Mix-and-match makes versatile expansion

Xircom has announced the release of an innovative new product that aims to centralise your mobile PC's connections and provide a flexible expansion system.

The PortStation is a mix-and-match system of modules ranging from USB hubs to serial ports and 56K modem connections that snap together into a single base.

Emphasising the point, Xircom says the PortStation provides "effortless network and Internet connections via 10Mbps Ethernet and 56K modem". Further modules are planned for release during this year and early 2000, including ISDN, Home Networking, ADSL and Cable modem modules. Prices start at $89 and go up to $265 for the modules which will be available at the end of the month.

Three starter kits for the PortStation will also be available from the end of September:

The USB Hub Starter Kit ($255), which is a seven-port USB hubThe Connections Starter Kit ($245), which includes Parallel, Serial PS/2 and four USB portsThe Office Communications Starter Kit ($415), which includes Parallel, Serial PS/2 and Ethernet 10XircomPhone: (02) 8923 7000http://www.xircom.com/portstation

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