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1/11/05 - LucidLink Wi-Fi Security Software Named #1 Channel Product In Wireless Category By CRN Magazine

Wizard-Driven Solution Cited for Affordability, Scalability and Ease of Use

ANN ARBOR, MI - January 11, 2005 - LucidLinkTM Wireless Security, Interlink Networks' plug-and-play Wi-Fi security software for businesses with three to 250 wireless users, has been honored as CRN magazine's Product of the Year in the wireless solution category. LucidLink joins 11 other products recognized as 2004 CRN Test Center Products of the Year for their value to end users as well as their business value to VARs and technology integrators.

"Interlink Networks' LucidLink wireless security software wins top honors from CRN Test Center engineers not only because it's affordable and scalable, but because it's extremely easy to use and manage," the publication said in its announcement. "LucidLink offers great opportunities for solution providers as an add-on sale for new wireless installations and can also complement security offerings such as VPNs, firewalls and antivirus."

CRN's review earlier in the year noted that LucidLink enables solution providers to set up a secure wireless network in less than 15 minutes and concluded that "The product eliminates any excuses for not securing a WLAN."

The CRN award was LucidLink's second industry accolade in three weeks. In early December, LucidLink became the first product to earn two consecutive 'Best in Show' awards from the Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo, the world's largest business event dedicated to Wi-Fi technology.

The awards from both organizations reflect LucidLink's status as the first 802.11 WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) solution to reduce Wi-Fi setup, security and maintenance to a few steps that can be handled even by non-technical users. All operations require only one or two clicks, eliminating the time and expertise previously required to thwart wireless eavesdroppers while delivering the same 802.1X, WPA-enterprise, and 802.11i standards-based security used by Fortune 2000 companies for a fraction of the price.

The software intelligently configures the correct setup options for the leading 802.1X-compatible access points and wireless cards without the need for manual intervention; enrolls both permanent and guest users with two clicks; and automatically recognizes, connects and secures authorized users every time they boot up their PCs without extra steps like password entry. It supports wireless users working on either Windows 2000 or Windows XP PCs.

LucidLink Wireless Security costs $449 for a 10-user license and scales to 250 users. The product is also available in a LucidLink Home Office Edition priced at $99 for three users.

"The rapid adoption of wireless LANs poses security risks that must be addressed, and VARs and integrators that serve small and mid-sized businesses need a security solution that is both easy to install and easy for their customers to administer," said Mike Klein, president and CEO of Interlink Networks. "This Product of the Year award from CRN recognizes LucidLink's innovations in both areas, making it a channel-friendly product with a large audience and therefore strong revenue-generating potential."

About Interlink Networks
Interlink Networks is a 12-year leader in RADIUS servers for secure Wi-Fi (802.11 wireless LAN) networks in large enterprises. The company's LucidLink Wireless Security software offers high-level protection for wireless networks in small and mid-sized businesses, blocking unauthorized users and intentional hackers while allowing easy administration and access for authorized users such as employees, contractors, visiting salespeople, and guests. LucidLink has been recognized with two consecutive 'Best in Show' awards at the Wi-Fi Planet Conference and Expo, achieved recognition by ICSA Labs, and has received a strong recommendation by the CRN Test Center. Interlink Networks is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For more information, call (734) 821-1200 or visit

Tony Keller
S&S Public Relations, Inc.