Digi International Announces EtherLite for Linux

Digi International Announces EtherLite for Linux

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MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 21, 2000

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Ethernet Connectivity Across the OS Spectrum

Digi International(R) (Nasdaq: DGII) announced today that Linux drivers are now available for its EtherLite(R) line of network serial concentrators, enabling powerful serial port connectivity under the popular, versatile Linux operating system.

Serial concentrators connect terminals, modems and microcomputers over serial lines to local area networks (LANs) or wide area networks (WANs). They provide network access to terminals, printers and computers that don’t have built-in network support. Serial concentrators provide the inter-network intelligence that is not available in the connected devices.

Digi(TM)EtherLite serial concentrators simplify the process of adding RS-232, [pilcrow (paragraph sign)] RS-422, and RS-485 serial ports to the network by combining the control and performance of local ports with the convenience of an Ethernet connection. As the EtherLite ports are real serial devices, they aren’t weighed down by complex network terminal server overhead. The result is a much simpler configuration, less Ethernet congestion, and a much lower cost per port when compared to conventional Ethernet terminal servers.

Traffic from all 2, 8, 16 or 32 EtherLite ports is serviced by a single TCP/IP session, compared to the conventional one-session-per-port method. The benefit is lower overhead at the host, and less traffic on Ethernet. EtherLite serial ports appear as local TTYs under UNIX and as native COM ports under Windows NT. These locally-administered, full “hardware-style” ports allow much greater control than standard serial concentrator ports.

The availability of Linux drivers for the EtherLite product line is the latest example of Digi’s commitment to providing flexible, powerful connectivity solutions for virtually any operating system. According to Don Elmore, EtherLite product manager, Digi International, “Digi has always been a champion of server-based communications based on best of breed components. Developing products compatible with virtually any operating system and any hardware platform enables our customers and our partners in the reseller channel to configure cost-effective solutions that meet their business needs.” Elmore continued, “Running an EtherLite serial concentrator under Linux creates a powerful, customizable solution that’s easy-to-use and reasonably-priced.”

The Linux driver for EtherLite runs on kernel version 2.2 or higher and is supported on the following distributions or newer: RedHat 6.0, Caldera OpenLinux 2.3, and SuSE Linux 6.3.

Digi International

Based in Minneapolis, Digi International is a leading worldwide provider of voice, data and fax communications hardware and software that delivers seamless connectivity solutions for server-based remote access and LAN markets. The company markets its products through a global network of distributors and resellers, system integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). For more information, visit Digi’s website at www.digi.com or call 1- 800-344-4273 (U.S.) or (952) 912-3444 (International).

Digi, Digi International, the Digi logo and EtherLite are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Digi International Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Certain statements made in this release are forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are not guaranties of the company’s future performance. Important factors could cause actual results to defer materially include, but are not limited to the following: rapid changes in products and technologies that may displace products sold by Digi, the competitive industry within which Digi operates, Digi’s reliance on distributors, declining prices of networking products, and changes in the companies level of profitability.

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