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Zoom Ships Industry's Best, Simplest, and Safest Wireless Gateway
Breakthrough security and software for home and small business networks

Boston, MA, December 20, 2001 — Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) has begun shipping the ZoomAir Model 4165, an Internet Gateway that supports both wired and wireless networking to deliver sophisticated network solutions through an easy-to-use interface. The Internet Gateway allows multiple computers to simultaneously access a single cable, DSL or dial-up Internet connection and to share files and other network resources.

Distinctive features of the Model 4165 include advanced firewall security, Zoom's unique SmartStart™ installation software, more extensive support for WEP encryption using plain language passwords, and a printer sharing port.

A comparison of the ZoomAir 4165 to popular products from Orinoco, Linksys and Cisco shows the Zoom product has the best features. A comparison of the products is available at: http://www.zoomtel.com/techsupport/router/compare.shtml

Wireless 802.11b networking provides high speed for broadband Internet access and eliminates the need to run wires. However, software configuration of wireless networks has been difficult. With Zoom's SmartStart software, even an inexperienced user can easily configure their network by answering easily understood questions about how the network is to be used. Unlike the setup procedures of competing products, no network knowledge is required.

The 4165 offers advanced security features in addition to the basic NAT firewall offered by most gateways. The 4165 provides MAC address filtering, Packet Filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and Port Redirection.

The Zoom Internet Gateway supports up to 253 users. Ports on the Gateway include a broadband Ethernet port, a serial interface for connection of an analog or ISDN modem, two 10/100 Ethernet ports for wired LAN connections, and a parallel printer port.

The estimated retail price of the ZoomAir Internet Gateway Model 4165 is $199 after a $30 rebate.

"Homes and small businesses with broadband connections need powerful networking solutions that they can install easily. At the same time, they must guard against the danger of malicious hacker attacks", said Frank Manning, President and CEO of Zoom Telephonics. "The Model 4165 does a great job of hiding the complexities of wired and wireless networking and sophisticated firewall protection behind an intuitive easy-to-use interface."

Configuration and management of the model 4165 is done through any PC on the LAN using a WEB browser and password authorization.

ZoomAir is a trademark of Zoom Telephonics. Other brands and names are the property of their respective owners.

About Zoom

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

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Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions. Actual results may be materially different than those expectations as a result of known andunknown risks, including those set forth below. The technologies being pursued by Zoom are subject to the significant risks and uncertainties generally applicable to modem and data communications products, including rapid technological change and intense competition, uncertainty of new product development, uncertainty of component availability, early stage of development of certain data communications markets, uncertainty of market growth, as well as other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

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