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Cabletron's Smartswitch Router 2000 Awarded
"Best Of The Best" By Internetweek Magazine

SmartSwitch Router Takes Industry by Storm with Another Industry Award

ROCHESTER, NH - December 21, 1998 - Cabletron Systems (NYSE: CS),
the premier provider of enterprise-class networking solutions, announced that its
SmartSwitch Router 2000 (SSR 2000) has won yet another award --
InternetWeek's first "Best of the Best" award.

Nominated by the testing editors of InternetWeek and voted the winner by
enterprise customers, the SSR 2000 beat out competitive entries from Cisco,
Compaq, Extreme and Fore Systems, The SSR 2000 is an industry-leading
application-aware desktop enterprise switch that offers wire-speed
application-level control by switching packets at Layers 2, 3 and 4, and supports a
full array of Wide Area Network (WAN) interfaces.

The SSR family has won an impressive list of industry recognition which includes
awards from The Tolly Group "Up to Spec," Mier Communications "Networks As
Advertised," The Silicon Valley Networking Lab "Benchmarked," CTI's "Product
of the Year," Network Computing's Editor's Choice, and InternetWeek's
"InternetWeek Approved and Best-in-Breed."

Technical validation of the SSR is mirrored according to a recent Dell'Oro Group
study, showing the SmartSwitch Router with an impressive 33% market share in the chassis-based Layer 3 switch category.

SmartSwitch Router Solutions
Offering the most compelling price/performance solution in the industry, all members of the SmartSwitch Router family (8000, 8600 and 2000), support 10/100/1000 switching and IP & IPX routing at Layers 2, 3 and 4 and are standards compliant -including 802.1p, 802.1q, RIP, OSPF, BGP, RMON and RMON2. Additionally, the SSR's switch Layer 4 application flows providing application-level control, Quality of Service (QoS), security and accounting of network traffic. All members of the SSR family also support WAN interfaces at various speeds.

About Cabletron
Cabletron Systems, the premier provider of enterprise-class networking solutions,
delivers dependable network access and communications to millions of people
worldwide. With scaleable products designed for Fortune 1000 enterprise
networks, service providers and small businesses, Cabletron provides simple,
reliable and cost-effective business solutions for the information age. Cabletron's
web site can be reached on the Internet at http://www.cabletr


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