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Zoom Telephonics Demonstrates Cable Modems With USB and "No-New-Wires" Networking At CCTA Western Show
Zoom Broadband Solution Includes Phoneline and Wireless LAN Options

Boston, MA, December 13, 1999 -- Zoom Telephonics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) is demonstrating for the first time cable modems that incorporate networking with "no-new-wires" technology and easy installation using a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. The products will be displayed at the CCTA (California Cable Television Association) Western Show, December 15-17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The cable modems will be exhibited in the Zoom booth (#4618) and at the show's CableNET '99 educational showcase. CableNET is an annual exhibition of the latest in broadband cable technology.

The Zoom cable modems being demonstrated install on the high-speed USB or 10BaseT port of a desktop or laptop computer. One of the models in the demonstration distributes broadband Internet data using home phoneline wiring or a wireless LAN (Local Area Network) link to other wireless-equipped devices. The Zoom exhibit will demonstrate how this technology simplifies installation and increases user satisfaction by providing convenient data distribution throughout a home or business.

In Zoom's opinion, wireless LAN technology will be key in addressing the rapid growth anticipated in home and small business networking. According to Mike Wolf, Senior Home Networking Analyst for Cahners In-Stat Group, "At the end of 1999, an estimated 20 million multi-PC households in the United States combined with the exploding demand for broadband Internet services make home networking an extremely compelling proposition for many consumers."

Zoom currently markets a line of 802.11 DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) standard wireless LAN products under the ZoomAir™ name. A slot on the front panel of a networked Zoom cable modem accommodates a ZoomAir PCMCIA Network Interface Card that enables the unit's wireless networking feature. Zoom's advanced cable modem also includes both Home Phoneline (Home PNA) and standard Ethernet 10BaseT networking options. The home phoneline networking option allows the modem to be plugged into any RJ-11 phone jack in a residence to distribute data to any Home PNA enabled PC in the home.

Other features of the Zoom cable modem with networking include:

  • DOCSIS 1.0 based with a software upgrade to DOCSIS 1.1
  • Easy user installation using either a USB interface or 10BaseT and a software installation wizard
  • WebManage™ software, which allows remote configuration and support of the local area networking features using any Web browser

The Zoom cable modem line also includes a lower cost, DOCSIS based model with a 10BaseT interface only.

About Zoom Telephonics

Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs, produces and markets cable modems, faxmodems, wireless LAN products, Home Phoneline Networking devices, 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 local area networks. Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on NASDAQ (NASDAQ: ZOOM). Zoom products are marketed under the Zoom and Hayes brands and sold worldwide.

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

Press Contact:
Beth McElveen

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. The technologies being pursued 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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