News Release

New 10BaseT Applique Simplifies Wiring of Ethernet LANs to Cisco's Modular Routers and Terminal Servers

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 18, 1992 -- Cisco Systems has
Feb 18, 1992

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 18, 1992 -- Cisco Systems has introduced an integrated 10BaseT transceiver that simplifies the installation and wiring of Ethernet local-area networks into its modular internetwork routers and terminal servers.

The new 10BaseT Ethernet Transceiver Applique supports up to 28, six and two direct unshielded twisted-pair connections in Cisco's AGS+ (nine-slot), MGS (six-slot) and CGS (two-slot) router/bridge models, respectively; and one connection each in the ASM and MSM terminal servers and the CPT protocol translator.

Rick Johnson, router product manager, said, "The 10BaseT applique is useful for virtually anyone interconnecting multiple Ethernets in a twisted-pair environment. It also facilitates integration of routers with 10BaseT wiring concentrators, or hubs.

"Previously an Ethernet connection required an AUI port plus an external transceiver. The new applique replaces both the AUI port and the external transceiver cable, providing a direct RJ45 phone-like jack connection to the router or terminal server. This increases reliability by eliminating cable strain and reducing external connector problems."

Each 10BaseT connector supports distances of up to 328 feet (100 meters) between stations and supports all features of the AUI Ethernet connection. Supported Media Access Control (MAC) protocols include Ethernet V2 and the IEEE 802.3 standard. The applique uses an industry-standard Ethernet transceiver chip to ensure IEEE 802.3 compliance.

Available 60 days after receipt of order, the 10BaseT Ethernet Transceiver Applique comes in one-, two-, four-, six- and eight-port configurations.

Cisco Systems, Inc., is the leading supplier of high- performance, multimedia and multiprotocol internetworking products, including routers, bridges, terminal servers and network management software. Cisco technology can be used to build enterprise-wide networks linking an unlimited number of geographically dispersed LANs. Cisco is publicly traded over-the- counter under the NASDAQ symbol CSCO.