Linksys to Incorporate Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Capabilities Into Line Of Networking Hardware Solutions

The Combination of UPnP and Linksys Makes Setting Up a Home or Business

Network Easier



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Linksys Group, Inc.

    IRVINE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Linksys(R), a leading provider of
 broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the home, small office/home
 office (SOHO), and small/medium business (SMB) corporate environments today
 announced plans to incorporate the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) open
 networking architecture into its line of popular selling broadband Cable/DSL
 Routers, Print Servers, Network-Attached Storage and upcoming line of
 Residential Gateways solutions.  Linksys' UPnP implementation makes it easier
 to set up and administer a home or business network because it allows for the
 automatic addition and removal of equipment on a network.
     UPnP allows users to connect their UPnP-enabled broadband router, print
 server and other devices right to the network with zero-configuration
 -- meaning easier setup for installing the device on the network.  The
 automatic discovery feature enables the device to obtain an IP address,
 present and describe itself to other devices and PCs on the network without
 having to install drivers, and then configure and use those devices.
 Basically, once you plug the hardware onto the network, it will take care of
 preparing itself for use.
     "We see UPnP as a significant value add to our line of networking
 products.  It will enable our users to much more easily set up and manage
 their network," said Linksys Strategic Program Analyst, Ross Fujimoto.  "With
 the tremendous growth of networking in the home and small/medium business, we
 are striving to constantly improve on the usability of our hardware.  The UPnP
 Forum and Linksys have the same goal -- to make connectivity easier for our
 home and business customers."
     In addition to the overall advantages UPnP brings to its product line, one
 compelling reason Linksys will include UPnP support in its Internet gateway
 products is to ensure that applications traversing the Internet gateway simply
 work.  Network Address Translation (NAT) is an Internet Engineering Task Force
 standard used in Internet gateways, such as cable and DSL routers, to help
 service providers cope with the decreasing number of available IP addresses.
 Some applications do not work well with NAT, which creates customer
 satisfaction issues and high support costs.  Using UPnP to control the
 behavior of NAT, Linksys ensures these applications traversing the gateway are
 enabled in a transparent fashion for the user.
     "UPnP helps enable great customer experiences for multi-player games, real
 time communications, and other services and applications important to
 customers and to the industry, particularly with the forthcoming launch of
 Windows XP," said Mark Lee, lead product manager at Microsoft and the UPnP
 Forum Marketing Committee chairman.  "With an industry leader like Linksys
 stepping up to add such broad support across its product line for UPnP, we
 should expect higher customer satisfaction, lower support costs for cable or
 DSL broadband service providers, and more interesting application and service
 opportunities for creative software developers and service providers."
     Linksys will first incorporate UPnP into the upcoming Linksys
 GigaDrive(TM) Cable/DSL Router also known as the SOHO Server, a Cable/DSL
 Router, 20GB hard drive, 7-Port Switch, Print Server, DHCP server and
 firewall.  The SOHO Server is planned for release at Networld + Interop the
 week of May 7, 2001.  Linksys will also add UPnP capabilities into its line of
 broadband routers, print servers, storage and other selected products via
 firmware upgrade on the Linksys website at www.linksys.com.  The goal is to
 incorporate UPnP into all Linksys products requiring UPnP support by the time
 Windows XP is released this Fall.
 
     About Universal Plug and Play
     Consumer interest in home networking is increasing as PCs, information
 appliances and the Internet play a larger role in day-to-day activities such
 as entertainment, communication, education and shopping.  Linksys is among
 more than 330 companies leading the development of UPnP, which will make
 connecting multiple devices easier by building on existing Internet standards
 and technologies.  UPnP is network-media-independent and encompasses all types
 of networked and traditional peripheral devices, including PCs, home
 entertainment systems, new smart appliances, home automation systems,
 networked peripherals and Web-based services.
     The UPnP Forum was formed in October 1999 to help define interconnectivity
 standards to simplify the networking of intelligent devices.  The forum is
 achieving this goal by defining and publishing UPnP device and service control
 protocols.  Visit www.upnp.com for more information.
 
     About The Linksys Group, Inc.
     Linksys, an award-winning leader in the development of wireless, broadband
 and LAN networking solutions for the Home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and
 for Small/Medium Business (SMB) corporate environments, is the number-one
 manufacturer of networking hardware in the retail and e-commerce channels and
 the fastest growing networking solution provider for the SMB corporate sector.
 Linksys products emphasize speed, affordability, reliability, ease of
 installation and widespread compatibility and are sold through leading
 distributors, computer resellers, direct response and E-commerce and retail
 stores worldwide.
     For more information, visit the Linksys web site at www.linksys.com, email
 at sales@linksys.com or call toll-free 1-800-LINKSYS (546-5797).
 
