Consumer Trend Toward Cable/DSL, Macsense Connectivity Announces Broadband Internet Sharing Hub

T-1 is too expensive. Analog is too slow. Broadband here to stay.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (July 21, 1999) – The International Telecommunications Union estimates more than 2 million people worldwide will use Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) by the year 2001. Macsense Connectivity, Inc., a leading supplier of networking products to the Macintosh community, has responded to this trend and appears ready to cater to the growing demands of this segment. The company announced today the release of the XRouter MIH-120 broadband Internet sharing hub. The hub divides the bandwidth from a single DSL or cable line among as many as 252 Internet users, making it an ideal solution for small businesses, school classrooms, and home offices with several computers that need affordable high-speed Internet access simultaneously.

Phillip Chang, President of Macsense Connectivity, likes to think big. Chang said he believes the XRouter could help pave the way for DSL and cable, perhaps making the mediums so affordable that they could eventually replace 56K Internet connections altogether. "Many homes have four or five computers most of which are currently relying on a standard 56K connection to provide Internet service. However, we’re beginning to see DSL Internet service being adopted by many small businesses, and cable is beginning to creep into suburban areas," Chang said. "But the real key for DSL and cable to replace 56K is cost, and that’s where the XRouter comes in. By eliminating the consumers’ need to pay the large fees associated with purchasing separate ISP accounts for each individual needing Internet access, the XRouter effectively reduces the costs of providing high-speed Internet service by about half for a group of just three users. And these savings increase in relation to the number of users connected to the XRouter."

The broadband Internet sharing hub relies on network address translation (NAT) to mask the users’ identities from Internet Service Providers (that would otherwise require each individual to purchase his own account). In addition to masking the identities of local area network (LAN) users to the outside world, NAT subjects queries originating from outside the LAN to authentication tests, in effect acting as a filter and providing users with superb protection. This feature is especially useful for those who want to host Web sites from their own homes using the XRouter’s Virtual Server function.

The XRouter supports hybrid networks of Macintosh, PC and Unix computers, and setup is easy. Users can simply run an Ethernet cable from the DSL or cable modem into the XRouter's Wide Area Network (WAN) port, and then run Ethernet cables from each of the XRouter's four LAN ports to each of the client computers. Configuring the device is comparably easy. The XRouter offers a familiar, intuitive Web-based configuration process, automatically assigning TCP/IP values to each network computer, thus eliminating the user’s need to type long strings of IP addresses.

Macsense says the four LAN ports can also double as an Ethernet hub, with one LAN port capable of being configured to crossover mode for uplinking to a separate network hub. A handful of network activity LED’s grace the unit’s front panel for at-a-glance diagnostics.

Macsense says the official international release date for the XRouter MIH-120 is July 21, the opening day for exhibitors at the MacWorld Exposition in New York City. End users can see the XRouter in action by visiting Macsense at booth #134, or they can read more about the XRouter and the whole Macsense family of products online at The MIH-120 is available to the general public through most major mail order catalogs. The MSRP in the United States is $349.

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 company’s quality 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. The company’s headquarters are located at 3350 Scott Blvd., Bldg. 2, Santa Clara CA 95054.

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