PCI Network Interface Card
About the Zoom Embedded Modem
- Creates an affordable Local Area Network without running
- Installs easily using existing home phone wires
- Does not disrupt normal phone use
- Share Internet access, printers, and files
- Plugs into PCI slot
- Home Phoneline Network Alliance certified
Networking your computers at home has never been easier.
The Zoom/HomeLAN family of products plugs into standard
phone jacks for fast, affordable networking without the
cost and inconvenience of running cables. Households with
more than one PC can now swap files, share a printer or
other equipment, play networked games and share Internet
Zoom/HomeLAN does not disrupt normal phone use. Your telephone
or fax machine plugs into a phone jack on the Zoom /HomeLAN
PCI and can be used normally even while computers are actively
networked on the same phone line. The jack is filtered
to improve network performance and guard against noise
Zoom/HomeLAN transmits and receives data at a fast 1 Megabit
per second rate. That's about 30 times faster than a modem
and nearly as fast as a heavily trafficked office network.
The Zoom/HomeLAN PCI card is shipped with a two-user version
of SyGate. This software allows shared Internet access
over a Zoom/HomeLAN network using a single Internet account.
The SyGate software's Network Address Translation (NAT)
feature supports the broadest range of Internet application
software, including NetMeeting, ICQ, InternetPhone, Net2Phone,
and VPN (PPTP). And, unlike other Internet sharing software,
SyGate enables any PC on the Zoom/HomeLAN network to initiate
a dialup connection to the Internet using America OnLine's
AOL 4.0 browser. SyGate can also be used to prevent access
to undesirable Web sites or restrict access to approved
Zoom/HomeLAN is certified by the HomePNA (Phoneline Networking
Alliance). So, Zoom/HomeLAN will talk to any other computer
equipped with HomePNA compatible network devices. A Zoom/HomeLAN
PCI card can also be used as a 10BASE-T network interface
card, which provides flexibility should networking needs
Zoom/HomeLAN PCI is simple to install. The card plugs
into a computer's PCI slot and is connected by a normal
phone cable to a residential phone line. Included software
makes wizard-assisted setup and configuration quick and
easy. Zoom/HomeLAN works on nearly any computer, even older
486-based models. All that's required is an available PCI
slot, a CD-ROM drive (for software installation) and a
hard drive. One Zoom/HomeLAN card, or compatible card,
is needed for each computer on the network.
Questions & Answers
What is a LAN and how can it be useful in my home?
A LAN is a Local Area Network. LANs are used in most offices to connect computers
together so that all computer users can work together and share Internet
access, files, and equipment (like printers). In a home with more than
one computer a LAN can be put to the same uses. Until now, however, traditional
LANs have required special cabling and technical expertise that have made
them unsuitable for the average home user. Zoom/HomeLAN solves this problem.
How do I install Zoom/Home LAN?
Zoom/HomeLAN is an easy-to-install plug-and-play PCI card. Just install the
card in any available PCI slot and plug it into a phone jack. Zoom/Home
LAN has a second phone jack built-in so you can still plug in a phone or
fax machine at the same location.
What is shared Internet access?
With Zoom/HomeLAN, it is possible for all computer users in your home to
share one Internet connection. Zoom/HomeLAN works regardless of the type
of modem (or other access device) that you're using. In fact, any connection
that works with a standard Web browser will work with Zoom/HomeLAN. Zoom/HomeLAN
includes software that lets more than one PC share an Internet connection.
Zoom/HomeLAN's data rate is 1 Megabit per second (1
Mbps). How fast is that?
Fast! About 30 times faster than a modem. Even though the data rate on an
office network is rated theoretically at 10 Mbps, the practical speed is
slowed relative to the number of users connected to it. On average, your
Zoom/HomeLAN will be almost as fast as an office network.
I bought a computer that has "HomePhoneline Networking" installed.
Will Zoom/HomeLAN network to it?
Yes! Zoom, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, 3COM, Intel and other manufacturers
are shipping products that are HomePNA (Phoneline Networking Alliance)
certified, so they can talk to each other or any other HomePNA compatible
or certified product.
Won't Zoom/HomeLAN interfere with my phones?
No! Zoom/HomeLAN is designed to transmit its signal on a completely different
frequency band than a normal telephone, so you can use Zoom/HomeLAN to
communicate between your computers and use your phones for voice calls
at the same time. Of course, to be connected to the Internet on a modem
and make a phone call simultaneously, you need two phone lines.
1 Mbps send/receive
with HomePNA (Phoneline Networking Alliance) certified
included for Windows 9x and NT4.0
Users Per Network
than 10 users for best performance
Minimum System Requirements
486, Pentium, Celeron (or equivalent AMD or Cyrix
Available PCI slot
One Zoom/HomeLAN card is needed for each networked computer
FCC parts 15B and 68 UL, C-UL Industry
Network Interface Card (Internal)