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Protogate Announces Smallest-Ever Freeway Model.

- Freeway 500 in 1U Case for Applications Requiring up to 8 WAN Connections -

SAN DIEGO, California, Jan. 31, 2001 -- Protogate Corporation announced today the official release of the Freeway 500, the latest model in the highly-successful Freeway server product line. Freeway servers are used to cross-connect, convert, or translate data streams between a wide variety of Wide-Area-Network (WAN) lines and Internet Protocol (IP) connections. They are most commonly used to provide WAN protocol line access to LAN-connected systems.

The new Freeway 500 is the smallest and lowest-cost model in the Freeway line. It is encased in a black, rackmount-type chassis which is 17 inches wide (19 inches to the outside of the rack-mount ears), 19 inches deep, and 1.75 inches tall; it is designed to fit into a single 1U space in a standard 19-inch rack. Included with the base Freeway 500 system are a Pentium-based CPU board, a 10/100 BaseT ethernet interface, a 10 Gigabyte hard disk, a 3.5-inch floppy drive, a CDROM drive, and a complete set of the Freeway server software and client libraries.

The Freeway 500 also has a single expansion slot, into which can be installed either a single Intelligent Communications Processor (ICP) board or a second ethernet interface. With the ICP board installed, the Freeway 500 can support up to 8 EIA-232 WAN protocol lines, or up to 4 lines if the electrical interface is EIA-449 (422), EIA-530, or V.35.

Connectors for a VGA monitor, a keyboard, a serial console, and a 10BaseT/100BaseTX Ethernet cable are available at the back of the Freeway 500 chassis. If installed, the WAN connector or the additional ethernet connector is also at the back of the chassis (WAN connector if an ICP board is installed; additional ethernet connector if a second ethernet interface is installed).

A full-width door at the front of the Freeway 500 swings downward to expose the power-on/off and reset switches and to give access to the floppy and CDROM drives. Power, hard-disk-activity, and LAN-activity LEDs on the front panel are visible either with the door open or closed. The reset and power-on/off switches, the floppy drive, and the CDROM drive are accessible only when the door is opened.

For further information, refer to the Freeway 500 technical specifications on Protogate's website, download the Freeway 500 Installation Guide, or contact the Protogate sales department via email at or via phone at (U.S.) (858) 451-0865.



Protogate Inc., founded in March, 2000, designs, manufactures, markets, and supports communications servers that link legacy WAN networks to IP networks. Protogate's headquarters are located at 12225 World Trade Drive, Suite R, San Diego, California 92128, USA, telephone: 858-451-0865; fax: 877-473-0190; email:; web:

Freeway is a registered trademark of Simpact, Inc. and is used here by permission. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective holders.


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