BW2221 DEC 18,2000 5:18 PACIFIC 08:18 EASTERN
( BW)(CA-2WIRE) 2Wire Introduces New Phone Port Adapter, Enabling
Virtual Phone Lines Without New Wiring
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2000--
New telephony adapter provides
consumers with easy, affordable way to convert standard telephones
into advanced networked devices
2Wire(TM), Inc. (www.2Wire.com
), the leading provider of
residential gateways, today announced the new 2Wire Phone Port, a
HomePNA 2.0 to POTS telephony adapter designed to provide consumers
with an easy and affordable way to convert any standard telephone into
an advanced networked device.
"We designed the 2Wire Phone Port to enable consumers who have a
residential gateway to take advantage of both current and future
enhanced telephony services, such as Voice over IP and Voice over ATM,
that are available to them through their broadband connection," said
Brian Hinman, president and CEO of 2Wire.
Working in conjunction with a 2Wire HomePortal(TM) residential
gateway with Release 2.0 software, the 2Wire Phone Port delivers the
enhanced features and functionality of an office phone system to
residential customers. By simply plugging a telephone into the 2Wire
Phone Port and plugging the Phone Port into a phone jack, any phone
can become a networked device when used with 2Wire's HomePortal
product. Up to eight Phone Port adapters on the home phone network can
be supported by the HomePortal residential gateway.
Leveraging functionality provided by the latest release of
software for 2Wire's HomePortal residential gateways, as well as
HomePNA 2.0 technology, 2Wire's Phone Port enables standard telephones
to perform PBX-like functions, such as call forwarding to an answering
machine or network-based voicemail, call blocking, and room-to-room
Pricing and Availability
The 2Wire Phone Port adapter will be available in Q1 2001 through
2Wire distribution partners for a suggested list price of US$99.00
each. Three 2Wire Phone Port adapters are included with the new 2Wire
ICS 2000 integrated communication system.
2Wire, Inc. delivers a full suite of broadband products for home,
home office and small office environments. 2Wire's market-leading
HomePortal products are the first intelligent residential gateways to
integrate the wealth of options available through the Internet and
create a complete home data, voice, and entertainment network. 2Wire's
web site (www.2Wire.com
) offers comprehensive information on DSL, the
future of broadband services and home networking, and one of the most
complete and accurate DSL look-up services in the United States.
2Wire was recently named Technology Partners Technology Outlook
Investor's Choice for the second consecutive year. The company has
also been recognized as one of the Hot 100 Private Companies by Upside
magazine. The 2Wire HomePortal series was recognized with three
significant honors at CES 2000, including Best of Show.
2Wire, the 2Wire logo and HomePortal are trademarks of 2Wire,
Inc.(c) 2000, 2Wire, Inc. All rights reserved.