Zoom Telephonics To Introduce Advanced Cable Modem Line with
Simplified Installation and No-New-Wires Networking At NCTA
Zoom Broadband Solution Includes
Wireless LAN and Home PNA Options
Boston, MA, June 8, 1999 -- Zoom Telephonics, Inc.
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
"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
"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
- 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
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 products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold
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 email@example.com. Zoom's World Wide Web site is