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Modems open lines of communication

U.S. Robotics has two new modems that allow businesses to support ISDN and analog connections simultaneously.

U.S. Robotics introduced today two new modems that allow businesses to support ISDN and analog connections simultaneously.

The MP/8 and MP/16 I-Modems are aimed at businesses that are moving to ISDN connections but have to maintain support for analog lines. For instance, telecommuters can dial in to a corporate network through either 33.6-kbps or ISDN modems without having to call separate numbers for each type of service. (Standard modems used with most PCs handle 14.4- to 28.8-kbps connections, which are notably slower.)

The MP/8 modem can accept up to 8 calls when connected to 4 ISDN lines, while the MP/16 can handle 16 through 8 ISDN lines. Both products have fax capability and can be upgraded for flash ROM. The list price for the MP/8 is $6,495, and the MP/8 retails for $10,995.