BASCOM Announces New Release of IQ2 NetConnect 3.0: Big Business Connectivity Platform for Small Business Networks

"Instant On" technology addresses erratic and sluggish "DSLater" roll-out, providing immediate productivity benefits while facilitating DSL access upon availability; "Secure in Seconds" Technology provides out-of-the-box firewall protection

NetWorld Interop/Linux Conference - Atlanta, GA - September 27, 2000—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), pioneering developers of Linux-based Internet infrastructure connectivity and productivity solutions, today announces the release of its flagship small business connectivity solution, the IQ2 NetConnect 3.0 (IQ2). Featuring BASCOM's "Instant On" technology, the IQ2 gives small businesses secure, high-performance Internet access-immediately-while they wait for their Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) to be turned on. The IQ2 also features "Secure in Seconds" technology, providing a small business with a preconfigured firewall that is immediately operational; it is also far more affordable than dedicated firewalls which require many hours to configure. The IQ2 also provides a Web cache system for optimum performance (which an increasing number of users are clamoring for). The IQ2 is remotely administered and upgraded, making it a hassle-free "drop-in, turn-on" solution ideal for a small business.

"The gap between the promised benefits of DSL—offering small businesses robust and cost-effective bandwidth - and its realization is widening by the day, causing fallout between vendors unable to deliver a high-speed line because of provisioning issues and customers growing increasingly impatient with the delays and excuses (which is why we at BASCOM refer to it as DSLater). Many small business owners have embraced DSL as a means of leveling the playing field with their larger competitors; each day their lines are delayed they are losing productivity and ground," said Peter Cirasole, BASCOM President. "The Instant On technology integrated into the newest release of our IQ2 solution maximizes a company's existing bandwidth, while providing them with the infrastructure to immediately leverage the benefits of DSL as soon as it's made available. Moreover, the IQ2's "Secure in Seconds" technology safeguards a company's digital assets behind an airtight, preconfigured firewall. From a vendor's standpoint (ISPs and VARs), the IQ2 enables their customers to avoid the "DSLater" issue and realize out-of-the-box productivity gains without any accompanying security concerns."

Key Features at a Glance:

A Low Maintenance, High Performance Solution

  • Secure in Seconds. The IQ2's preconfigured firewall is up and running as soon as the box is "plugged in."
  • Instant On. Delivers immediate value. Before a DSL line is even provisioned, small business networks can maximize their existing connection, realizing dramatic performance benefits.
  • Virtual Network Administrator. Upgrades and patches are remotely delivered and configuration files automatically backed up.
  • Extended Customer Lifecycle. The IQ2 eases "access migration," from dialup to DSL or to whatever access method becomes available. As a true "productivity platform," VARs can leverage the IQ2 to layer additional services, such as an access management system or productivity suite.

"As a small business based in a wired building, we were particularly concerned about security, especially since we are on a shared network," said Steven Morgan, President of PeopleComm, a high tech consulting and staffing firm. "The IQ2 was a perfect solution, giving us secure Internet access across our LAN, while providing us with the scalability necessary to support our fast-growing infrastructure. I should also mention that the entire installation took 30 minutes 25 of those minutes involved the engineer moving around furniture!"

About the Global Chalkboard

BASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.

The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.


BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.

BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.

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