Multi-Tech Unveils Smallest External Remote Access Server

5/12/2004 - For a user with little room, but a need for a Remote Access Server, the new single port MultiAccess Remote Access Server (RAS) from Multi-Tech may be the best answer. Announcing what the company believes is the smallest external RAS, Multi-Tech adds another model to its MultiAccess line that is at the complete other end of the line’s size spectrum. Current MultiAccess models are digital units providing up to 120 ports per 1U chassis, while this unit is barely the size of a deck of cards. The new MA100-1M is a single port analog remote access server, equipped with an industry standard V.92 modem, an RJ11 connector for a phone line, and a 10/100 Ethernet connector for the network.

"This is a very versatile product. It serves well as a network appliance where you need RAS capability in a permanent location with limited room, and it is good as a portable server when you need remote access capability elsewhere," states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. "In the case of a permanent installation, the best prospect would be a branch office or small office that needs occasional remote access and some shared modem capability. This box does not require modifications to existing servers (i.e., installing hardware, reconfiguring, etc.) and does not eat up computational power. A good portable scenario is for support personnel where a particular location needs an access point for monitoring, downloading or maintenance when the primary network connections are not available. Remote access has been part of Multi-Tech’s business for decades, and this shows our continuing commitment to users that need dial-up remote access even on its most basic and smallest level."

The MultiAccess MA100-1M is an analog, single port Remote Access Server (RAS) external unit suitable for both dial-in, remote-node operations and shared dial-out modem tasks. The dial-out software tested and recommended for this product is by Tactical Software; either Dial-out Easy or Dial-IP. For dial-in access, any PPP client, such as dial-up networking from a Windows operating system, will work. MultiAccess is a Linux-based server housed in an external cabinet about the size of a deck of cards. It comes with tabs suitable for mounting the unit on other equipment, walls or cabinets. The modem is an ITU standard V.92/V.34 analog module, which will operate inbound at V.34 speeds of up to 33.6K bps and outbound, when connected to a digital server (e.g. at an ISP), at speeds up to 56K bps. This full-featured remote access server provides advanced security, web-based management and seamless interoperability with any TCP/IP network. Connection to the LAN/WAN is by one auto-sensing 10/100BaseT Ethernet interface, and connection to a PSTN line is by an RJ11 interface.

An ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.

Privately held Multi-Tech Systems has over 60 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s World Wide Web home page at

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