Multi-Tech Unveils MultiConnect Bluetooth Serial Adapter

9/16/2004 - Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading telecommunications and data communications technology company based in suburban Minneapolis, announces a Bluetooth serial adapter designed to replace serial cables with wireless connectivity when interconnecting peripheral devices. The MultiConnect Model MTS2BTA is ideal for any application that needs a serial connection of up to 100 meters or 330 feet without running cable. Applications suited for this MultiConnect product, but not limited to, include retail POS, bar code scanners and credit card readers, restaurant order and receipt printers, credit card readers, outdoor signs, gas pumps, security systems, and cameras. The MultiConnect MTS2BTA will start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2004 at an MSRP of US$199.00.

“Running serial cable can be expensive and often a virtually impossible task,” states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. “With this MultiConnect serial adapter, you can eliminate the cable and connect your peripheral devices wirelessly and effortlessly with a Bluetooth network. It can be an instant serial cable replacement in a point-to-point network with a MultiConnect serial adapter at each end of the connection, or the MultiConnect serial adapter can be used in a wireless host configuration. In that scenario the MultiConnect serial adapter is attached to any Bluetooth-enabled device such as a PDA or WAN radio for use in applications such as emergency vehicles, delivery trucks, or medical monitoring. The Bluetooth MultiConnect serial adapter is operating system independent with no application software required.

The Bluetooth MultiConnect device is a complete, ready-to-integrate serial-to- Bluetooth wireless adapter that provides serial cable replacement with a secure and robust wireless communications environment. It is compliant with the Bluetooth specifications for security, which includes 128-bit encryption and 10 alphanumeric Personal Identification Number (PIN) authentication. It utilizes FHSS (Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technologies. In addition, the Bluetooth MultiConnect serial adapter uses error correction schemes for guaranteed packet delivery.

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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