Serial Hub provides network connectivity anywhere on LAN.

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Multi-interface, 2-port ESP-2 MI offers TCP/IP connectivity, management diagnostics, and DIN Rail mounting options. LAN connectivity is provided for 2 serial devices via DB9 ports that accommodate RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 connections. Equipped with 32 MB SDRAM and 4 MB flash, unit makes devices respond with direct-connect speed. Port management tools facilitate mode selection for each port and allow system managers to hide unused ports from network.



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Equinox ESP-2 MI Provides Network Connectivity Anywhere on the LAN


Newest Equinox multi-interface 2-port serial hub provides efficiency and affordability

SUNRISE, FL, - January 21, 2003 - Equinox Systems, an Avocent company, (NASDAQ: AVCT), today announced its newest multi-interface serial hub, the Equinox ESP-2 MI. The ESP-2 MI is a compact, 2-port serial hub that provides versatile support of multi-interface protocols for industrial/manufacturing environments and commercial applications, including hospitality, medical and security access control operations. Through direct connection with the ESP-2 MI, serial peripherals without LAN ports can be enabled to function as IP-based devices. The ESP-2 MI provides users with rapid TCP/IP connectivity, advanced management diagnostics, simplified installation, unique RS-232/485 configuration modes, dual power inputs and DIN Rail mounting options. Equinox will be demonstrating its new ESP-2 Ml serial hub at Linux World Jan. 22-24 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City, Booth 416.

"The ESP-2 MI is a compact solution for businesses that have distributed serial peripheral connectivity running a host of network applications - these can include automated data collection and shop floor control environments," said Mitch Friend, vice president of Equinox Sales. "In designing this hub, we focused on ease of use, performance and flexibility, meeting the needs of the person who will use the device every day and the system administrator who is responsible for initial set-up and on going maintenance."

The ESP-2 MI simplifies serial peripheral access by providing LAN connectivity for two serial devices via standard DB9 ports that can accommodate RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 connections. In addition, it has full support for multi-drop applications in RS-485 mode. With options for desktop, wall, cabinet or standard DIN rail mounting, the compact ESP-2 MI is flexible enough to install anywhere on the network with ease, and without clutter, via its standard 10Base-T port.

The ESP-2 MI has 32MB of SDRAM and 4MB of flash to make devices respond with direct-connect speed, and its superior management tools, compact design and economy mean that as the network grows, it is easy to open more ports or add other serial devices wherever and whenever they are needed.

ESP-2 MI supports all the major operating systems, including Windows .NET/2000/XP/NT(4.0) and UNIX (SCO, OpenServer/Unixware, Linux, AIX 4.3/5.1), making it a good fit for any networked environment with shared serial peripherals. The ESP-2 MI includes port management tools that facilitate mode selection for each port, and even allow system managers to 'hide' unused ports from the network. Features like dual power inputs and the EquiView Plus software make the ESP-2 MI easy to set-up, manage and maintain on the network.

The new Equinox ESP-2 MI will be available in February. For more information on the Equinox ESP-2 MI and optional accessories, visit www.equinox.com.

About Avocent Corporation

Avocent (NASDAQ: AVCT) is the leading worldwide supplier of KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switching, remote access and serial connectivity solutions that provide IT managers with access and control of multiple servers and network data center devices. Avocent's KVM solutions are distributed by the world's largest server manufacturers and installed in Fortune 100 companies around the world.

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