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The New Linksys Voice System 9000 Provides a Complete SIP-Based Multi-Line Phone System for Small Businesses

IP PBX, Phones, Analog Gateway and VoIP Service Enable Small Businesses with Big Business Phone Features and Functionality

IRVINE, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Linksys(R), a Division of Cisco Systems, Inc., the recognized leading provider of voice, wireless and networking hardware for the consumer, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and small business markets, today announced a new line of SIP-based telephony products targeting SOHO and very small business customers. The new line of IP telephony solutions called the Linksys Voice System 9000 (LVS 9000) includes an IP PBX/Key system, a wide range of IP desktop phones, an Analog Gateway for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network and a selection of authorized Internet Telephone Service Provider (ITSP) offerings for the Value Added Reseller (VAR) or small business to choose from. Used together with an ITSP voice service, the LVS 9000 provides a complete IP telephony system for small businesses with up to 16 users.

The Linksys Voice System 9000, a fully-featured multi-line Internet phone system for small businesses, includes the following components:

* SPA9000 IP PBX * Range of IP Desktop Telephones * SPA3000 PSTN Gateway * WBP54G Wi-Fi(TM) Dongle to enable IP Telephones to be wireless * POES5 Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Dongle * Select ITSP support North America ITSPs supporting the LVS9000 include: * Cbeyond(R) * InPhonex(R) * Primus Telecommunications(R) * Race Technologies(R) * RNKVoIP(R) * VoicePulse(R) * Zingotel(R)

The above ITSPs carry the Linksys Participating Small Business Service Provider designation. This designation means each ITSP has met specific Linksys criteria including specialized training on the LVS 9000, certification of the solution on their network, creation of a service offering to support the LVS 9000 and creation of a partner program which rewards Linksys Approved -- LVS Authorized Partners for selling their services.

Participating Small Business Service Providers may offer their LVS 9000 service to small business through Linksys Approved -- LVS authorized partners or they may offer the LVS 9000 solution bundled with their service directly to small businesses via their website.

In addition to the margins VARs can make selling LVS 9000 hardware and their associated services, Linksys Approved -- LVS authorized partners are eligible to earn bounty and/or recurring revenue for selling the service offerings of Participating Small Business Service Providers. More information is available by contacting any of the above ITSPs.

"There are more than 35 million small businesses world wide looking for custom IP communication solutions that are custom built for their needs," said Tarun Loomba, Linksys Sr. Director of product marketing. "To date most small businesses are forced to use enterprise or consumer voice solutions that are either too costly or difficult to use or not robust enough to support their needs. The new Linksys IP PBX and IP phones bundled with our authorized service provider partner's offering were developed for the small business in mind. The LVS9000 will make the deployment of full featured voice networks easy to install and simple to use at a price small businesses can afford."

The Linksys LVS 9000 series include: Linksys IP PBX: SPA9000

The Linksys IP PBX lies at the heart of the telephony solution, delivering advanced, multi-line features commonly found in enterprise telephone networks. With the Auto Attendant feature, small businesses with up to 16 users can customize their voice network to direct calls to the right person or department and program the system to allow on- and off-business hour greetings. A promotional message can be created to greet or provide information to callers placed on hold or users can "pipe in" their music of choice. The system also allows users to park calls, fax over the Internet and use the intercom for paging. There are over one hundred telephony features built-in. Out of the box, the SPA9000 supports up to four (4) users. Via a software license key upgrade, up to sixteen (16) users can be supported. Details can be found at http://www.linksys.com/.

Software Functionality - Configuration Server - SIP Proxy and Registrar - Up to 16 Users - Application Server - Music on Hold Server - Media Proxy - Web Server - For Local Management - ATA via 2 Onboard RJ11 FXS Ports Hardware Interface Functionality - Two Phone Ports: * Analog Telephone * Fax Machine - Two Ethernet Ports * LAN Connectivity * Call Traffic and Signaling Routing * PC Management Interface IP PBX Features * Automated Attendant - Reduce Call Load On Receptionist (No Receptionist) - Professional Welcome for All Callers - Single Number Access to All Employees - Guaranteed Call Completion - Fast, Easy Set-Up and Maintenance * Automatic Call Distribution / Routing * Bridged / Shared Line Call Appearance * Call Transfer * Call Forwarding * Local and Corporate Directory * Call Pickup * Group Paging * Intercom * Call Hunt Groups * Direct Inward Dialing (DID) and Voice Mail Integration with ITSP * Music on Hold * Do Not Disturb * Three Party Conference Calling * More features can be found at http://www.linksys.com/

