Stand-Alone Media Converters have rugged enclosures.

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Just Convert-It line of converters enable copper to fiber conversion and are available in 4 models. J/E-CF-02 suits 10Base-T to 10Base-FL conversions, while J/FE-CF-03 suits 100Base-TX to 100Base-FX and features auto-negotiation and auto-cross. J/E-PSW-FX-02 10/100Base-T to 100Base-FX bridging media converter has ability to disable auto-negotiation feature, and J/RS232-xF-01 RS232 copper to fiber converter provides distance extension of serial connectivity.



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Transition Networks Releases New Additions to Just Convert-It Line of Media Converters


Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Bridging and Serial Protocols

Minneapolis, MN- Jan. 12, 2004- Transition Networks Inc., the conversion technology expert, today announced several new releases within its Just Convert-It line of stand-alone media converters, which offer customers a lower-cost, no frills alternative to full featured converters while maintaining the same quality and lifetime warranty that Transition provides on all its products. Included in the additions are four models: 10Base-T to 10Base-FL, 100Base-TX to 100Base-FX, 10/100Base-T to 100Base-FX and RS232 to Fiber.

J/E-CF-02

This 10Base-T to 10Base-FL media converter is a new revision of the J/E-CF-01 offered previously by Transition. While offering the same copper to fiber conversion, the new -02 version has the addition of a rugged metal enclosure offering a more robust converter that can also be mounted into Transition's popular rack mount shelf.

J/FE-CF-03

This 100Base-TX to 100Base-FX media converter is a new revision of the J/FE-CF-02 offered previously by Transition. While offering the same copper to fiber conversion, the new -03 version also has the addition of a rugged metal enclosure offering a more robust converter that can also be mounted into
Transition's popular rack mount shelf. Feature enhancements include Auto-Negotiation and the addition of AutoCross, which eliminates the user intervention needed to choose the correct MDI/MDI-X button setting for the installation.

J/E-PSW-FX-02

This 10/100Base-T to 100Base-FX bridging media converter is a new revision of the J/E-PSW-FX-01 offered previously by Transition. While maintaining the Auto-Negotiation feature, this latest release also offers the ability to disable Auto-
Negotiation and force the copper port to 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps and to force both the copper and fiber ports to full or half duplex. Feature enhancements include the addition of AutoCross, which eliminates the user intervention needed to choose the correct MDI/MDI-X button setting for the installation. While offering
the same copper to fiber conversion, the new -02 version also has the addition of a rugged metal enclosure offering a more robust converter that can also be mounted into Transition's popular rack mount shelf.

J/RS232-xF-01

This RS232 copper to fiber media converter is a new addition to the Just Convert-It line. It is designed to provide distance extension of basic serial connectivity without all the handshaking signals that add cost to the product. This low-cost alternative to Transitions' full-featured RS232 to fiber converters utilizes only 3 wires of a typical DB-9 connector: Transmit, Receive and Ground. The converter will ignore any handshaking signals received from end devices, but will still link and pass data with any end device. This converter is offered in a DCE or DTE version and also includes the same rugged metal enclosure found on the other releases which offers a more robust converter that can also be mounted into Transition's popular rack mount shelf.

"As an ongoing effort to offer our customers the utmost in flexibility and to tailor product options to their needs, Transition is pleased to offer these Just Convert-It
line extensions and new releases," said Bill Schultz, vice president of markleting for Transition Networks. "Our customers are very knowledgeable and understand that there may be times when a less than full-featured product will adequately meet their conversion needs and look to us to provide them with a
cost-effective altemative while maintaining the same quality and reliability they have come to expect from Transition Networks."

About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make the conversion between disparate media types possible. The company designs and markets these media conversion technologies across a broad spectrum of networking protocols including Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, Gigabit Ethernet,
Tl/El, DS3,, Token Ring, and more. The company works alongside leading networking vendors - Nortel Networks, Hewlett Packard, 3COM, Cisco, Enterasys, Extreme, Foundry, Avaya and others - to provide conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network to the users or the network
devices. 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).

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