Shipping Bluetooth® Wireless Modem and Adapters
Modem Provides Easy Internet Access for PDAs and Laptops
November 19, 2003 — Zoom Technologies
Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM), announced today that it has begun shipping
a modem and two adapters incorporating Bluetooth wireless
technology. The modem plugs into a telephone jack and an
AC power source, and delivers no-wires modem capability for
Bluetooth-enabled notebooks, PDAs or computers. The high-performance
adapters add wireless connectivity to a computer, or extend
the range of wireless connections for computers with less
powerful Bluetooth radios.
All of the new Bluetooth products from Zoom are Class 1
devices, which provide a wireless connection at a distance
of up to
100 meters (330 feet). A Class 1 device is the most powerful
of the three Bluetooth radio classifications. Class 2 Bluetooth
devices typically work up to 10 meters, and Class 3 Bluetooth
devices typically work up to 1 meter.
The Model 4300 "Bluetooth modem" includes a V.90
56K modem whose data rates with and without data compression
are fully supported by the Bluetooth connection, which is
capable of throughput at up to 723,000 bps. Model 4300 works
with computers and PDAs that support dial-up networking through
Bluetooth, including Bluetooth-enabled PDAs with Windows
CE, and Bluetooth-enabled notebook and desktop computers
with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP.
Wireless security is ensured with a Bluetooth security
key and data encryption. Each Bluetooth device has a unique
link key that prevents unauthorized access. The key is
in a secure environment to prevent interception. Unlike
802.11 b/g wireless devices, Bluetooth wireless links are
to eavesdropping and false authentication.
New adapters from Zoom include the Model 4312 PC Card for
Windows computers and the Model 4310 USB adapter for Macintosh
or Windows computers. Both Zoom adapters come complete
with a suite of software applications for Bluetooth enabled
and an installation wizard.
"There is strong interest worldwide in Bluetooth as
a wire-eliminator technology," said Terry Manning, Zoom’s VP of
Marketing and Sales. "Our Bluetooth modem lets someone
go where he wants to in the home or office, or even outside,
and still have access to email and the Internet. Our Bluetooth
adapters have a long range, and they’re ideal for providing
a wireless link between a computer and a Bluetooth modem,
telephone, headset, or other Bluetooth device."
For additional information, please visit: www.zoomtel.com/products/bluetooth_overview.html
Zoom Technologies, a communications leader since 1977,
designs, produces and markets Bluetooth wireless products,
modems, ADSL and cable modems, and other communications
products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village brands.
information please visit Zoom at www.zoomtel.com.