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Merlot Communications Announces Breakthrough in Reducing Installation Costs for Wireless Access Points

Dallas, TX – June 22, 2004 – HITEC 2004 - Merlot Communications, Inc., a leading manufacturer of High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) equipment, today announced a breakthrough in lowering the cost of Wireless LAN (“Wi-Fi”) installation.

The Merlot VROOMService™ HSIA solution supports the deployment of Wireless Access Points (WAP) without the added expense of running CAT-5 cable, or providing AC power.  The Merlot LapJackTM is the only remotely powered in-room wired access device in the hotel industry, and is now positioned to become the standard for wireless access installations.

The LapJack receives its power and connectivity over ordinary telephone wires that carry the broadband data and remotely transmits that power and connectivity to the WAP without costly Power over Ethernet (PoE) injectors.

With the clean line and small size of the LapJack, properties now have the flexibility to install access points in areas where CAT-5 cable or AC power is not fiscally feasible, or easily accessible such as public areas, guestrooms, and meeting space.

“This breakthrough enables property owners to offer wired, wireless or a hybrid solution with less expense and high levels of user satisfaction,” said George Conant, CEO at Merlot. “By installing Merlot’s HSIA solution, guests enjoy the security and ease of use of wired in-room access and the portability and productivity of wireless access.”

Merlot is exhibiting the Merlot LapJack™ at HITEC 2004 booth #442, as well as other applications including Video on Demand and SmartRoom solutions.

About Merlot Communications

Merlot Communications, Inc., manufactures and markets products that enable the delivery of High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) and applications such as Video on Demand, Video Conferencing, IP Video Surveillance and SmartRoom solutions.  With an initial focus in the Hospitality industry, Merlot solutions are installed in hotels worldwide from 5 star resorts to small boutique properties, positioning Merlot to expand into the Healthcare and Multiple Dwelling Unit markets.  Merlot advances a property’s communication network using existing telephone wiring to generate increased revenue and provide high levels of user satisfaction. Merlot also offers Wi-Fi Internet access, adding the benefits of portability and productivity. With superior technology, reliability and a simple user interface, Merlot offers a proven business model with long-term investment protection. Merlot was founded in 1997, with headquarters in Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.merlotcom.com.

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Contact:
Merlot Communications, Inc.
Victoria Desidero
VP of Marketing
(203) 448-2809
http://www.merlotcom.com
vdesidero@merlotcom.com

Melissa Marr
Director, Sales & Marketing Support
Merlot Communications
PH: 203-448-2835
FX: 203-730-1797
E-mail: mmarr@merlotcom.com



 
Also See: Merlot Communications Launches U.S. Channel Partner Program / May 2004
Courtyard Nashville Downtown Gets 100 Percent Customer Satisfaction with Merlot VROOMService High Speed Internet Access / January 2004
Merlot Communications, Inc. and iFone, S.A de C.V, Today Announced a Partnership to Deliver Enhanced High Speed Internet Access Solutions to Strategic Markets in Mexico / January 2004
Renaissance Westchester Adds Additional Merlot VROOMService High Speed Internet Access as Hotel Continues to Record High Usage Rates / June 2003
STSN, Inc. and Merlot Communications, Inc. Announce Worldwide Strategic Partnership to Deliver Enhanced High Speed Internet Access Solutions to the Hospitality Market / June 2003


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