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Asante Showcases New 1000BaseT GBIC Connects Fiber and Copper Networks

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SAN JOSE, Calif.-July 17, 2001--Asante Technologies, Inc. continues to make Gigabit Ethernet even more affordable. In booth no. 1425 at Macworld New York (July 18-20), Asante will be showing the broadest family of Gigabit Ethernet products for Macintosh and PC computers. "Asante's new 1000BaseT GBIC is the most affordable in its class," commented Rusty Callihan, Asante's vice president of Sales. "And it supports all industry-standard Gigabit Ethernet switches with GBIC slots." Asante will also highlight its award-winning line of cable/DSL routers. The company's new wireless-ready router, the FriendlyNET(R) FR3002AL, is a 2-port 10/100 switch with integrated print server and optional wireless connection. "The FR3002AL is the only router to offer users a choice -- either wired or wireless," commented William Hang, product manager at Asante. "This gives users flexibility at an affordable price." When users want wireless support, they simply plug an Asante AeroLAN into the router and begin talking with other 802.11b compatible devices -- including Apple's AirPort. The recently released FriendlyNET FR3004C, which contains a redundant modem port, enables customers to upgrade from a v.90 56K analog modem and still keep it as a back-up modem. For those who also need a network print server, the FR3004LC is available for just $10 more. Asante continues its leadership in offering affordable, powerful Gigabit Ethernet switches. The FriendlyNET GX4-800 switch contains 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports -- 7 ports of 10/100/1000BaseT and one 1000BaseX GBIC module interface -- which provide the flexibility to easily connect workgroups to a fiber- or copper-based Gigabit backbone. Compared with other 8-port Gigabit switches, the new GX4-800GBIC is half the price -- just $250 per port. In addition, Asante will feature the GX4-224 (24 ports of 10/100 with 2 ports of 100/1000) and the GX4-400 (4 ports of 100/1000) switches. Asante will also showcase new high-density Gigabit switches. "The IntraCore 65120 switches have the highest Gigabit port count in the rack-mounted 1U market," said Wilson Wong, Asante's CEO and president. "And the cost per port will be the lowest, making them the most affordable switches in their class." The IntraCore(TM) 65120 switches offer great flexibility. Depending on the existing network structure, each GBIC Gigabit Ethernet module interface can be configured with a 1000BaseT, 1000BaseSX, or 1000BaseLX GBIC interface. This non-proprietary architecture allows customers to mix-and-match many different network configurations, reducing acquisition costs. "Customers only have to purchase what they need when they need it," added Wong.

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