Netopia and Proxim Announce First Wireless Bundle

First Demo of New DSL/Wireless Technology Displayed at ISPCon



Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Netopia, Inc.

    ISPCon, BALTIMORE, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTPA),
 an Alameda, CA-based market leader in providing broadband Internet equipment
 and e-commerce Web platforms, and Proxim, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROX), the
 Sunnyvale, CA-based leader in wirefree broadband networking, today announced
 the first bundled offering of DSL routers with wireless capabilities at ISPCon
 in Baltimore.
     "Imagine a world where you have high-speed, secure data and voice
 capabilities -- at home, in the office, in the conference room, in multiple
 locations and for telecommuting -- without the hassle of computers tied by
 wires to the networking lines," said Michael Trupiano, senior vice president
 and general manager of the Internet Equipment Group for Netopia.  "We are
 preparing for this future scenario now, by combining our wide array of
 broadband solutions -- DSL, T1, and Voice over DSL -- with Proxim's wireless
 products."
     The new wireless offering combines Netopia's well-known routers with
 Proxim's popular Symphony HomeRF wireless networking solution.  With the new
 combined offerings, ISPs and others will be able to offer complete bundles of
 broadband service, including high-speed data, backup, security and voice and
 wireless capabilities, all from a single source.
     "Proxim became the leader in wirefree broadband networking by offering the
 right technology for the right market," said Kurt Bauer, vice president and
 general manager for Proxim.  "For service providers the right technology is a
 solution designed specifically to meet customers' needs for fast Internet
 access, secure wireless networking and easy installation, plus compatibility
 with future broadband services such as simultaneous, high-quality voice and
 data.  The mix of Proxim's and Netopia's technologies provides exactly this."
     The value of these combined products will be demonstrated at Netopia's
 booth at the technology trade show ISPCon in Baltimore.  Netopia is at booth
 #751 at this show, which takes place from April 4th through 6th.
     "This is our first step towards offering a new class of powerful
 wireless-enabled broadband data and voice solutions," said Trupiano.  "Our
 goal for this year is to offer fully integrated, single-box solutions for the
 home and business."
 
     About Netopia
     Netopia, Inc. develops, markets and supports broadband Internet equipment
 and Web platforms for small and medium size enterprises.  Netopia's technology
 platforms enable carriers and service providers to create and offer
 value-added, bundled service offerings for their small and medium size
 enterprise customers.  These bundled service offerings often include DSL
 service bundled with backup, bonding, VPN, voice over DSL, and Web site and
 eStore hosting.
     Netopia's broadband equipment is interoperable with all major central
 office equipment suppliers, including Alcatel, Cisco, Copper Mountain
 Networks, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Orckit, Paradyne, Siemens, and
 Zhone Technologies.  Netopia has established strategic distribution
 relationships with leading carriers and service providers including BellSouth,
 Bloomberg.com, Covad Communications, Earthlink Network, Everdream, France
 Telecom, MegaPath Networks, PSINet, Rhythms NetConnections, Telecom Italia,
 UUNet, Verio, Verizon, and XO Communications.
     Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Netopia's common stock trades on The
 Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol "NTPA."  Further information about
 Netopia can be obtained via phone 510-814-5100, fax 510-814-5021 or on the Web
 at www.netopia.com.
 
     About Proxim
     Proxim, Inc. has over 15 years of experience designing and building
 wirefree broadband networking solutions for the home, enterprise and service
 provider markets.  The Symphony(TM) product family offers easy-to-use,
 inexpensive wirefree networking for homes, small offices and classrooms, while
 the Farallon(TM) products extend these networking choices with a range of
 Ethernet, HPNA and wirefree solutions for both Mac and PC users.  The
 Harmony(TM) product family provides long-term investment protection for
 enterprises through the industry's first multi-standard architecture designed
 to work with any wirefree technology.  Harmony also offers a broad range of
 design-in modules for OEMs.  The Stratum(TM) product family offers a range of
 broadband access solutions and building-to-building networking connectivity
 for enterprises and service providers.  Proxim is a member of the Wireless
 Ethernet Compatibility Alliance and a promoter of the Home Radio Frequency
 Working Group along with Compaq, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductor,
 Siemens, and other leaders in the wireless market.  The company is
 headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. with offices globally.  Visit
 www.proxim.com for more information.
 
     Portions of this release include forward-looking statements made pursuant
 to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Netopia, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from the results
 discussed in this release and in the forward-looking statements contained
 herein for many reasons.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited
 to product development, product acceptance, licensing opportunities and
 general economic conditions.  For more information concerning Netopia and risk
 factors that may affect Netopia's future results and may cause actual results
 to vary from results anticipated in forward-looking statements, investors
 should review Netopia's public filings with the United States Securities and
 Exchange Commission, which are available by calling Netopia at 510-814-5260 or
 online at www.sec.gov.
 
     CONTACT:  Sandra Yacura of Netopia, Inc., 510-814-5360, or
 syacura@netopia.com.
 
