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Actiontec Promotes “Transparent” Home Network

Actiontec fleshed out its home-networking kit line at Comdex with the introduction of the ActionLink 10Mbps home networking kit.

The phoneline-based product is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2000 with a $149 suggested retail price, said Leslie Kirchman, Actiontec’s marketing manager. The product comes with two PCI cards and DynaNAT software, which manages the home network by allowing any PC on the network to act as the host computer.

The software is part of the company’s effort to make home networking as transparent as possible to the end user, therefore demystifying the technology.

“Consumers are inundated at this point with new technology so we are trying to make products they are comfortable using,” Kirchman said.

The company is also developing a wireless home networking kit that Kirchman said should be ready for retail by mid-2000.