Germany's PC Professionell Magazine Recognizes ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 and ZyWALL 70 Firewalls

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April 22, 2004

(Hsinchu, April 22, 2004) ZyXEL Communications (TSE:2391), world's leading broadband access solutions provider, today announces that its ZyWALL 2 and ZyWALL 70 firewalls have been crowned by the March and May issues of Germany's PC Professionell Magazine with "Editor's Choice" and "Budget Recommendation" titles respectively.

In its March issue, Internet Professionell reviewed 11 small firewall devices from ZyXEL, Linksys, Billion, Netgear, D-Link, 3Com and Checkpoint. In the test with 1800 simulated hacker attacks conducted by the magazine, ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 beat all contenders and seized the coveted "Editor's Choice" title with its rock-solid security features.

"A good hardware firewall should offer 100% protection from all hacker attacks, and ZyWALL 2 takes that for granted." The editors of Internet Professionell remarked, "ZyWALL 2 does deliver a convincing performance with a whole range of features that you don't usually see even on more expensive products."

Additionally, in the exhaustive examination performed by Internet Professionell for the May issue, ZyWALL 70 surpassed other midrange and high-end firewalls, such as Fortinet Fortigate 60, Sonicwall Pro 3060, Watchguard Firebox III 500, Checkpoint Sun Fire V60x, Symantec Gateway Security 5420, etc., and captured the "Budget-Recommendation" title effortlessly. The reason, as the editors put it: "It has the best price-performance ratio of all tested systems, and its FTP throughput is extremely outstanding." As for the final scoring, ZyWALL 70 reached the 3rd place in the review.

About ZyWALL 2 and ZyWALL 70
ZyXEL ZyWALL 2 sports firewall, two VPN channels, a 4-port switch, and a throughout of 12Mbps that fit into home office DSL/cable connection needs nicely; ZyWALL 70, on the other hand, is a dual-WAN Internet Security Appliance designed for SMB companies that require two broadband connections. ZyWALL 70 can establish over 70 VPN channels simultaneously with a 100Mbps throughput, and hardware-accelerated VPN performance of up to 60Mbps. Moreover, ZyWALL 70 offers Auto Fail Over & Fail Back, bandwidth management interface, and an expansion slot for wireless access point upgrade. For more information on ZyWALL, please visit the ZyXEL Web site http://www.zyxel.com.

About ZyXEL Communications
ZyXEL Communications Co. (TSE: 2391), located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is one of the world's leading broadband access solution vendors. ZyXEL's broad line of Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions includes access multiplexors, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit the company's Website at http://www.zyxel.com.