Press release

Trade area / 05.02.2003

devolo presents numerous innovations at CeBIT 2003


The devolo AG of Aachen, Germany will present its extensive product portfolio at this year’s CeBIT in hall 15, booth C34. Along with the renowned MicroLink analogue modems for the home and industry, ADSL modems and network components, the successor to ELSA will introduce their HomePlug adapter MicroLink dLAN for PC networking via the household power circuit, a variety of Wireless LAN products based on the 802.11g standard that offers data rates of up to 54 Mbps, and also a miniature webserver for industry.

“Our booth in hall 15 will feature three presentation areas to show a variety of new developments and our line of proven products”, said Heiko Harbers, devolo’s CEO. The company was founded last year and, with its data-communications and networking products, carries on the tradition of the now insolvent ELSA AG, Europe’s former market leader for modems. devolo has taken over the brand-name and product rights (MicroLink and Vianect). “We can also demonstrate at CeBIT just how hard our development department has been working over the last few months so that we can present a variety of new, market-ready products”, said Harbers.

HomePlug adapter MicroLink dLAN: networking via the power lead

Anybody wishing to interconnect several computers at home or in the office or, for example, to share a DSL broadband Internet connection, can do this without the inconvenience of laying network cables. The MicroLink dLAN adapter (direct Local Area Network) is compatible to the international HomePlug-1.0 standard and enables the networking of multiple PCs via the existing household power circuit - without drilling, without dirt and without inconvenience. HomePlug offers a maximum data transfer rate of 14 Mbps and symmetrical up- and download speeds so comparing favourably with standard Ethernet solutions and even exceeding the performance of the current wireless standard WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) for use in the home. Depending on the quality of the circuit, bandwidths of at least 5 to 7 Mbps are reliably available and so provide ample performance for extending a DSL connection into every room. The MicroLink dLAN adapter is available with USB interface for a RRP of EUR 99.90 and with Ethernet interface for EUR 129.90. The MicroLink dLAN components can also function as repeaters within Wireless LAN infrastructure.

Wireless LAN 802.11g with data rates of up to 54 Mbps

802.11g is the latest Wireless LAN standard. Improved modulation allows data rates of up to 54 Mbps on 2.4 GHz. With the new MicroLink WLAN product line, devolo is introducing a WLAN access point, a USB adapter and a PCMCIA adapter. The radio access point “MicroLink WLAN AP“ can be connected to a DSL or cable modem. Desktop PCs can be connected via the USB adapter, notebook and other portable communications devices can be connected to the wireless network via the PCMCIA radio card. A high level of security is provided by the 128-bit WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy Standard) encryption.

MicroLink Webserver in miniature format for industry

The MicroLink Webserver is extremely compact and features a robust aluminium housing and built-in interface for modem or Ethernet connection to the WAN (Internet). The integrated PPP and PPPoE protocol stack enables direct dialling into the Internet. Several remote control and remote maintenance interface are integrated (e.g. 8x digital input, 8x digital output, V.24, I2C, 2 analogue I/O), as well as Telnet and TFTP interfaces for machine control. The connection between the remote control and maintenance interfaces and the Webserver uses a script interface. Proprietary HTML templates can be installed so that the user interface can be precisely tailored to meet customer requirements. The huge variety of potential applications for the MicroLink Webserver includes industrial application and home automation. For example, central-heating, air-conditioning or lighting systems, or window shutters can be remotely controlled.

We look forward to welcoming you to the devolo CeBIT stand in hall 15, booth C34. To make an appointment, please send an e-mail to