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| NEC to Launch Low-Priced Routers for Home Use
November 9, 1998 (TOKYO) -- NEC Corp. plans to launch a new router for
home use equipped with a built-in terminal adapter and digital service
|The COMSTARZ ROUTER (CMZ-RT-DS) is to debut on Dec. 5. It will be priced
at 49,800 yen (US$420).
The new product belongs to the ISDN-connection type routers for home
use, the COMSTARZ ROUTER series.
The new product is equipped with such features as (1)
the hub feature necessary to configure a LAN that connects multiple
PCs, (2) TA and DSU features that are necessary when connecting to an
ISDN circuit, and (3) a router feature that allows multiple PCs to share
the user ID registered with a service provider.
Like the existing product priced at 58,800 yen (US$500), COMSTARZ ROUTER
(CMZ-RT-D2), the new product is equipped with a liquid-crystal display
panel and a built-in TA. It is priced at less than 50,000 yen.
The LCD placed at the front of the body makes it possible without starting
the PC to display the number of incoming mails, the time connected to
the Internet for each user and callers' telephone numbers.
The 10BASE-T port, which connects to a PC and printer, has four ports
at the back and one port at the front of the body. However, because
one of the four ports at the back is to be shared with the port at the
front, and there are four ports available for simultaneous use.
Further, the new product is equipped with a serial port which is not
available with the existing model. In addition to be able to connect
with a LAN cable to a PC equipped with a network card, it is also possible
to connect to a PC with an RS-232C Cable.
Other interfaces newly added include: four analog ports (two ports with
the existing model); two S/T-point ports used for connecting to a digital
telephone unit (one such port with the existing model).
NEC aims to sell 160,000 COMSTARZ ROUTER (CMZ-RT-DS) units in the first
year after the launch.
(BizTech News Center)
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