Zoom TribeStar IP Now Includes IP Support and Patch Panel
Economical switched hub connects
LocalTalk® and Ethernet Networks
Boston, MA, October 27, 1997 - Zoom's TribeStar is
a proven solution for connecting Macintosh® computers
or other LocalTalk devices to an Ethernet network. The new
TribeStar IP model features full TCP/IP support and includes
an easy-to-install 8-port patch panel.
provides Mac users with access to Ethernet-connected UNIX
servers and TCP/IP services such as Internet access and e-mail,
without the need for a separate MacIP gateway. TribeStar IP
also enables Ethernet users to access LocalTalk devices such
as printers, plotters, and modems.
IP offers schools or businesses using LocalTalk with a powerful,
economical alternative to a complete Ethernet upgrade,"
said Frank Manning, President and CEO of Zoom. "Building
on the TribeStar's award-winning ability to bridge LocalTalk
and Ethernet networks, the TribeStar IP now provides TCP/IP
support at no extra cost."
TribeStar IP is a
switching hub with eight packet-switched 230,400 Kbps LocalTalk
ports and one 10 Mbps Ethernet port. TribeStar IP can create
a path between established LocalTalk and Ethernet networks
that is eight times broader than a typical hub or router,
eliminating slow hub or router bottlenecks. In addition, TribeStar
IP eliminates the need to rewire or to install Ethernet cards
when connecting LocalTalk devices to an Ethernet network.
TribeStar IP is easier to administer than a router because
it dynamically assigns IP addresses to nodes on the LocalTalk
or Ethernet networks as they are needed with no administrative
One TribeStar IP unit can handle eight simultaneous
connections between LocalTalk users and Ethernet services.
Up to 4 users can share each 230,400 Kbps LocalTalk port,
so that one TribeStar IP can provide up to 32 Macintosh users
direct access to TCP/IP services. A network of 8 TribeStar
IPs can support up to 254 nodes before requiring a router.
Because TribeStar IP processes concurrent LocalTalk
signals by packet-switching among its eight LocalTalk ports,
it is much faster than ordinary LocalTalk hubs, which can
usually handle only one signal at a time. In addition, a TribeStar
IP can create up to 16 different AppleTalk zones on the Ethernet
network to enhance access by LocalTalk devices. As a result,
replacing a Farallon® StarController® or similar network
hub with a TribeStar IP can significantly upgrade LocalTalk
network performance. TribeStar IP also supports Macintosh
Open Transport communications architecture.
the size of a notebook computer, TribeStar IP is easy to install.
Its Ethernet port connects to 10BaseT, Thinnet, or Thicknet
via a standard external Ethernet transceiver. The LocalTalk
ports connect to the network via a small, 8-input, 8-port
patch panel, which is included with each TribeStar IP. (A
larger 32-input 8-port patch panel is also available.) A standard
punchdown block can also be used.
The Zoom TribeStar
IP is available through VARs or direct from Zoom at a suggested
retail price of $1649.
For more information about
TribeStar IP or other Zoom computer communications products,
call Zoom toll-free at 1-800-631-3116 or visit the Zoom web
site at www.zoomtel.com
Zoom Telephonics designs, produces, and markets faxmodems,
ISDN products, and other products that link people and their
personal computers through the world's largest network, the
international telephone network, and connected networks including
the Internet and corporate local area networks. Zoom Telephonics
is publicly traded on Nasdaq (NASDAQ: ZOOM).
Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold