Transition Networks Announces Focal Point 3.0 SNMP Management Software

Posted by on May 10th, 2011

Minnetonka, MN — May 10, 2011 — Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCS), today announced the release of Focal Point 3.0. This management software is a comprehensive networking management platform that allows users to monitor, configure and control Transition Networks equipment from a single interface. Focal Point 3.0 also supports the latest ION Platform from Transition Networks along with the popular Point System Platform and adds trap- notification through a built in trap server that has the ability to send messages and report error events from any device.

“Customers looking for an easy way to configure and monitor advanced product features can do so with Focal Point 3.0.,” said Patrick Schaber, Global Director of Marketing at Communication Systems Inc. “The simple interface of Focal Point 3.0 will help reduce the expense and learning curve associated with managing multiple software systems and can be used by both the ION and Point System Platforms.”

Product Features
Focal Point 3.0 is a JAVA-based SNMP graphical user interface (GUI) software that is available to customers free of charge. Focal Point 3.0 also utilizes a “tree” design and layout that customers are familiar with from similar software management applications. This design simplifies the commitment associated with learning a new software program and allows network administrators a method to quickly and effectively manage and monitor Transition Networks devices.

Focal Point 3.0 offers full SNMP read/write management capabilities via a user friendly GUI and allows users to configure Transition Networks devices in a simplified manner. With this release Point System modules and ION modules can now be fully managed through one software package. In addition, this release also adds the built in trap server and trap viewer functions. These new add-ins allow users an easy fault notification and detection to help simplify troubleshooting, while reducing operational expenses (OpEx).

Key features in Focal Point 3.0 are:

ION and Point System support
Fault management, configuration management and performance monitoring
SNMP device discovery to automatically detect Transition Networks devices
“Tree” view for all Transition Networks devices
Chassis / Device view with real-time LED indicators
Universal trap viewer for viewing & receiving traps
Email notifications for traps and events
Live-Chat with Transition Networks’ technical support
Free upgrades and 24x7x365 technical support

Product Configuration
Transition Networks’ Focal Point 3.0 works with the following operating systems:

Microsoft Windows® NT, 2000, XP and Windows 7
HP-UX® 10.x or higher
Sun SolarisTM 2.6 or higher

Focal Point 3.0 requires Java™ Runtime Engine (JRE™) version 1.5.0 or higher.

Product Availability
Focal Point 3.0 is available now for download at:

Please contact Transition Networks at (800)526-9267or +1-952-941-7600 for more information. You can also visit for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products
Transition Networks’ conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. All Transition Networks branded Network Interface Devices, switches, and SFPs/XFPs carry a lifetime warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.
Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company’s Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ:JCS).

Statements regarding the Company’s anticipated performance in 2011 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Company Contact:
Patrick Schaber
Transition Networks
(952) 996-1526

Editorial Contact:
Kim Miller
Tier One Partners
(617) 610-0583

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