RC Networks Announces SDSL Router

BOSTON (05/02/2000) - RC Networks Inc. yesterday took the wraps off a new SDSL (symmetric digital subscriber line) router with the capacity to deliver SDSL service over existing telephone lines to multi-tenant offices, hotel rooms and apartments. The product -- the RC2000 SDSL router -- will be demonstrated at next week's Networld+Interop (N+I) event in Las Vegas.

The company claims that the SDSL router is the first product of its kind, featuring a built-in capability to deliver SDSL over phone lines through an SDSL interface to a software-enhanced RC8000 Access Concentrator.

Placed in a hotel room or office, the RC2000 provides high-speed Internet access of up to 2.3M-bps (bits per second) full duplex, which means that the data transfer speed is equally fast when uploading or downloading. The router features RC Networks' AnyPair technology, which coexists with plain old telephone services (POTS) and supports voice and data services over the same single twisted-pair wire.

RC Networks is targeting a new market -- the hospitality sector -- with the router, in addition to the multi-tenant unit market. The router carries a lower price tag and is smaller in size than comparable equipment, according to the company.

"Because of its low cost and small footprint, the RC2000 is an ideal solution for hotels who wish to offer DSL to guests in their rooms," Donna Burke, a spokeswoman for RC Networks, said in a telephone interview today.

The RC8000 Access Concentrator takes the connection from the incoming T1 line and converts it to DSL that runs over POTS lines to the tenant's suite and is installed in the wiring closet of the office building or hotel, Burke said. All configuration, software upgrades and diagnostics support are handled by the RC8000 over SDSL for the RC2000.

The RC2000 also features plug-and-play installation through its auto-configure functions.

Due to its easy installation, easy manageability and cost effectiveness, the RC2000 is ideal for service providers and property managers who want to deliver high-bandwidth services to tenants quickly, Jerry Dusa, president and chief executive officer of RC Networks, said in yesterday's statement.

With a U.S. list price of US$299, the RC2000 will be available worldwide in June.

San Diego, California-based RC Networks can be reached at +1-877-725-4887 in the U.S. or on the Web at http://www.rcnets.com/.

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