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Patton Adds Dial-Out PPP, Call-Back, and PPP Uplink Capabilities

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9 Nov 2004 09:33:26 -0800

Patton Adds Dial-Out PPP, Call-Back, and PPP Uplink Capabilities to RAS
Product Line

New RedRAS(tm) software adds dial-out PPP, call-back, and PPP uplink
features that enhance security while reducing equipment and operating
costs for ISPs and enterprises.

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland - Patton Electronics -- an industry leader in
access, connectivity and VoIP -- announces free RedRAS software
release 3.5.1 for customers with T1 robbed-bit, T1/PRI or E1/PRI
connections. The no-charge upgrade includes dial-out PPP, call-back,
and uplink over T1/E1 PPP capabilities for Patton's popular and
distinctive 2900 Series and 3120 remote access server product
family. The expanded feature set enables new applications for ISPs and
enterprises that offer enhanced security combined with reduced
equipment and operating costs. Patton RAS owners can download the new
software immediately from Patton's web site at

"RAS isn't dead, in fact, it's more popular than ever," said Scott
Whittle, Patton's Director of Product Marketing. "That's because
dial-up is less expensive and more available than broadband -- and
will be for years to come. Plus, dial-up RAS is vital for teleworkers,
business travelers, and users in under-developed remote and rural
locations. Patton's versatile new RedRAS 3.5.1 upgrade gives ISPs and
enterprises fresh ways to leverage this time-tested technology to
expand their service offerings, reduce expenses, and grow their
business." Mr. Whittle added.

New feature/benefits in RedRAS 3.5.1 include dial-out with multi-link
support for lower-cost high bandwidth uplinks, call-back for reduced
telephony expenses and enhanced security, and Synch PPP uplinks for
lower equipment costs. Dial-out PPP Patton's dial-out PPP feature
with dial-on-demand allocates bandwidth dynamically so enterprises and
ISPs can avoid paying for unused bandwidth on dedicated uplinks.

Patton's dial-on-demand boasts a multilink capability that distributes
outbound data among multiple modems to create an aggregated high
bandwidth pipe. As additional bandwidth is needed, the RAS
automatically initiates a dial-up call and establishes a framed IP
connection to a remote network. RAS administrators control the feature
via configurable operating parameters. Patton's integrated packet
filtering prevents unwanted outbound calls from unauthorized users or
ping requests, ensuring security while further reducing costs.

Dial-on-demand is ideal for such enterprise applications as automated
backups to a remote data center. The RAS automatically sets up
connections and then transmits the data over multiple modems to the
remote center for storage. With dial-on-demand, ISPs can reduce
expenses by replacing costly dedicated uplinks with Patton's
"E1-on-demand" -- a dynamic pool of dial-out PPP uplinks.


The call-back feature employs the Call Back Control Protocol (CBCP) to
enhance security and reduce telephony costs. CBCP verifies the
identity of a remote calling device using RADIUS authentication. If
authentication succeeds, the RAS disconnects the user and
reestablishes the connection by initiating a new call. For each
calling user, RAS administrators can pre-define the call-back digits
within RADIUS, or allow the user device to specify the dial-back
number. Enterprises can use the call-back feature to reduce telephone
expenses incurred by teleworkers and business travelers calling from
remote locations. By configuring the RAS to dial the caller back,
businesses can take advantage of lower corporate rates for
long-distance dialing.

Synch PPP Uplink

The synch PPP uplink feature permits a dedicated IP connection for
uplink using existing T1/E1 WAN ports. User-selectable nx64 DS0s per
WAN port allows the RAS to be used as an edge router instead of
requiring the added expense of an external router or switch. This is a
benefit for ISPs because it makes the RAS more flexible, so you can
deploy a RAS to a new location without buying a router or switch,
reducing the cost of growing your business.

About Patton's Remote Access Servers

Patton's chassis-based RAS products support V.92, V.90, K56Flex, V.34+,
and ISDN dial-in, scale from 16 to 120 ports, and come in the
industry's highest-density 1U chassis. These sleek units come with
redundant power supplies and, because they don't use fans for cooling,
are very quiet and reliable. They address the dial-up and DSL needs for
carrier, ISP, and co-location customers who are deploying IP services.

The following models are compatible with the new 3.5.1 software

* Model 2960 RAS (16, 24, 30, 48, and 60-port models)
* Model 2996 RAS (96 and 120-port models)
* Model 3120 RAS (96 and 120-port models)

Pricing and Availability

The 3.5.1 software upgrade is available now to Patton RAS users
worldwide. Customers can download the software free of charge from

About Patton

Patton Electronics Company is a US manufacturer and marketer of data
communications products, including VoIP/ToIP gateways & routers,
Remote Access (V.92, V.90, K56Flex, V.34+, and ISDN dial-in), Last
Mile/Local Loop Access (T1, E1, and xDSL modems, NTUs and CSU/DSUs),
Multi-Service Access (voice, intranet, extranet, and Frame Relay
access), and Connectivity (interface converters, short range modems,
multiplexers, and surge protectors).

Patton Electronics Company
7622 Rickenbacker Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 USA
Tel: (301) 975-1000
Fax: (301) 869-9293

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