Zoom Announces Home LAN Product
Low-cost networking solution
allows Internet sharing, multi-player gaming and peripheral
- Zoom Telephonics has begun shipping the Zoom/HomeLAN™
PCI to allow networking of computers through a home's existing
phone lines. Two or more PCs equipped with Zoom/HomeLan PCI
cards can share an Internet connection, swap files, play networked
games or share peripherals such as printers and storage devices.
With Zoom/HomeLAN, voice calls can be made while the
network sends data on the same phone line. Zoom's superior
filtering ensures voice calls remain clear as the network
operates at peak capacity.
The Zoom home network is
easy to install with Plug and Play hardware and a powerful
software "wizard" for network setup. With an estimated
retail price of less than $50, the Zoom/HomeLAN PCI is affordable
for any family with two or more computers. The Zoom/HomeLAN
PCI fully supports the HomePNA standard, which assures interoperability
with HomePNA compliant products from manufacturers like Intel
The Zoom/HomeLAN PCI supports phone line
networking at one megabit-per-second data rates, powerful
enough for nearly any home network use. It also works in a
standard Ethernet network at a ten megabit-per-second data
"Zoom is focused on providing flexible
networking solutions for the millions of homes with two or
more personal computers," said Terry Manning, Zoom's
Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The Zoom/HomeLAN,
along with Zoom's wireless LAN products, meet the need for
powerful networking solutions which can be installed by the
consumer without new wiring."
A two-user version
of Sygate 3.0 Internet sharing software is included with the
Zoom/HomeLAN PCI. With Sygate 3.0, networked computers can
simultaneously use one Internet account through a single analog
modem, ISDN, xDSL, or cable modem.
Unlike other Internet
sharing software, SyGate enables any PC on the Zoom/HomeLAN
network to initiate a dialup connection to the Internet using
America On Line's AOL 4.0. Sygate also supports the broadest
range of Internet application software, including NetMeeting,
ICQ, InternetPhone, Net2Phone, and VPN (PPTP) by using industry-standard
Network Address Translation (NAT).
a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and
markets wired and wireless LAN products, faxmodems, routers
and ISDN products. Zoom is a member of the Home Phoneline
Networking Alliance (HomePNA). Zoom Telephonics is publicly
traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: ZOOM).
Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold
worldwide. The Zoom Web site is at www.zoomtel.com.