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Zoom/Access IG and IG Plus Lower Cost of Internet Access For Networked Offices

Boston, MA, November 9, 1998 - Zoom Telephonics (NASDAQ: ZOOM), a leading producer of wide-area network solutions, today announced a line of complete low-cost solutions for sharing access to the Internet.

The Zoom/Access IG product family offers a range of economical solutions for connecting LAN users to the Internet. Using a 128 Kbps ISDN dial-up, ISDL, or dedicated Centrex ISDN line, all LAN users can share access to the Internet. Sharing the connection eliminates the need for multiple ISP accounts, individual modems, or multiple phone lines, dramatically reducing the overall access costs.

"The IG and IG Plus provide a simpler and more cost-effective means for small businesses to manage Internet access," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President and CEO. "Systems administrators can restrict Internet access by user, time, Internet site, or service."

The Zoom/Access IG enables up to five LAN users to concurrently access the Internet. The Zoom/Access IG Plus provides Internet access to an unlimited number of concurrent users, and includes a mail server with 15 mailboxes that is upgradeable to an unlimited number of mailboxes. In addition, the Zoom/Access IG can be upgraded to the IG Plus version.

"The small business demands a complete solution to deliver flexible, managed access to the Internet, one that is easy to install, configure and use," said Ted Mina, Zoom's Business Products manager. "The IG products deliver on these requirements and more." All Zoom/Access IG products ship with an ISDN card, the Internet LanBridge and MailBridge software from Virtual Motion, an ISDN installation utility, and on-line help.

Internet access with the Zoom/Access IG requires installing the included ISDN terminal adapter and gateway software on a non-dedicated PC server running Microsoft Windows® 98, 95 or NT; and installing an included TCP/IP redirector on client PCs. Zoom/Access IG gateway software automatically establishes high-speed Internet connection of LAN PC users on demand.

The Zoom/Access IG requires only one IP address for the server PC (static or dynamic) for all LAN users to share. This configuration allows the use of only one low-cost "individual" dial-up ISP account for the entire LAN. Zoom/Access IG works over any LAN running TCP/IP, IPX, or NetBIOS.

In addition to providing Internet access to an unlimited number of concurrent PC LAN users, the Zoom/Access IG Plus comes with a mail server that enables the sending and receiving of e-mail between LAN users and the Internet. LAN users retrieve their e-mail from the mail server using any POP3-compliant e-mail application software.

The IG mail server is compatible with many LAN-based e-mail products, such as Microsoft Exchange, Novell GroupWide, Lotus Notes or cc:Mail. Users send and receive e-mail using their standard LAN e-mail application.

With its access control and management features, the Zoom/Access IG product family provides security and control over unauthorized access. The Zoom/Access IG product family provides a natural firewall against outside intruders. Since the server PC is the only machine that is running TCP/IP with an assigned IP address, none of the LAN file servers or user PC clients are directly accessible from the Internet. Client PC Access can be controlled based on the type of application, by Internet site, and by how long a user can access the Internet.

All Zoom/Access IG models are now available for immediate delivery. Models are offered with ISDN BRI U or BRI S/T. Estimated street prices for each model are as follows:

Description   Price
Zoom/Access IG (Model 7275, BRI U)   $269
Zoom/Access IG Plus (Model 7276, BRI U)   $389
Zoom/Access IG Plus (Model 7285, BRI S/T)   $369

Zoom Telephonics designs, produces and markets 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 worldwide.

For more information about MultiLine faxmodems or other Zoom products, call toll-free at 800-631-3116 or visit the Zoom Website at www.zoomtel.com

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