Zoom Telephonics Joins WECA Wireless Ethernet Compatibility
Long-term Commitment to 802.11
DSSS Product Strategy Is Emphasized
Boston, MA, September 15, 1999 -- Zoom Telephonics
Inc., (NASDAQ: ZOOM)
has announced its membership in the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility
Alliance (WECA), a recently formed industry organization which
promotes and certifies interoperability of IEEE 802.11 High
Rate wireless LAN products. The 802.11 High Rate standard
is an extension of 802.11 DSSS.
"Zoom has been
shipping 802.11 DSSS products since 1998, and they are an
extremely important part of our product strategy," said
Frank Manning, Zoom's president and CEO. "Our vision
is to provide broadband links to the Internet using cable
modem and DSL technology, and to distribute that bandwidth
to computers and Internet appliances in the home or office
with low-cost, high-performance wireless networking. Zoom
is already shipping or planning to ship the key products that
make that vision a reality."
reflects the dramatic upcoming improvements in speed and cost
for 802.11 DSSS wireless technology," Manning continued.
"Those improvements will move 802.11 DSSS from vertical
markets to high-volume horizontal markets. We believe that
Zooms product strategy, engineering and production strength,
and marketing channels position us very well for growth fueled
by wireless and broadband demand."
Zoom is currently
shipping 802.11 DSSS PCMCIA and ISA network interface cards,
wireless access points which bridge between wired and wireless
networks, and antennas which expand the range of 802.11 DSSS
wireless networks. Soon Zoom will ship 802.11 HR products
that incorporate wireless networking into routers with ISDN,
cable modems and other broadband Internet access technologies.
"WECA serves as a catalyst for the widespread standardization
and deployment of IEEE 802.11 HR wireless LAN products,"
said Phil Belanger, WECA Chairman. "As the first truly
global standard to emerge, it will safeguard the investment
of customers who expect multi-vendor interoperability as they
build wireless LANs in an ever-evolving communications environment."
Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs,
produces and markets modems, wireless LAN 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 and Hayes are two of the company's
powerful brand names.
Zoom Telephonics is publicly
traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: ZOOM).
Zoom and Hayes brand products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts
and sold worldwide.
WECA is a non-profit organization
formed in 1999 to certify interoperability of IEEE 802.11High
Rate wireless LAN products and to promote that standard for
enterprise, small business, public and home markets. WECA
has defined a test suite against which member products are
tested to certify that they are interoperable with other vendor
products. An independent lab will conduct testing. Products
that successfully pass are granted the WECA seal of interoperability.