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February 5th 1999

Improves Performance of 10/100 Fast Ethernet Cards up to 35%


February 5th, 1999 - Farallon have announced new drivers that dramatically increase the networking performance of MacOS 8.5. With new optimised high-performance drivers for Farallon's Fast EtherTX -10/100 PCI and Comm Slot II cards, users can take full advantage of the latest performance improvements built into MacOS 8.5.

"Mac OS 8.5 features significant performance improvements that make the Macintosh the fastest personal computer for transferring files across high speed networks," said Peter Lowe, director, Mac OS product marketing at Apple Computer, Inc. "Today's announcement from Farallon extends these industry-leading performance improvements to all Mac OS 8.5 customers with Farallon network interfaces."

Now available, the updated driver (version 2.0) for Farallon's Fast EtherTX-10/100 PCI and CommSlot II cards can be downloaded free of charge via Farallon's world-wide web server < http://www.farallon.com/>. The new driver is optimised for MacOS 8.5, but is also supported on computers running MacOS 7.5.3 or higher. Farallon plans to release an enhanced driver for its Fast EtherTX-10/100 CardBus (pcmcia) adapter before the end of the first quarter of 1999.

Benchmark tests show up to a 35% improvement in performance over a leading third party card. (Please see Notes For Editors for technical information).

"The single most important feature customers request is improved 'real world' performance," says Anthony Fulgoni, European Sales Manager. "With the release of this new driver, our Publishing, New Media and Education customers can now connect their existing Macs to Apple's recently announced Fast Ethernet PowerMac G3s with maximum performance."

"Farallon continues to provide up to the minute networking solutions that offer technical excellence with speed and stability, a winning combination for any networking user, " Tim Noyes, Commercial Director, Principal Distribution

Xinet tests were performed to verify the reliability of Farallon's 2.0 driver under MacOS 8.5 and Open Transport 2.0. Continuous large file transfers were run in a simulated production environment with a heavily loaded network for over 20 hours. Bob Kridle, Xinet's President, states, "After extensive testing against a variety of servers running our FullPress pre-press server software, we have found the latest release of Farallon's 10/100 base NIC to be rock solid."

Farallon worked closely with both The AG Group (www.aggroup.com) and Neon Software (www.neon.com) to ensure 100% driver compatibility with these two leading software network analysers. With virtually no packet loss, Farallon's new 2.0 driver is optimised for use with both EtherPeek and NetMinder Ethernet on Fast Ethernet networks.


Farallon's Fast Ether-TX 10/100 PCI Plus & CommSlot II Cards Feature

· Up to 35% performance improvement with driver version 2.0 optimised for Mac OS 8.5
· Based on the latest high performance DEC Fast Ethernet controller chip for ultimate
reliability
· 10 times the network bandwidth of 10Mbps Ethernet for maximum throughput
· NWay 10/100 auto-negotiation for easy migration to Fast Ethernet
· Full-duplex support for network connections up to 200Mbps
· 100% compatibility with EtherPeek & NetMinder Ethernet software network analyzers
· Diagnostic LEDs for at-a-glance monitoring
· Free technical support & lifetime warranty

In addition to the Fast EtherTX 10/100 PCI, Comm Slot II and CardBus cards, Farallon also offers a complete line of Ethernet and Fast Ethernet hubs and switches, including the new 10/100 Fast Starlet Dual Speed Hub/8. More information can be found at <http://www.farallon.com
>.


Notes to Editors

Technical Details for Speed comparison Tests:

The file transfer performance tests used Timbuktu® Pro (www.timbuktupro.com) from Netopia, Inc. to transfer a 10Mbyte file between two PowerMac G3/266 computers over TCP/IP. The new version 2.0 drivers produced a time of 3.1 seconds, the third part drivers produced a time of 3.6 seconds. Third party performance tests were run using Farallon's new 2.0 driver and Fast EtherTX-10/100 PCI card to remotely open and save a 100Mbyte Scitex CT formatted Photoshop file to and from a SUN server utilising Xinet's FullPress Server Software (www.xinet.com) - Performance peaked at 7.75 Mbytes/second or 62 Mbits/second.

About Farallon Communications Inc.

Founded in 1986, Farallon develops and markets reliable plug-and-play Ethernet and Fast Ethernet networking products designed to "Simplify Networking Through Innovation." With over 8 million customers worldwide, Farallon is dedicated to providing complete, easy-to-use networking solutions and world-class technical support to the Publishing, Education, Small Business and Home Networking communities. Further information can be obtained via phone 510.346.8000, web <http://www.farallon.com> or email . Farallon headquarters are in San Leandro, California, with a European office in the UK.

For Farallon Press contact Anthony Fulgoni, UK Sales Manager

Telephone 07803 203542
Email anthf@farallon.com


About Dr. Farallon's FREE Network Performance Clinic

In line with Farallon's tradition of providing technical support, Dr. Farallon's Network Performance Clinic offers FREE telephone consultation to anyone seeking help with designing their network for optimal performance, no matter what their budget. For more information on the Dr. Farallon program visit <http://www.farallon.com/dr.farallon>.



About Principal Distribution
Principal Distribution is one of the UK's most dynamic value-added distributors providing market-specific product solutions to the UK reseller network. Principal manages its business through strategic divisions: Internet & Communications, Digital Video & New Media and Graphics & Publishing. The company employs over 50 people working from two centres, London and Yorkshire. Principal is headed up by CEO & Chairman, Rod McMillan; Managing Director Jon Pritchard, Commercial Director Tim Noyes & Sales Director Jason Ellis.

With over 1500 product lines, the company's vendor portfolio includes: Adobe, Alien Skin Software, Ariston, Bestware UK, DataViz, Deneba, Farallon Communications Ltd, G&A Imaging, GEO, Guildsoft Ltd, Insignia, IX Micro, Live Picture Inc., Miramar Systems Inc., Mobile Automation Inc, NetObjects, Netopia Inc., Optiquest, Pinnacle (miro), Pipeline Digital, Quark, SoftArc (First Class), Sonic Desktop Software, Sony, STF Technologies Inc., Strata, Symantec, Synergy,Teamsoft, Terran Interactive, Vertigo, and Xaos.

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