Linksys IP Desktop Phones: SPA901, SPA921, SPA922, SPA941, SPA942 This new line of affordable IP desktop telephones provides a wide variety of phone options for small businesses. Choose phones with one or two Ethernet ports, 1, 2, or 4 extensions, optional Power over Ethernet functionality, or a durable no-display model. These telephones work with all SIP-based IP Telephony solutions, but when used with the SPA9000, the phones install in minutes, automatically configuring themselves with business features set by the Service Provider. With an optional Wireless-G Phone Bridge (WPB54G) users can install phones in hard-to-reach places without running cables. The line of Linksys IP Desktop phones can also be used in conjunction with leading SIP application server platforms to provide an IP Centrex service model for service providers looking to provide PBX/Key system features to small businesses.

Model Ethernet Ports # of Extensions Display SPA901 1 1 None SPA921 1 1 Graphical SPA922 2 (1 with PoE) 1 Graphical SPA941 1 2, upgradeable to 4 Graphical SPA942 2 (1 with PoE) 2, upgradeable to 4 Graphical Linksys Analog PSTN Gateway + Phone Adapter: SPA3000

The SPA3000 provides a means to integrate a legacy Telephone service with the LVS 9000 solution. Also, if Internet service is down, calls can be redirected to a traditional PSTN carrier using the SPA9000 Analog Gateway so service continues without interruption.

* One Line FXO Port Provides Call Routing To and From PSTN - Back Up in Case of Internet Access Problems - Back up for Emergency E911 Service - Transparent Migration from Legacy PSTN Service - Optional Routing of Local, Toll Free Calls to PSTN * One FXS Port Provides Connection for Analog Phone or Fax Machine Pricing and Availability

The Linksys IP PBX, IP Desktop Phones and Analog Gateway were developed for large residential or small business customers. Evaluation units are available immediately through Linksys U.S. Distribution partners, including Ingram Micro, Tech Data, and D&H Distributing. Authorization from Linksys, and a Linksys Voice Service Provider Agreement is required to purchase these products.

VARs interested in selling the LVS 9000 solution and the associated service offerings of Participating Small Business Service providers should first apply for Linksys Approved Partner status at linksys.com/var. Upon acceptance, a Linksys Approved Partner will need to successfully complete a training module on the LVS 9000 to obtain LVS 9000 Authorization.

Estimated Street Pricing for the new LVS 9000 is as follows: IP PBX * SPA9000: $399.99 * SPA9000UPG: $300.00 (Upgrade license for SPA9000 to support 16 phones). IP Desktop Phones * SPA901: $89.99 * SPA921: $119.99 * SPA922: $159.99 * SPA941: $149.99 * SPA942: $179.99 * SPA941UPG: $30.00 (Upgrade license for the SPA941 to support 4 extensions) * SPA942UPG: $30.00 (Upgrade license for the SPA942 to support 4 extensions) IP Analog PSTN Gateway * SPA3000: $89.99 Accessories: * WBP54G: Wireless-G Phone Bridge for Linksys VoIP endpoints: $ 39.99 * PS100: IP Phone Power Supply: $ 14.99. Optional power supply for the SPA922 and SPA942. It must be ordered separately. * POE5S: PoE Dongle for VoIP: $ 29.99. Enables PoE on Linksys VoIP endpoints: SPA901, SPA921, SPA941, SPA3000, SPA9000

These new solutions will complement the upcoming deployment of Linksys One solutions. Linksys One is an ideal solution for small business with 5-100 users needing a complete communications solution that addresses voice, video, and applications. The LVS series was developed to address the residential and very small business market.

About Linksys

Founded in 1988, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., is the recognized global leader in Wireless, VoIP and Ethernet networking for consumer, SOHO and small business users. Linksys is dedicated to making networking easy and affordable for its customers, offering innovative, award-winning products that seamlessly integrate with a variety of devices and applications. Linksys provides award-winning product support to its customers. For more information, visit http://www.linksys.com/.

Linksys is a registered trademark or trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. Other brands and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Copyright (C) 2006 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

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CONTACT: Media, Karen Sohl, +1-949-823-1578, [email protected], or Trevor
Bratton, +1-949-823-1212, [email protected], both of Linksys; or
Investor Relations, Ken Bond of Cisco, +1-408-526-6001, [email protected]

Web site: http://www.linksys.com/

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