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June 24, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T’s Computer Systems Division seems to have a penchant for making big splashes during computer shows at the moment. Following its recent product blitz at Comdex/Spring, the company chose its own Network Users Group AT&T – NUGATT – meeting in Philadelphia to announce a range of new Fibre Digital Data Interface local and wide area network products for use with its StarGroup software. These include the FDDI-to-802.3 Ethernet bridge – StarWAN Multi-bridge, filtering at 500,000 packets per second; a FDDI b-router – StarWAN Brouter, Model 450, supporting up to two FDDI dual access station interfaces and up to 28 Ethernet connections; and an FDDI concentrator – StarLAN 100 Network Concentrator, which, supporting up to 15 connections, enables workstations and hosts to be plugged into an FDDI network without disrupting network operation. StarWAN Brouter now supports International Standards Organisation and Novell IPX protocols, as well as TCP/IP, DECnet and AppleTalk. The company also announced compatibility with the Ethernet over twisted pair 10Base-T standard, (Draft 10), for StarLAN 10 Network Hardware Solutions, and has upped the warranty period on its 10Mbps StarLAN 10 Network and the 1Mbps StarLAN Network to three years. In addition StarWAN Information Systems Network and Datakit II Vitual Circuit Switch have been enhanced with a new program providing gateway services between the two and ISO-based StarGroup local area networks. For users that don’t need a FDDI system a new StarWAN Brouter Model 200 was also introduced for up to two Ethernet connections and two T-1 network connections. Also new is the 6386 WorkGroup System Fibre Interface, enabling 6386 computers to communicate and transfer files with terminals, printers, 3B2 systems and other WorkGroup System computers via StarWAN ISN. AT&T says that a range of its StarLAN 10 Network Hardware – Network Hub Unit, PC Network Access Unit, Network Attachment Unit Interface Adaptor, Network Fibre Hub and Network Fibre Adaptor – is now compatible with the IEEE 10Base-T Draft 10 standard. And two similarly compatible products have been added to the range – the Network MC200 Network Access Unit plug in board for IBM PS/2s, and Network Coax Adaptor IEEE 802.3 two port repeater for cheapernet connection to a Network Hub Unit via a twisted pair. No prices were given.

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