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BW2076  JAN 03,2001       5:00 PACIFIC      08:00 EASTERN

( BW)(CA-2WIRE) 2Wire Introduces Wireless Functionality for Market-Leading HomePortal Residential Gateway Product Line


    Business Editors & High Tech Writers

    SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 3, 2001--

Leader Delivers Industry's First Residential Gateways to Support Every Major Type of Home Networking Technology
    2Wire(TM), Inc. (www.2Wire.com), the leading provider of residential gateways, today announced new wireless versions of its award-winning HomePortal(TM) residential gateways. 2Wire's new wireless HomePortal product line, which includes the HomePortal 1500W, the HomePortal 100W and the 2Wire ICS 2000W, are the first residential gateways to support every major type of networking for home, home office or small office environments.
    By supporting all popular types of home networking technologies, including IEEE 802.11b wireless, Home Phoneline Networking (HPNA), Ethernet and USB, the 2Wire HomePortal wireless residential gateways provides ultimate flexibility for users by allowing them to choose their preferred methods for sharing Internet access.
    "The explosive growth in both wireless Internet devices and wireless networking, combined with the rapid growth in the number of broadband homes with multiple PCs, will fuel a strong demand for wireless residential gateways," said Brian Hinman, president and CEO of 2Wire. "With the introduction of our HomePortal wireless residential gateway product line, we're continuing to deliver flexible, high-performance products that consumers require to meet their home networking needs."
    With integrated access point functionality and a built-in antenna, the full line of HomePortal wireless residential gateways allow users to send and receive information at speeds up to 11Mbps. Computers with a wireless connection to the HomePortal can easily and securely surf the Internet, as well as sharing resources with computers with wired connection. The typical range for the HomePortal wireless products is 50 to 150 feet, and line-of-sight is not required so users can connect wireless devices in different rooms and on different floors throughout the home.
    The 2Wire HomePortal 1500W is an ideal solution for home users with the need to network multiple computers and share a common broadband ADSL connection. With a built-in ADSL modem and an integrated business-grade firewall for maximum security, the HomePortal 1500W distributes high-speed Internet access around the home and protects computers from hacker attacks. The HomePortal 1500W also extends IPSec pass-through support for corporate VPN access for telecommuters.
    The 2Wire HomePortal wireless product line also includes the HomePortal 100W, designed for consumers who already have a cable or DSL modem, and the 2Wire ICS 2000W, a wireless version of 2Wire's new integrated communication system for home office users, small office users, and telecommuters.
    2Wire's HomePortal wireless residential gateways will be showcased at CES 2001 (January 6-9) in 2Wire's Booth no. 6034, North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.
    To learn more about 2Wire's full line of innovative consumer broadband solutions, visit www.2Wire.com or call 408-428-9500.

    Pricing and Availability

    The 2Wire HomePortal 1500W residential gateway will be available through 2Wire distribution partners beginning in January for a suggested list price of US$699. The HomePortal 100W will also be available in January, for a suggested list price of US$499. The 2Wire ICS 2000W will be available in March, for a suggested list price of US$1,199.

    About 2Wire

    2Wire, Inc. (www.2Wire.com) 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 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) 2001, 2Wire, Inc. All rights reserved

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