LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- CES Booth #4122 LVCC-North Hall -- Now there is an easy and affordable way to interconnect the computers in your house and share data, on-line access, peripherals such as printers and scanners, and even play multi-user games. ActionTec's new ActionLink(TM) product line uses existing telephone lines to make connecting your PC's and peripherals to each other -- and to the Internet -- as easy as simply plugging in a telephone extension. The Plug-n-Play ActionLink Home Networking cards are fast and easy to install, and work over existing home telephone wiring without interfering with regular telephone service. The ActionLink product line presently includes stand-alone Home Networking Cards and introductory Home Networking Kits that include two cards, a multi-player game, and ActionTec's innovative DynaSyGate(TM) Internet and peripheral sharing software. The DynaSyGate software allows all the users in the house to simultaneously share a single ISP (Internet Service Provider) account, telephone line, and modem, reducing Internet access cost. As an extra bonus, the software includes "firewall" protection to prevent hackers from breaking into the computers and which allows parents to block out access to undesirable Internet sites. Why do homeowners need to interconnect their PCs? Let's take a typical scenario. You have a PC in the Den and another in your home office. Without a network, each machine needs its own printer, scanner, modem, backup unit and other peripherals. If you want to connect a laser printer to your machine for crisp professional output, but also use the color printer on the other machine, you need to laboriously copy files onto floppy disks, then copy them onto the other machine for printing. And if a file is too big to fit on a floppy disk, well, you're out of luck unless you're a techie. To make matters worse, if you are like most two-PC households, both of your PCs are logged onto the Internet every evening. This means that you not only are tying up two phone lines, you are paying for two Internet accounts. ActionTec's ActionLink solves all of these issues, making home PC systems more affordable, more efficient, and more flexible. All users have access to the peripherals and files on the network, eliminating the need for redundancy. All users share the same Internet access, eliminating extra Internet and phone charges. "The growing number of households with multiple computers, coupled with the reduction in cost of those PC's, has created a huge demand for in-home networks," stated Elliot Hadaegh, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ActionTec. "By combining ease of use and affordability, ActionLink not only fulfills this need, it turns every homeowner into a networking expert." With the concept of affordable, easy-to-install home networking, new applications for home PCs become practical. These include PC-based security systems, environmental controls, digital TV's, digital phones, even multi-player games. The Home Networking Cards have an MSRP of $99 and the Introductory Home Networking Kit has an MSRP of $149. About ActionTec ActionTec has earned an enviable list of awards worldwide, including the prestigious Best of Show award at this summer's Retail Xchange, and the Editors Choice award from CNET's computer.com. ActionTec is also collaborating with Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group in the recently announced "The Lucent Edge" campaign. ActionTec Electronics, Inc. is a significant global player in the data communications marketplace. ActionTec's technically sophisticated products target the needs of SOHO and consumer users of mobile and desktop computers. The company has a track record of growth, attributed primarily to strong relationships in the data communications product marketplace. ActionTec's product line includes a complete line of phone-line based Home Networking products, Mobile and Desktop Fax/Modems, and Ethernet cards, as well as Internal and External PC Card Read/Write Drives for SmartMedia, CompactFlash and ATA Flash PC Cards. ActionTec's broad range of connectivity and storage products enables desktop computer users to increase productivity and allows mobile computer users to communicate effectively from non-traditional locations. ActionTec products are available through national distribution and retail outlets as well as through private label and OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. and maintains branch offices in Philadelphia, Pa., Government Sales in Arlington, Va., and International Sales in Irvine, Calif. ActionTec Inc. can be reached via the Internet at http://www.actiontec.com, or by phone at 408-541-9003.
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