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U.S. ROBOTICS INTRODUCES SHARED ACCESS COMMUNICATION SERVER 386 WITH DYNAMIC ACCESS SWITCHING

 U.S. ROBOTICS INTRODUCES SHARED ACCESS COMMUNICATION SERVER 386
 WITH DYNAMIC ACCESS SWITCHING
 SKOKIE, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: USRX), today announced the Shared Access(TM) Communication Server 386 (CS386) for Ethernet, the most flexible, stand-alone, single port communication server that connects directly to the LAN. Shared Access, U.S. Robotics' line of communication server devices for remote LAN access offers reliable, easy remote access and modem sharing solutions for any size LAN. The Communication Server 386 for Ethernet will ship January 1993; the Token-Ring version will be available in the second quarter of 1993. Its list price is $1,995.
 The Communication Server 386 for Ethernet attaches to any LAN. It enables local users to dial out of the LAN, remote users to dial in to the LAN and provides LAN-to-LAN dial-up routing. The Communication Server 386 for Ethernet with Dynamic Access Switching(TM) (DAS) is capable of switching automatically between remote control, single-node routing and asynchronous dial-up. Additionally, its built-in 386SX PC gives remote users the ability to run applications directly on the CS386.
 CS386 Two Kinds of Remote Access: Single-Node
 Routing and Remote Control
 Single-node routing extends the LAN through the phone line so that the remote user works like a locally attached node on the LAN. This remote user is called a virtual node. Under single-node routing the Communication Server 386 for Ethernet gives transparent access to the LAN. This allows the remote user the ability to use the same familiar commands (like DIR or COPY) and Windows procedures they would normally use on the LAN-based PC. With single-node routing, users access databases and data files on the file server or use e-mail just as if they were in the office. Since only the data files, not the entire application, cross the phone line, single-node routing is the easiest, quickest remote access method available.
 With remote control, the PC dialing in acts as a remote keyboard and monitor for the LAN-based PC being accessed. When a large number of applications have to be supported, remote control is the preferred method.
 If the application needed by the user is loaded on the LAN from the file server, remote control is the preferred method. If the application is loaded on the dialing-in PC's hard drive, single-node routing is better because the only data that must be transferred to the remote PC are the data files, not the entire application.
 U.S. Robotics' Award-Winning V.32bis Core Technology
 The key to Communication Server 386 for Ethernet and its primary strength is the modem. All Shared Access LAN products have a U.S. Robotics V.32bis modem as their core technology. Based on the company's industry-leading Courier modem, voted the number-one high-speed modem by PC/Computing, every Shared Access modem guarantees quality, reliability and great performance.
 U.S. Robotics is the only manufacturer with the necessary design expertise to provide a single-vendor hardware/software solution. Other communication server manufacturers have experience in either software or hardware design, forcing them to buy whatever technology they are unfamiliar with from outside vendors. The result is a cumbersome, multi-vendor product. Because the Communication Server 386 for Ethernet was designed as a complete, integrated product, one vendor provides all service and support: U.S. Robotics.
 "The Communication Server 386 for Ethernet continues the Shared Access line so U.S. Robotics can meet the demand of every company no matter what size LAN," said Jonathan Zakin, U.S. Robotics executive vice president of sales and marketing. "With this product U.S. Robotics brings to market the capabilities of a large, expensive communication server except it's in a compact, inexpensive package. Because the Communication Server 386 for Ethernet contains a 386SX PC dedicated to dial-up access, corporate users are assured reliable, consistent remote access."
 U.S. Robotics plans more Shared Access systems in the coming months. Expanding its position in the LAN/WAN market is consistent with the strategy of integrating proven modem technology with communication systems for added value. The LAN/WAN market is a key target for U.S. Robotics.
 More Access With Less Effort
 With Communication Server 386, all access modes are available to the dial-in user. They need only to select the mode best suited to their particular need. Plus, they can even run applications on the built-in 386SX PC. Remote users can use the same DOS commands or Windows(TM) procedures they already know. Also, with Communication Server 386 for Ethernet, the dial-in user is presented with two levels of login/password security. The system administrator, using Novell configuration utilities, sets-up users, passwords and access rights.
 CS386 supports all Novell Netware and Microsoft LAN Manager networks, NetBIOS database servers, and most communications software programs. And the preconfigured boot image reduces installation to only 15 minutes.
 More Communication for Less Money
 The Communication Server 386 saves customers money on their phone bills by using upgradable, high-speed Shared Access V.32bis modems offering data throughput of up to 57.6 kbps. U.S. Robotics unique modular modem architecture allows for an easy daughterboard swap. For $299, customers can upgrade their Communications Server 386 for Ethernet when the proposed CCITT 28.8 Kbps standard (V.Fast) is adopted. This new standard will enable throughput of up to 115 Kbps.
 Because the Communication Server 386 was designed as a complete, integrated product, it costs less, performs better, and ensures reliability.
 Communication Server 386 Contents
 The flexible, complete solution Communication Server 386 measures 8.5"x11"x2.5." It contains: a 386SX PC with 2M of RAM, upgradeable to 4M; an Ethernet LAN adapter, Token-Ring version available in April; a Shared Access V.32bis modem; and a wall mount power supply. The software included is: On-the-LAN, LAN-based local communications software for dialing out; Off-Site software, remote communication software; Off-Site Remote Shell, remote redirection software; and Communication Server 386 gateway software.
 U.S. Robotics, Inc., is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of data communications systems and products. Both corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are based in Skokie. U.S. Robotics owns and operates Miracom Technology Ltd., Slough, England, and U.S. Robotics, s.a., Lille, France. The company markets its products to business, industry, government agencies and original equipment manufacturers.
 All product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 Direct reader inquiries to 1-800-DIAL-USR.
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 /CONTACT: Karen Novak, 708-982-5244 or Theresa McGeary, 708-933-5125, both of U.S. Robotics/
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