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September 12, 2010

Patton Offering 20 Percent Off on its DialFire Dial-up Access Equipment

By Patrick Barnard
Group Managing Editor, TMCnet


Patton, a leading provider of telephony gear including Ethernet extenders, is currently offering a 20 percent discount on its DialFire Remote Access Servers.

The DialFire Remote Access Servers are featured in Patton’s (News - Alert) newly-released Remote Access Product Guide. The discount is being offered until Oct. 29.

Patton’s 24-page Remote Access Product Guide features a wide selection of US-made remote access solutions including POTS/analog (v.90, V.92, V.44, K56Flex, V.34+) and digital (ISDN) solutions for industry, enterprises, carrier-providers, retail and hospitality.

Patton’s DialFire RAS equipment for the enterprise supports 24 to 120 dial-up data connections while its carrier-class ForeFront Access Infrastructure Solution supports 96 to 120 connections per chassis slot.

If you’re thinking “dial-up is dead,” you’re dead wrong. According to Patton, dial-up access technology “remains critical for many subscribers” despite declining usage. The company points out that dial-up access is still used “almost universally as back-up against satellite, wireless, and terrestrial network failure, in many rural areas dial-up is still the only viable method of Internet access.”

“Dial-up is far from dead,” said Burton A. Patton, founder and executive vide president at Patton, in a release. “Dial-up service remains essential, but the market has shifted. Dial-up is still the lowest-cost alternative for low-bandwidth applications—especially machine-to-machine and remote-sensor communications.”

Glen Flowers, Product Marketing Manager, pointed out that Patton “is just about the only player left in the game,” as far as dial-up is concerned.

“Many manufacturers are focused on the hottest new technology, but Patton is committed to real-world requirements,” Flowers said. “Dial-up is a robust technology. As long as customers need it, Patton will keep dial-up alive.”

While discontinued RAS equipment from Lucent, Cisco (News - Alert), 3COM and others can be purchased online, those vendors no longer produce nor support their products. Meanwhile, Patton continues to manufacture and provide free lifetime support for all RAS product lines, demonstrating an enduring commitment to the technology and its customers.

Patton made news in July when it announced that its SmartNode 5200 session border controller had won a 2009 Product of the year award from TMC’s Unified Communications (News - Alert) magazine.

Patrick Barnard is Group Managing Editor, TMCnet, focusing mainly on call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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