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April 29, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

Wellfleet Communications Inc, Billerica, Massachusetts has launched five new remote office bridge-routers, dubbed the Access Node family. The SNMP-manageable family comes with a single Ethernet and/or Token Ring interface with two synchronous ports and the option of a single ISDN Basic Rate Interface: future models of the Access Node will support an integrated ISDN Basic Rate Interface to remove the need for an external ISDN adaptor. The company claims that an advantage with the new products is that users can customise the product to suit their needs, since protocol support is based in building blocks: the product is said to support all major local network and wide area network protocols including TCP/IP, DECnet Phase IV, Open Systems Interconnection, Novell IPX, Banyan Vines, AppleTalk Phase 2, and Source Route Bridging. According to the company, the two synchronous interfaces can be used for dial back-up, dial-on-demand and bandwidth-on-demand, and support Frame Relay, X.25, Point-to-Point Protocol, Switched Multi-Megabit Data Services, Asynchronous Transfer Mode DXI, and Wellfleet HDLC Encapsulation. The company has also added an option for integrating SNA networks: one of the synchronous interfaces can be used an an SDLC connection, enabling SNA and multiprotocol local network traffic to be consolidated over a single wide area network link into the internetwork backbone. They will be available in July, with prices ranging from UKP1,922 for one Ethernet and two synchronous connections, or UKP2,341 for the corresponding Token Ring version, up to UKP3,179 for the one Ethernet, one Token Ring and two synchronous configuration.

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