Media Converter offers IP-based remote management.

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Available in standalone version as well as for Point System(TM) modular chassis, 10/100/1000 copper-to-fiber Model xBFFG is MEF9 and MEF 14 certified to deliver Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line services. Service providers can monitor link, activate loopback, provision bandwidth, enter and manage VLANs, and choose appropriate mode on connection straight from Network Management centers. Network security and segmentation is supported by IEEE 802.1q VLAN management.

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Transition Networks' Expands Remotely Managed Media Converter Line with New Media Converter that Delivers Services Compliant with MEF 9 and MEF 14 Certifications

Company Enhances Family of Remotely Managed Media Converters With New 10/100/1000TX to 1000BASE-X Media Converter

MINNEAPOLIS, June 19 /-- Transition Networks Inc., the conversion technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (AMEX:JCS), today announced the introduction of its new, remotely managed 10/100/1000 copper-to-fiber media converter for its Point System(TM) modular chassis, as well as a standalone version.

This new media converter is MEF 9 and MEF 14 certified to deliver Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) services and is designed for customers that require the ability to remotely manage multiple gigabit Ethernet media converters. Service providers can now monitor the link, activate loopback, provision the bandwidth, enter and manage VLANs, QoS and choose appropriate mode on connection straight from their Network Management centers.

"Secure, remotely managed 10/100/1000 OAM/IP-based media converters, coupled with a wide range of advance features, beyond monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities, provide an exceptional value for enterprise and telco networks," said Bill Schultz, vice president of marketing at Transition Networks. "With this new line of media converters, Transition Networks continues its commitment to delivering feature-rich products to assist network managers in quickly identifying and troubleshooting network link failures. The advance features also help ensure the service providers' service level agreements with their customers are met."

Product Features
The xBFFG delivers superior management features via IP-Based remote management or via IEEE802.3ah OAM In-Band management. A remote loopback feature can be activated should troubleshooting be required.

Network security and segmentation is supported by IEEE 802.1q VLAN management, including double VLAN tagging (QinQ) and VLAN tunneling. QoS and a wide variety of link monitoring, troubleshooting, and reporting features increase network performance. Digital diagnostics enable network administrators to measure the quality of the optical connection and report it over the OAM and SNMP management connection. Link Loss Notification signals the fault to the management system. IEEE802.1x and Radius enable user authentication and increase network security and ease of user management.

The xBFFG product family can be managed via graphical user interface, such as Focal Point(TM), as well as any web browser, telnet or local serial command line interface. Service providers can easily gather information about customer's bandwidth and traffic utilization. Management security is assured by a variety of Transition Networks' security features including Firewall (IP filtering), ACL - Access Control Lists, SNMP Lock (Complete SNMP lock) or local CLI lock (no local access).

The xBFFG includes the following features; Auto-Negotiation, Autocross, Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Pause, Bandwidth Allocation, Transparent Link Pass Through and Automatic Link Restoration. The Automatic Link Restoration feature ensures that once the fault condition is removed, no user intervention is required to bring the entire link back up again. The xBFFG also supports remote firmware upgrades which can be performed via the local console port or remotely via TFTP.

Product Configuration
Transition Networks' remotely managed xBFFG media converters are available as a chassis card for the Point System(TM) modular chassis or a standalone version. The advanced features of the xBFFG can be monitored and configured through Transition Networks' Focal Point(TM) software, web browser or telnet. Focal Point(TM) is an SNMP based management application that is included, free of charge, with the xBFFG.

Product Availability
The xBFFG product line will be available in July, 2007. Please contact Transition Networks at (800)526-9267 or for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. All Transition Networks brand of media converters carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. ts complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching and wireless products are designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware- based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (AMEX:JCS).

CONTACT: Bill Schultz of Transition Networks, +1-952-996-1573,;

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