News Release

Cisco Expands Solutions for High-Speed Internet Access

New ADSL Products Offered Through Service Providers
May 06, 1998

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- May 6, 1998 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced two additions to its solution set for service providers offering high-speed Internet access for homes and small businesses. The products use Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology, which transfers data as much as 240 times faster than the modems most commonly used in homes today.

The new products, which are available now, are the Cisco 605 Personal PCI ADSL Modem and the Cisco 675 SOHO/Telecommuter ADSL Router. They are designed as low-cost, "plug-and-play" solutions for the telecommuter, small-office/home-office (SOHO) and consumer markets worldwide.

The products are offered to end-users through service providers who are deploying ADSL services, and work in combination with the Cisco 6100 Advanced Broadband Access System. Service providers use the Cisco 6100 to connect individual ADSL lines to their backbone networks.

The Cisco 605 connects to a user's PC via an internal PCI interface. The Cisco 675 is a stand-alone, integrated router and modem that connects to the user's network via a fast Ethernet 10/100Base-T port. Both products offer adaptive data-transfer rates from 192 kbps to 7 Mbps downstream to the end-user and up to 1 Mbps upstream back to the service provider. The rate-adaptive feature of the products enables service providers to establish service offerings at various data transmission speeds under different tariffs in order to appeal to a broad range of customers. The advantage to end-users of the rate-adaptive feature is that it allows them to use the same modem as their bandwidth requirements increase.

"The scaleable bandwidth and ease-of-use aspects of the Cisco 605 and Cisco 675 enable U S WEST to offer our customers maximum value for their Internet access and telecommuting needs," said Mike Rouleau, vice president of marketing for U S WEST !NTERPRISE Networking.

The Cisco 605, Cisco 675 and Cisco 6100 were developed by NetSpeed Inc., which was acquired by Cisco in April. The Cisco 6100 was formerly known as the NetSpeed LoopRunner, and the Cisco 605 was announced as the NetSpeed SpeedRunner.

Both the Cisco 605 and Cisco 675 allow users to receive voice and data services over a single phone line without the need for a voice splitter. The "splitterless" design cuts deployment costs for service providers because no technician visit is required to the home. Both products are based on architectural models adopted by the ADSL Forum and meet industry-wide goals for ease-of-deployment and consumer installation.

The Cisco 675 supports a robust routing feature set for seamless integration of ADSL service into corporate or home networks. It provides high-speed, dedicated data services coupled with the security offered by a full-feature Layer 2/Layer 3 system. The routing features also support simultaneous service connections, allowing telecommuters or SOHO users to be connected to multiple service providers at the same time, such as a corporate network and an Internet service provider (ISP).

The Cisco 605, Cisco 675 and Cisco 6100 are being shown working together to connect three booths at Networld+Interop trade show in Las Vegas, May 4-8, demonstrating applications such as broadcast video, videoconferencing, voice-over-ADSL and service selection.

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