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New Zoom Wireless Access Point Provides Advanced Security

Boston, MA, March 13, 2001 -- Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) has begun shipping the ZoomAir AP11, an 802.11b wireless hardware access point with both 64 and 128 bit encryption.

The ZoomAir AP11 (Model 4120) allows 802.11b wireless clients to connect to a wired Ethernet network at speeds of up to 11 Mbps. The Model 4120 can also extend the range of a wireless network by acting as a repeater. Distribution of AP11 access points on a wired network will allow wireless clients to roam in the coverage area created and retain all network access.

Wireless network clients communicate with the AP11 using ZoomAir network interface cards or any other 802.11b DSSS compatible product. The AP11's component 11 Mbps network interface cards have been tested for 802.11b compatibility by the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) and are WiFi certified as interoperable with devices from other manufacturers.

The ZoomAir AP11, ZoomAir Model 4100 and ZoomAir Model 4105 network interface cards provide encryption security at up to 128 bits, which makes them suitable for use in business, government and institutional installations. Users can select either 64 bit or 128 bit security using Wired Equivalency Privacy (WEP) encryption, the standard for 802.11b devices. The 64 bit encryption level is normally sufficient for consumer use, while 128 encryption is recommended for transmission of confidential information by an organization .

"The ZoomAir AP11 demonstrates Zoom's continuing commitment to a full line of products supporting the 802.11b wireless standard," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President. "We began shipping products interoperable with the 802.11 standard over two years ago, and wireless networking is an important part of Zoom's Internet access and advanced networking strategies."

The ZoomAir AP11 Hardware Access Point is easily installed, and can be managed using WebManage, a graphical user interface embedded in the AP11. WebManage can be accessed by an authorized administrator using any Web browser software running on any computer connected to the network.

The ZoomAir AP11 includes a detachable dipole antenna that provides coverage to wireless clients within 1000 feet (305 meters) in an unobstructed environment, or 300 feet (91.5 meters) in a typical indoor office environment with modular workstations. Optional ZoomAir omnidirectional and directional antennas can be used to extend range.

The estimated retail price of the ZoomAir AP11 is $400.

About Zoom Telephonics

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and markets dial-up modems, cable and ADSL modems, wireless LAN products, home phoneline networking devices, and other data communication products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village brands. Zoom products are available in over 3,000 of the highest volume computer retailers in the USA and over 5,000 retail outlets worldwide. For more information, visit Zoom at www.zoomtel.com.

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