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December 1, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

Westborough, Massachusetts-based Proteon Inc has announced a series of enhancements to its OpenRoute internetworking software suite, which has also been licensed to the likes of Motorola Inc, IBM Corp and Digital Equipment Corp. Key features of OpenRoute 2.0 include DLSw Data Link Switching enhancements, wide area network re-route functionality, and simplified initial configuration. On the Data Link Switching front, Proteon has made OpenRoute compliant with RFC 1795, which enhances the original RFC 1434-compliant switching by improving the interoperability of Data Link implementations from multiple vendors and providing improved connection set-up and congestion control. Its new implementation is fully backwards-compatible with RFC 1434. On the remote access side, Proteon’s so-called wide area network Reroute establishes an alternate route so that if a primary link should fail, the router automatically initiates a new connection to the destination through the alternate route. With this feature, the alternate link does not need to be connected to the same end point as the primary link, notes the firm. Finally, Proteon says it has made it easier for users to set up and configure their routers by eliminating the need for local initial configuration. Instead, OpenRoute will dynamically download initial router configurations or, if there is no configuration data, obtain it from a network server. Once the initial configuration is retrieved from the network, the system is automatically restarted with the new parameters, says the firm. The new software has begun shipping in the GlobeTrotter series of interoffice Internet access devices, the RBX 250 remote access router and the CSX 900ER integrated switching-router.

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