SOURCE: Actiontec

May 20, 2008 10:00 ET

Actiontec Expands Retail Presence With Introduction of Three-in-One 54 Mbps Wireless DSL Modem

New Modem Combines Full-Rate ADSL/ADSL2+ Modem, 4-Port Ethernet Switch, and Wireless Router -- Offering DSL Customers Greater Versatility, Simplicity, and Value

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Actiontec Electronics today introduced its new 54 Mbps Wireless DSL Modem to the mass merchant retail channel, providing residential DSL customers with enhanced versatility and connectivity options for their home network. Now available for retail sale at Best Buy, the new modem lets customers benefit from Actiontec's industry-leading performance and powerful feature set, for far less than the cost of a basic leased modem from their DSL provider.

Three products in one, the new 54 Mbps Wireless Modem (GT724WGR) eliminates device clutter in the home network by combining a full-rate ADSL/ADSL2+ modem, 4 port Ethernet switch, and 802.11g wireless router into a sleek, easy-to-use device. Additionally, Actiontec's new GT724R, also available at Best Buy, offers a full-rate ADSL/ADSL2+ modem and a 4 port switch for those customers not needing integrated wireless capabilities.

"By offering the GT724WGR and GT724R modems at mass market retailers, we're able to give residential consumers a more cost-efficient and versatile alternative to the basic leased modem that's typically equipped with a single Ethernet port. Having one wired interface to one computer is just not a realistic solution for most households," said Michael Ehlenberger, Vice President, Channel Sales at Actiontec. "Our new modems offer a great upgrade path for a wide variety of home networking needs -- whether consumers are looking to add WLAN to their home, upgrade their old 802.11b router, or just want to get rid of the clutter of separate boxes on their desk."

Both modems have been rigorously tested to ensure full compatibility with all major DSL providers, giving retail customers the assurance needed that their new modem will work regardless of their DSL provider. Actiontec provides robust security to protect home networks from outside threats; both modems function as an Internet firewall with three levels of security, and the 54 Mbps Wireless Modem uses 64-, 128-, or 256-bit encryption or WPA.

As the easiest connecting DSL modems on the market today, both the GT724WGR and GT724R are designed to make DSL hassle-free. Actiontec's built-in Auto-Connect tool automatically detects the type of DSL service, as well as network settings like PPPoE or PPPoA configuration and VPI/VCI settings. As a result, home users no longer need to dig through their paperwork or call technical support to find their correct settings, and configuring DSL service is as easy as plugging in the modem. And an intuitive Graphical User Interface lets subscribers check network status or view customized service provider messages in seconds.

About Actiontec Electronics

Actiontec Electronics develops broadband connectivity and broadband-powered solutions that simplify and enrich the digital life -- delivering a unified experience that encompasses communications, entertainment, home management, and more. Actiontec offerings range from the market's broadest selection of IPTV-capable broadband home gateways for bringing IP-based video services into the home, to DSL modems, wireless networking devices, routers and digital entertainment devices. The company's carrier-class products are easy to install, manage, and use, and are sold through retail channels and broadband service providers. Founded in 1993, Actiontec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and maintains branch offices in Colorado Springs, CO; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, call 408-752-7700 or visit

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