What is a LAN and why would
I want to use one in my home?
A LAN is a Local Area Network.
LANs are used in most offices to connect computers together
so that all the computer users in the office can work together
and share Internet access, files, and equipment (like printers).
For the same reasons, a LAN is useful in a home with more
than one computer. Until now, however, LANs have required
special cabling and technical expertise that made it difficult
and financially unattractive for the average home user.
Zoom/HomeLAN solves this problem.
How do I install Zoom/HomeLAN?
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, just like a modem
or standard phone. Zoom/HomeLAN has a second phone jack
built-in so you can still plug in a phone or fax machine
at the same location.
What do you mean by shared
With Zoom/HomeLAN, it is possible
for all the computer users in your home to share one
Internet connection. Zoom/Home LAN works regardless of
of modem (or other access device) that you're using.
In fact, any connection that works with a standard Web
like Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Explorer will
work with Zoom/HomeLAN. Zoom/HomeLAN includes software
lets more than one PC share an Internet connection.
What else can Zoom/HomeLAN
do for me?
With Zoom/HomeLAN everyone can
share printers, ZIP drives,and files. Plus family members
can play networked games together from different computers
in your home.
How fast is 1 Megabit per
second (1 Mbps)?
Fast! About 30 times faster than
a modem. Even though office networks are normally 10 Mbps,
they have to support many more people, so on average your
Zoom/HomeLAN will be almost as fast as an office network.
I bought a computer that has "Home
Phoneline Networking" installed. Will Zoom/HomeLAN network
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 and make a phone call simultaneously, you
need 2 phone lines.