone ports, with unparalleled ease of installation and configuration. Toshiba will demonstrate the new router at NetWorld+Interop this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Booth No. 3789.

"Toshiba's consumer electronics design philosophy is the heart of the TR-650," said Mark Ryvola, managing director of Toshiba's Network Products Division. "Toshiba's compact routers are being acclaimed throughout the industry for their exceptional ease of use and simple, user-friendly Web browser set-up -- and the TR-650 is closely following this tradition."

The TR-650 is quickly configured through a familiar Web browser using only three screens. "As far as we're concerned, every other vendor would do well to emulate Toshiba's set-up and configuration scheme," wrote David Harvey, contributing editor to Small Business Computing & Communications magazine in the March 1998 issue.

"Toshiba has long understood the constraints of the SOHO market and the TR-650 is engineered to address important user convenience and space efficiency issue without jeopardizing features or performance," added Ryvola.

The TR-650 fits easily into any small office or home office space. As the smallest router on the market, measuring 2.1(w) x 6.0 (h) x 7.5(d) inches, the TR-650 is designed to stand vertically, saving needed space. The TR-650 is also the only router with an integrated power supply, which frees additional space.

The new TR-650 builds upon Toshiba's popular TR-600 compact router with two POTS ports to permit simultaneous telephone and ISDN Internet access. The TR-650 also offers an optional battery, available later this year, that can keep users online in the event of a blackout.

The TR-650 supports access to the Internet and transmits data to IP-based corporate networks at speeds of up to 128Kbps using Multilink PPP. Beyond its traditional router capabilities, the new router also function as a hub, providing users with a low-cost means of implementing a LAN. The TR-650 features four 10base-T Ethernet ports to connect four PCs and can serve as a bridge to support flexible, high-speed inter-LAN connections.

Setting the TR-650 apart from the competition is its ability to operate as a dynamic host control protocol (DHCP) server to manage IP addresses in the network environment and automatically allocate TCP/IP addressing, saving administration time and reducing the number of TCP/IP addresses a site may require. It also supports DNS cache, providing automatic translation of network node names into IP addresses. Address conversion is performed by the new TR-650, allowing users to locally access a private IP address.

Toshiba's TR-650 network can be managed and monitored through a Telnet connection both internally and remotely. Remote users can also download information on parameters and diagnostic information through the TR-650's file transfer protocol (FTP) data function. Additional features include data compression, dial on demand, Multilink to support high speed 128Kbps bandwidth on demand, and automatic reconnection.

Designed to meet the security requirements of users and businesses alike, the TR-650 supports PPP, PAP, CHAP, limited packet filtering and ISDN reception control. Network access can be controlled through a variety parameters including MAC addressing, IP address, type of protocol, TCP/UDP port number and Caller Line Identification. Later releases of the TR-650 router will support caller ID and call waiting.

The TR-650 series has also been fully tested and carries Bell Core conformance approval for use with all North American ISDN carrier equipment.

The TR-650 is available now for $749 through resellers and ISPs such as Ingram Micro, DataCom Warehouse, Delta Communication, and Unitrendix. For additional product information contact Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Network Products Division, 9740 Irvine Blvd., P.O. Box 19724, Irvine, CA 92618-1697 or visit the Web site at Telephone: 888/422-6677.

About Toshiba

With headquarters in Irvine and annual sales of approximately $3 billion, TAIS is comprised of nine divisions which manufacture and market a wide range of business and information-oriented products in the United States and Latin America and one wholly owned subsidiary which operates a network of copier/fax dealers. Products include portable and desktop computers; plain-paper copiers; facsimile systems; voice mail systems; digital business telephone systems; toner products; systems solutions for the cable industry; digital cameras and network systems.

TAIS is an independent operating company, owned by Toshiba America Inc., a subsidiary of the $44 billion Toshiba Corp., the sixth largest electronics and electrical equipment manufacturer, and the world's 37th largest corporation in terms of sales. Toshiba Corp. is a world leader in high-technology products with 315 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.

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