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U.S. Robotics to Offer VDOnet's Software; New U.S. Robotics Product Uses VDOLive and VDOPhone for Internet Video Communications.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 1996--VDOnet Corp. announced today that U.S. Robotics (NASDAQ:USRX) has entered into a licensing agreement to include VDOnet's products to provide video communications over the Internet via U.S. Robotics' Bigpicture products.

U.S. Robotics' Bigpicture product line, a family of three product packages, is designed to bring the fun of video to home PC users. VDOPhone software for video communications, and VDOLive software for Internet video broadcasting are an integral part of Bigpicture's suite of VideoFun software and complement U.S. Robotics' standards-based video communications software VDOnet's VDOPhone and VDOLive products also complement U.S. Robotics' recently announced x2 modem technology.

The new x2 technology increases the speed of a standard modem connection from the typical 28.8 or 33.6 Kbps up to 56 Kbps, equivalent to most ISDN connections, without the need for expensive new equipment required by other high speed technologies. By using this new technology, in combination with VDOnet's products, users will be able to view high quality on-demand and live video from hundreds of web sites that are using VDOLive servers.

"We have entered into a new era when transmitting data is not enough to get the full benefit from communications," said Michael Seedman, vice president and general manager of U.S. Robotics' Personal Communications Division. "VDOnet's video solutions are powerful in bringing broadcasting and video conferencing capabilities to the Internet. In fact, U.S. Robotics and VDOnet intend to work closely together to create x2-enabled video streaming Web sites."

"We are very pleased to be able to combine our award-winning products for video on the Net with U.S. Robotics' leading modem and communications technologies," said Asaf Mohr, VDOnet's president and CEO. "This combination will accelerate the market trend towards our goal of making video on the Net ubiquitous."

Consumers can use Internet video communications via VDOLive and VDOPhone software as well as other video and online communications software through two of the three Bigpicture product packages: the Bigpicture Video Kit containing a U.S. Robotics 33.6 voice/video fax modem, a NTSC color video camera and video capture card, and the Bigpicture Video Modem & Capture Card package. The third package is the Bigpicture Video Camera & Capture Card.

VDOLive allows Web users to take advantage of "streamed" video, eliminating the need to download a file and wait minutes before even a short video clip is ready for viewing. The VDOPhone allows anyone with a dial-up modem and a regular phone line to have full-color motion video conversations over the Internet or over regular phone lines. To date, in addition to the millions of Web users who have downloaded the VDOLive player, the VDOLive server is being used by hundreds of Web sites, including PBS, CBS, Fox, CBC, Preview Vacations, and many others.

VDOnet Corporation, based in Palo Alto, Calif., has developed both fundamental technology and compelling products for video broadcasting and video telephony over computer networks of any bandwidth, and for use over public internets or private intranets. VDOnet was founded in 1995 and today has offices in the U.S., Israel, and Japan. Its investors are Microsoft Corporation, U S WEST Media Group, NYNEX, Battery Ventures, and private sources. VDOnet's URL is

U.S. Robotics is one of the world's leading suppliers of products and systems that provide access to information. The company designs, manufacturers, markets and supports remote access servers, LAN switching equipment, desktop/mobile client products and modems, telephony products and handheld organizers.

U.S. Robotics products connect computers and other equipment over analog, digital and switched cellular networks, enabling users to gain access to, manage and share data, fax and voice information. Its customers include Internet service providers, regional Bell operating companies, inter-exchange carriers and a wide range of other large and small businesses, institutions and individuals. The company's fiscal 1996 sales were $1.98 billion. -0-

Note to Editors: For more VDOnet customer information, please contact: VDOnet Corp., Palo Alto, CA, 415/846-7700/Fax: 415/846-7900; U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark, and Bigpicture, VideoFun and x2 are trademarks of U.S. Robotics. All trademarks and registered trademarks are those of their respective companies. The text of this release as well as additional background information may be downloaded from our website at

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