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Zoom Telephonics To Introduce Advanced Cable Modem Line with Simplified Installation and No-New-Wires Networking At NCTA Show
Zoom Broadband Solution Includes Wireless LAN and Home PNA Options

Boston, MA, June 8, 1999 -- Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) today announced it will exhibit its advanced cable modem technology for the first time at the NCTA Cable ’99 show in Chicago. Zoom is applying years of consumer product expertise to its new line of cable modems.

Zoom’s cable modems are designed to minimize field service calls and provide easy hardware installation by residential users rather than cable company technicians. Zoom cable modems can be installed without the need to open a computer. Using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) interface, Plug and Play, and a software installation wizard for configuration, the external cable modems are easily plugged into a computer’s USB port. A 10BaseT Ethernet interface is also provided for installation in machines without a USB port.

Zoom’s cable modem technology also supports DOCSIS 1.1 and a variety of local area networking (LAN) options. The LAN options provide distribution of cable modem data without the need to install new wires in a home or small business.

Zoom’s cable modem line includes both Home Phoneline Networking and standards-based wireless networking options. The Home Phoneline Networking option allows the modem to be plugged into any RJ-11 phone jack in the home to distribute data to any Home PNA enabled PC in the house. Another option allows users to share the cable modem wirelessly by inserting a ZoomAir wireless network interface card into the PC Card slot provided on the front of the Zoom cable modem. Zoom is currently shipping both Zoom/HomeLAN Home Phoneline Networking cards and ZoomAir 802.11 DSSS standard wireless networking cards.

"Our cable modems feature industry-leading ease of installation and use," said Frank Manning, President of Zoom Telephonics. "Users can put their high-speed modem anywhere the cable enters the home and distribute the data to one or more PCs. They can even use their laptops to wirelessly access the Internet while they sit on their patio or couch."

"Industry analysts report more than 20 million U.S. homes have more than one computer. The market will demand cable modems with flexible local area networking options," Manning continued.

Other features of the Zoom cable modem include:

  • Web Manage™ software , which allows configuration and support of the cable modem over the network using any Web browser.
  • Remote software upgrades.
  • DOCSIS 1.1 support, including: 56 bit Data Encryption Security (DES) to support baseline privacy, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and Quality of Service (QOS) for traffic prioritization and bandwidth management.
  • Advanced networking, including Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), and Network Address Translation (NAT).

Zoom Telephonics plans to begin shipping its cable modems in the fourth quarter of 1999. The cable modems will be sold through Zoom retailers, Value Added Resellers and cable service providers.

Zoom will show its cable modem at booth number 5333, McCormick Place Exhibition Center, Chicago, Illinois on June 14, 15 and 16.

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and markets modems, Wireless LAN products, 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. According to Personal Technology Research, Zoom is the number two brand of analog modems at retail in the U.S. Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: ZOOM). Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold worldwide.

For additional information please contact Investor Relations, Zoom Telephonics, 207 South Street, Boston, MA 02111, telephone (617)423-1072, fax (617)338-5015, e-mail address investor@zoomtel.com. Zoom's World Wide Web site is www.zoomtel.com.

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 and unknown risks, including those set forth below. Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including difficulties in the assimilation of operations and products of acquired businesses, the ability to manage geographically remote units, and the potential loss of key employees of the acquired companies. In addition, the technologies and businesses being acquired 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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