 

SOURCE Netopia, Inc.
    ISPCon, BALTIMORE, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTPA),
 an Alameda, CA-based market leader in providing broadband Internet equipment
 and e-commerce Web platforms, and Proxim, Inc. (Nasdaq: PROX), the
 Sunnyvale, CA-based leader in wirefree broadband networking, today announced
 the first bundled offering of DSL routers with wireless capabilities at ISPCon
 in Baltimore.
     "Imagine a world where you have high-speed, secure data and voice
 capabilities -- at home, in the office, in the conference room, in multiple
 locations and for telecommuting -- without the hassle of computers tied by
 wires to the networking lines," said Michael Trupiano, senior vice president
 and general manager of the Internet Equipment Group for Netopia.  "We are
 preparing for this future scenario now, by combining our wide array of
 broadband solutions -- DSL, T1, and Voice over DSL -- with Proxim's wireless
 products."
     The new wireless offering combines Netopia's well-known routers with
 Proxim's popular Symphony HomeRF wireless networking solution.  With the new
 combined offerings, ISPs and others will be able to offer complete bundles of
 broadband service, including high-speed data, backup, security and voice and
 wireless capabilities, all from a single source.
     "Proxim became the leader in wirefree broadband networking by offering the
 right technology for the right market," said Kurt Bauer, vice president and
 general manager for Proxim.  "For service providers the right technology is a
 solution designed specifically to meet customers' needs for fast Internet
 access, secure wireless networking and easy installation, plus compatibility
 with future broadband services such as simultaneous, high-quality voice and
 data.  The mix of Proxim's and Netopia's technologies provides exactly this."
     The value of these combined products will be demonstrated at Netopia's
 booth at the technology trade show ISPCon in Baltimore.  Netopia is at booth
 #751 at this show, which takes place from April 4th through 6th.
     "This is our first step towards offering a new class of powerful
 wireless-enabled broadband data and voice solutions," said Trupiano.  "Our
 goal for this year is to offer fully integrated, single-box solutions for the
 home and business."
 
     About Netopia
     Netopia, Inc. develops, markets and supports broadband Internet equipment
 and Web platforms for small and medium size enterprises.  Netopia's technology
 platforms enable carriers and service providers to create and offer
 value-added, bundled service offerings for their small and medium size
 enterprise customers.  These bundled service offerings often include DSL
 service bundled with backup, bonding, VPN, voice over DSL, and Web site and
 eStore hosting.
     Netopia's broadband equipment is interoperable with all major central
 office equipment suppliers, including Alcatel, Cisco, Copper Mountain
 Networks, Ericsson, Lucent Technologies, Nokia, Orckit, Paradyne, Siemens, and
 Zhone Technologies.  Netopia has established strategic distribution
 relationships with leading carriers and service providers including BellSouth,
 Bloomberg.com, Covad Communications, Earthlink Network, Everdream, France
 Telecom, MegaPath Networks, PSINet, Rhythms NetConnections, Telecom Italia,
 UUNet, Verio, Verizon, and XO Communications.
     Headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Netopia's common stock trades on The
 Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the symbol "NTPA."  Further information about
 Netopia can be obtained via phone 510-814-5100, fax 510-814-5021 or on the Web
 at www.netopia.com.
 
     About Proxim
     Proxim, Inc. has over 15 years of experience designing and building
 wirefree broadband networking solutions for the home, enterprise and service
 provider markets.  The Symphony(TM) product family offers easy-to-use,
 inexpensive wirefree networking for homes, small offices and classrooms, while
 the Farallon(TM) products extend these networking choices with a range of
 Ethernet, HPNA and wirefree solutions for both Mac and PC users.  The
 Harmony(TM) product family provides long-term investment protection for
 enterprises through the industry's first multi-standard architecture designed
 to work with any wirefree technology.  Harmony also offers a broad range of
 design-in modules for OEMs.  The Stratum(TM) product family offers a range of
 broadband access solutions and building-to-building networking connectivity
 for enterprises and service providers.  Proxim is a member of the Wireless
 Ethernet Compatibility Alliance and a promoter of the Home Radio Frequency
 Working Group along with Compaq, Intel, Motorola, National Semiconductor,
 Siemens, and other leaders in the wireless market.  The company is
 headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. with offices globally.  Visit
 www.proxim.com for more information.
 
     Portions of this release include forward-looking statements made pursuant
 to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
 Netopia, Inc.'s actual results could differ materially from the results
 discussed in this release and in the forward-looking statements contained
 herein for many reasons.  Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking
 statements involve numerous risks and uncertainties, including but not limited
 to product development, product acceptance, licensing opportunities and
 general economic conditions.  For more information concerning Netopia and risk
 factors that may affect Netopia's future results and may cause actual results
 to vary from results anticipated in forward-looking statements, investors
 should review Netopia's public filings with the United States Securities and
 Exchange Commission, which are available by calling Netopia at 510-814-5260 or
 online at www.sec.gov.
 
     CONTACT:  Sandra Yacura of Netopia, Inc., 510-814-5360, or
 syacura@netopia.com.
 
 SOURCE  Netopia, Inc.