Macsense Connectivity Develops Internet Sharing Hub
Device allows virtually unlimited number of users to access the Internet through just one ISP, one phone line, and one modem.
SANTA CLARA, CA (May 12, 1999) Macsense Connectivity, Inc. says it has a product that could save small companies thousands of dollars each year. The MIH-108 Internet Sharing Hub eliminates the need to purchase multiple ISP accounts, modems, and phone lines for each user. Instead, users can access the Internet through just one standard phone line and one ISP account.
"The MIH-108 is the perfect solution for almost any networking environment where you have several people who want to be online at the same time. At home, for example, the kids can surf the net while mom buys online groceries and dad checks his stock quotes. Or if a small company has several employees who need to access the web to do research, this will allow them all to be online simultaneously," said Phillip Chang, Vice President of Macsense. "And the great thing about this device is that it only uses one channel for everybody. The available bandwidth is divided between them."
The unit is equipped with two RS-232 ports that support most standard modems and ISDN terminal adapters, providing a maximum throughput tested at more than 400Kbps. The makers say this bandwidth could support up to 40 users at the same time, although the device actually allows 252 network users to make a physical uplink. Users can connect to the unit regardless of whether they are working from Macintosh or PC computers the platform-independent hub simply routes traffic to the proper address, no questions asked.
The MIH-108 is equipped with eight 10Base-T RJ-45 ports and one 10Base-T RJ-45 uplink port. A handful of network activity LEDs grace the units front panel for at-a-glance diagnostics. And the MIH-108 has a sleek, curvy, translucent blue casing that allows you to see the circuitry inside, making it the aesthetic soul mate of the iMac. Web-based configuration and management makes installation quick and easy.
Macsense says its official international release date is February 18, the opening day of the MacWorld Expo in Tokyo. End-users can familiarize themselves with the device at the show. The MIH-108 is available to the general public on-line (www.xsense.com), or through mail order catalogs. The MSRP in the United States is $299.
About Macsense Connectivity Inc.
Since it was founded in 1997, Macsense Connectivity Inc. has established itself as the low-price leader in supplying networking hardware to the Macintosh community. The companys line of products includes hubs, switches, Internet sharing devices, network interface cards, USB peripherals and other products designed to make local area networks (LANs) faster, more efficient and more affordable for small-to-medium-sized businesses, corporations, and educational institutions. Macsense products are available to the domestic and international public through mail-order catalogs, value-added resellers, and systems integrators. Macsense is headquartered at 3350 Scott Blvd., Building 2, Santa Clara CA 95054.
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