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April 28, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Sunnyvale, California-based Telebit Corp has announced a new V.34- – V.Fast – ready modem – available in stand-alone and rack-mount configurations – and a new central site modem management system dubbed the ViewBlazer. The new modem, the FastBlazer 8840, will ship from June as a V.32bis product, which the company says can be upgraded to V.34 when the standard is ratified, via a free software download. Telebit says that once upgraded, the modem will operate at the full 28.8Kbps V.34 speed, or at up to 115.2Kbps using V.42bis compression. Despite the fact that technical issues surrounding the ratification of V.34 are now said to have been completed, Telebit decided to hold off from implementing the standard on its products, in case of any more hitches. The price of both modems is to be $1,400. The new ViewBlazer management system replaces Xpresso, acquired as part of the company’s takeover of Octocom Inc. Unlike that, it has a graphical user interface and is based on Hewlett-Packard Co’s OpenView operating environment although it uses a proprietary management system claimed to be more fully-featured than SNMP.


It is said to manage up to 65,000 of the company’s modems from a single personal computer, including the new FastBlazer modems and the Xpresso range launched with the management system of the same name. Features are said to include remote management and configuration; customisable network maps; restricted access security options; a scheduler for regular events; pre-configured and customised modem configuration templates; and a report generator allowing network managers to tailor reports for their specific requirements (pre-configured reports are also included). ViewBlazer will ship in June, costing $1,500. The company has also introduced a new software release for its NetBlazer dial-up routers, adding features including TCP/IP access for remote Apple Macintosh users, multi-user log-in, remote user password assignment, and NetWare remote user enhancements – said to allow speedier dial-up performace for users running Microsoft Corp Windows enhanced mode. Also added are customised reporting for tracking network activity, bill-back tools, and SecurID user authentification technology from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Security Dynamics Inc. The software will be standard on all new NetBlazer routers, and is available free to Telebit service contract holders. For those without service contracts, it is to cost between $250 and $500 according to router model.

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