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802.11b Access Point Offers Fast, Affordable Wireless Data Communications

London, 23rd March 2001 - At the CeBIT 2001 show in Hannover today,
Xircom®,
an Intel® company and the leading provider of mobile information access
solutions, today announced the new Xircom Wireless Ethernet Access Point
to
complement its CreditCard Wireless Ethernet Adapter. This complete
solution
is ideal for small and medium businesses that require an affordable and
secure Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) solution that is easy to install
and manage.
Xircom’s Wireless Ethernet Access Point is based on the IEEE 802.11b
specification and provides data rates of up to 11 megabits per second.
The
design is sleek, compact, and flexible without compromising features or
functionality. Performance and security standards are comparable to wired
networks, with the added convenience of simple installation, remote
management and the freedom for users to stay connected while roaming
within
a building.

“The new Wireless Ethernet Access Point enables Xircom to provide small
and
medium-sized customers a total wireless solution that is easy to set up
and
use, without installing wires or reconfiguring work space,” said Annick
Evenepoel, Access Products Business Unit Manager, Xircom EMEA. “It is
compact and stylish yet delivers high performance and a wide array of
features. This, combined with security, roaming, remote management,
affordable pricing, and our world class warranty and customer service make
Xircom’s solution a perfect fit for this market segment.”
The Wireless Ethernet Access Point is the latest addition to Xircom's
extensive WLAN product range that includes the CreditCard Wireless
Ethernet
and will soon contain the SpringPort Wireless Ethernet module for the
Handspring Visor handheld and a USB Wireless Ethernet solution for desktop
and notebook PCs (Q2CY2001). This way Xircom offers solutions for both
notebook PCs, desktop PCs, and handhelds.

Xircom’s new WLAN product line will address a rapidly expanding market for
enterprise WLAN products, with forecasted annual growth worldwide
increasing
from $624 million in 1999 to $3 billion in 2002, according to a December
2000 Cahners In-Stat Group published report by analyst Gemma Paulo.

Product Compatibility

Xircom’s Wireless Ethernet Access Point works with Wi-Fi certified
products
such as Xircom’s CreditCard Wireless Ethernet Adapters, and others.

Features and Benefits

Xircom’s Wireless Ethernet Access Point:


· Offers high-speed 11 Mbps performance

· Provides secure access for up to 30m indoors at 11 Mbps and up to
90m at
lower speeds

· Supports up to 64 simultaneous users per access point

· Suits any office environment with its sleek, compact design

· Adheres to the IEEE 802.11b high rate standard including roaming

· 40 bit and 128 WEP encryption security options

· Supports remote management and SNMP

· 10/100 base-T autosensing


Availability and Pricing

Xircom’s Wireless Ethernet Access Point will be available through Xircom’s
network of distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), catalogue and
online
channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in May. The Wireless
Ethernet
Access Point (Models: APWE1120 and APWE1130) has a suggested retail price
of £240. A Wireless Ethernet Starter Kit (Model: APWE-STRKIT), which
includes the Access Point and two Xircom CreditCard Wireless Ethernet
Adapters, will also be available at a suggested retail price of £446. For
more information on Xircom’s Wireless Ethernet Access Point visit
http://www.xircom.com/wireless

Additional
information on other Xircom access products can be found at http://www.xircom.com

About Xircom, an Intel company

Xircom, an Intel company, designs and develops innovative solutions that
connect mobile users worldwide to corporate networks, the Internet,
Intranets and other online resources. For over a decade mobile
professionals
around the world have relied on Xircom for access to their information
anytime, anywhere. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Xircom sells
and
supports its products in over 100 countries through distributors,
resellers,
electronic channels and global OEM partnerships with regional headquarters
in Belgium, Japan and Singapore Please visit http://www.xircom.com for
more information.

Xircom press contacts:

PR Consultants

Bluegrass Communications

Nick Barrance, Emma Gurd

Tel: 01264 323141

Fax: 01264 323251

nick.barrance@bluegrass.co.uk


Press & Analyst Contact

Xircom UK Ltd

Jackie Parton

Tel: 01256 345607

Fax: 01256 332553

jackie.parton@emea.xircom.com


For Sales information

General enquiry’s number: 01256 332552

International toll free number: 00800 7070 6060

E-mail: eservices@emea.xircom.com

Website: http://www.xircom.com

This news release contains or may contain certain forward-looking
statements
based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially.
These
risks and uncertainties may include without limitation conditions in the
capital markets, the timing, market acceptance and success of Xircom, and
the growth rate(s) of applicable product markets.
Xircom is a registered trademark of Xircom, Inc. Other company or product
names have been used for identification purposes only and may be
trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
Xircom is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and has regional
headquarter offices in Antwerp, Belgium, Tokyo, Japan and Singapore. US
Sales: (800) 438-4526. Telephone: (805) 376-9300 Fax: (805) 376-9311.


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