     Linksys, EtherFast and GigaDrive are registered trademarks of Linksys.
 All other products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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    IRVINE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Linksys(R), a leading provider of
 broadband, wireless and networking hardware for the home, small office/home
 office (SOHO), and small/medium business (SMB) corporate environments today
 announced plans to incorporate the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) open
 networking architecture into its line of popular selling broadband Cable/DSL
 Routers, Print Servers, Network-Attached Storage and upcoming line of
 Residential Gateways solutions.  Linksys' UPnP implementation makes it easier
 to set up and administer a home or business network because it allows for the
 automatic addition and removal of equipment on a network.
     UPnP allows users to connect their UPnP-enabled broadband router, print
 server and other devices right to the network with zero-configuration
 -- meaning easier setup for installing the device on the network.  The
 automatic discovery feature enables the device to obtain an IP address,
 present and describe itself to other devices and PCs on the network without
 having to install drivers, and then configure and use those devices.
 Basically, once you plug the hardware onto the network, it will take care of
 preparing itself for use.
     "We see UPnP as a significant value add to our line of networking
 products.  It will enable our users to much more easily set up and manage
 their network," said Linksys Strategic Program Analyst, Ross Fujimoto.  "With
 the tremendous growth of networking in the home and small/medium business, we
 are striving to constantly improve on the usability of our hardware.  The UPnP
 Forum and Linksys have the same goal -- to make connectivity easier for our
 home and business customers."
     In addition to the overall advantages UPnP brings to its product line, one
 compelling reason Linksys will include UPnP support in its Internet gateway
 products is to ensure that applications traversing the Internet gateway simply
 work.  Network Address Translation (NAT) is an Internet Engineering Task Force
 standard used in Internet gateways, such as cable and DSL routers, to help
 service providers cope with the decreasing number of available IP addresses.
 Some applications do not work well with NAT, which creates customer
 satisfaction issues and high support costs.  Using UPnP to control the
 behavior of NAT, Linksys ensures these applications traversing the gateway are
 enabled in a transparent fashion for the user.
     "UPnP helps enable great customer experiences for multi-player games, real
 time communications, and other services and applications important to
 customers and to the industry, particularly with the forthcoming launch of
 Windows XP," said Mark Lee, lead product manager at Microsoft and the UPnP
 Forum Marketing Committee chairman.  "With an industry leader like Linksys
 stepping up to add such broad support across its product line for UPnP, we
 should expect higher customer satisfaction, lower support costs for cable or
 DSL broadband service providers, and more interesting application and service
 opportunities for creative software developers and service providers."
     Linksys will first incorporate UPnP into the upcoming Linksys
 GigaDrive(TM) Cable/DSL Router also known as the SOHO Server, a Cable/DSL
 Router, 20GB hard drive, 7-Port Switch, Print Server, DHCP server and
 firewall.  The SOHO Server is planned for release at Networld + Interop the
 week of May 7, 2001.  Linksys will also add UPnP capabilities into its line of
 broadband routers, print servers, storage and other selected products via
 firmware upgrade on the Linksys website at www.linksys.com.  The goal is to
 incorporate UPnP into all Linksys products requiring UPnP support by the time
 Windows XP is released this Fall.
 
     About Universal Plug and Play
     Consumer interest in home networking is increasing as PCs, information
 appliances and the Internet play a larger role in day-to-day activities such
 as entertainment, communication, education and shopping.  Linksys is among
 more than 330 companies leading the development of UPnP, which will make
 connecting multiple devices easier by building on existing Internet standards
 and technologies.  UPnP is network-media-independent and encompasses all types
 of networked and traditional peripheral devices, including PCs, home
 entertainment systems, new smart appliances, home automation systems,
 networked peripherals and Web-based services.
     The UPnP Forum was formed in October 1999 to help define interconnectivity
 standards to simplify the networking of intelligent devices.  The forum is
 achieving this goal by defining and publishing UPnP device and service control
 protocols.  Visit www.upnp.com for more information.
 
     About The Linksys Group, Inc.
     Linksys, an award-winning leader in the development of wireless, broadband
 and LAN networking solutions for the Home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and
 for Small/Medium Business (SMB) corporate environments, is the number-one
 manufacturer of networking hardware in the retail and e-commerce channels and
 the fastest growing networking solution provider for the SMB corporate sector.
 Linksys products emphasize speed, affordability, reliability, ease of
 installation and widespread compatibility and are sold through leading
 distributors, computer resellers, direct response and E-commerce and retail
 stores worldwide.
     For more information, visit the Linksys web site at www.linksys.com, email
 at sales@linksys.com or call toll-free 1-800-LINKSYS (546-5797).
 
     Linksys, EtherFast and GigaDrive are registered trademarks of Linksys.
 All other products and company names mentioned herein are trademarks of their
 respective owners.
 
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