Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
Diamond Multimedia announced (“Diamond Multimedia Enables PC and Macintosh Computers to Share Resources With USB Home Networking Product“) plans for a USB cross-platform home networking kit that relies on regular phone lines for connectivity. Here’s the details from the press release:
The new Diamond product provides for shared Internet access, peripheral sharing and networked multi-player gaming and includes an extensive software bundle.
Featuring AMD’s PCnet(TM)-Home networking controller, the new Diamond home networking product uses existing home phonelines to link multiple PCs and is based upon the HomePNA (Home Phoneline Networking Alliance) network standard. The new product will be marketed as an extension to Diamond’s HomeFree(TM) home networking brand and will carry a retail price of less than $70.
“USB technology offers easier installations and other key benefits to the home networking consumer,” said Jim Cady, president of Diamond Multimedia’s Communications Division. “This week, we have announced new USB-based analog modem, cable modem and home networking products. By offering solutions with networking and both analog and broadband access competencies, Diamond Multimedia is uniquely positioned to provide the connectivity platform for the connected home.”