ZyXEL Releases World's First ADSL Security Gateway Combining 802.11g WLAN and ISDN Dial Backup

The Highly-Integrated Prestige 653HWI Offers Small- and Mid-sized Businesses with Fast and Safe Wireless Connectivity

Hsinchu, November 3, 2003--ZyXEL Communications (TSE:2391), world's leading broadband access solution provider, today unveils its Prestige 653HWI highly-integrated ADSL WLAN Security Gateway designed for mid- and small-sized businesses. The ZyXEL Prestige 653HWI leads the market with the integration of ADSL router, powerful firewall, VPN (Virtual Private Network), 802.11g high-speed WLAN、a 4-port switch, and built-in ISDN TA dial backup into a single device, which offers a comprehensive and secure WLAN solution with industrial-strength features.

"Prestige 653HWI is the first of its kind to incorporate 802.11g-level WLAN functions, and it's also the most integrated ADSL security gateway in the world that provides the stunning 54Mbps speed," said Albert Ju, Assistant VP of CPE Product Division. "Prestige 653HWI is also the most fully-equipped product in the ZyXEL lineup. It presents excellent values, and is the most convenient one-stop purchase for service providers." Albert added. "Most important, Prestige 653HWI can be configured, managed, monitored, and troubleshot remotely through Vantage, ZyXEL's Central Network Management system; which effectively minimizes the future maintenance complexity as well as the cost of the supporting staff."

The powerful capabilities of Prestige 653HWI have been integrated on the ICSA-certified ZyXEL ZyNOS firewall platform, to provide full-featured Stateful Packet Inspection and Denial of Service (DoS) mechanism, as well as supporting Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) Virtual Private Network (VPN). Prestige 653HWI sports built-in DES/3DES hardware accelerator; when compared with other software-based VPN products, the performance of Prestige 653HWI is just unmatchable in terms of IPSec VPN data transfer.

Furthermore, Prestige 653HWI is loaded with the bandwidth management feature taken from high-end routers, which assures the quality of service when the users are running VoIP or multimedia applications. In case of the ADSL connection break-up, The fail-over and fail-back function of Prestige 653HWI steps in, and redirect the network traffic to the built-in ISDN TA for dial backup, or reconnect to the Internet through other routers on the LAN. More information on Prestige 653HWI please visit http://www.zyxel.com/product/model.php?indexcate=1067825395&indexcate1=1021877946&indexFlagvalue=1021873638

The ZyXEL Prestige 653HWI has three different configurations to suit the business needs of different ADSL markets: the models support ADSL over POTS, ADSL over ISDN, and ADSL over U-R2 respectively, and the WLAN function is available as a built-in feature or a separate option. The series is scheduled to be available in mid-November and can be purchased through system integrators, value-added resellers, network service providers, and other members from ZyXEL's global sales network. To find a ZyXEL distributor nearest your location, please consult: http://www.zyxel.com/wherebuy/index.php.

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.