News Release

Cisco Announces New PC, Dial-Up Solutions Featuring Windows 95 Support and ISDN Connectivity

Two New Versions of CiscoRemote and New Cisco 200 Series
Jan 30, 1996

Two New Versions of CiscoRemote and New Cisco 200 Series Family Round Out PC Dial-Up Connectivity Offerings

SAN JOSE, Calif., -- January 30, 1996 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announcedfive new remote access products that offer the most complete remote accesssolutions for enterprise telecommuters, mobile professionals and even homeusers that require access to a central office or the Internet. The newproducts are CiscoRemote Plus Version 2.0, CiscoRemote Lite Version 2.0 andthree products in the Cisco 200 series of remote node Integrated ServicesDigital Network (ISDN) products.

"With our new versions of CiscoRemote and our additions to the Cisco 200series, Cisco has extended its end-to-end solutions with robust offeringsat the lowest access point," said Ian Pennell, director, Access ServerDivision, in Cisco's Access Business Unit. "Cisco continues to lead theindustry in providing access solutions that are easy to install, configureand manage. With today's announcements, users can take advantage ofCisco's breadth of offerings to select a single, affordable solution."

Best-in-Class, Affordable, and Secure High-Speed Access in a SinglePackage

CiscoRemote Plus is the first integrated product that incorporatesfull-featured remote computing applications -- such as electronic mail,file transfer, and terminal emulation, plus remote node and remote control-- and guarantees interoperability and scalability at one low price.CiscoRemote Lite, based on the full-featured CiscoRemote Plus, is designedto provide users with basic connectivity to get up and running quickly. Newfeatures found in CiscoRemote Plus and CiscoRemote Lite include ISDNlocal-areanetwork (LAN) drivers and platform support for Windows 95, enabling remoteusers to quickly and easily connect to enterprise networks and theInternet.

CiscoRemote Plus is designed for enterprise telecommuters and mobileprofessionals requiring access to enterprise networks and the Internet. Foreasy Internet access, CiscoRemote Plus now features Version 2.0 of theNetscape Internet browser, which allows even a novice computer user toquickly access information from thousands of Web servers worldwide bypointing and clicking on topics of interest. For enterprise collaboration,the first T.120-compatible, multi-point communications application,DataBeam Inc.'s FarSite 3.0, is also now integrated into CiscoRemote Plus.This advanced collaborative functionality allows users to interactivelyshare graphics, charts and other documents, enabling workgroups to performon-line collaboration in real time to reach closure on critical projects.Cisco Remote Plus is also the first remote access application suite toinclude AirSoft Inc.'s Powerburst remote node acceleration software.Powerburst increases application performance, such as electronic mail anddatabase access, by two to six times.

CiscoRemote also provides the most complete, flexible security options tomeet customers' growing needs for secure access. Three levels of securitysupport are provided in both CiscoRemote Plus and CiscoRemote Lite,including basic user name and password security through the PasswordAuthentication Protocol (PAP); enhanced security, including token cardsupport, through the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP);and the highest level of security featuring call back provisions with CallBack RFC 1570 and S/Key password encrypting.

Affordable Remote Node Solution for Telecommuters, SOHO Environments

The Cisco 200 series istargeted at telecommuters and home office users whorequire transparent access to corporate LANs and the Internet. These newproducts offer a number of key features that make them ideal for part- orfull-time telecommuters, including low cost of ownership, ease ofinstallation and configuration, and support for a range of WAN bandwidthoptimization and dial-on-demand options to decrease connection costs. Plus,network managers don't have to worry about dial-in network security, sinceboth products support the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol(CHAP) and Calling Line Identification (CLI).

The Cisco 202 features a built-in network termination 1 (NT1) device and isdesigned for regions such as North America, where separate NT1s are notrequired. To further simplify deployment and support of large-scale,dial-up solutions, the Cisco 203 and 204 are bundled with CiscoRemote Plusclient software. Now, single PC users can have an entire suite of remotecomputing applications, as well as ISDN access hardware, in a singlepackage. Because all 200 series products integrate into a PC, there is alsono need to purchase additional Network Interface Cards (NICs) or other LANequipment, reducing costs even further.


CiscoRemote Plus and CiscoRemote Lite are scheduled to be availableworldwide in the second quarter of 1996. CiscoRemote Lite is free with thepurchase of a Cisco Access Server product. Cisco 201, 202, 203 and 204 areavailable immediately.

About Cisco

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the leading globalsupplier ofinternetworking solutions,including routers, LAN and ATM switches, dial-upaccess servers, and network management software. These products, integratedby the Cisco Internetwork OperatingSystem (Cisco IOS(tm)) software, linkgeographically dispersed LANs, WANs and IBM networks. Cisco Systems newsand product/service information are available at World Wide Web site Cisco Systems is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.

Posted: Jan 26 10:06:40 1996