ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo systems offers ease-of-connectivity benefits

United States Hardware Announcement 107-708
November 27, 2007

 

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At a glance

ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo systems is based on the well-respected connectivity software that is provided on select Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. Access Connections, V4.12u, is unlocked to install on non-Lenovo PCs and provides many of the ease-of-connectivity benefits of Access Connections on ThinkPad systems. Benefits include:

  • Best available network adapter (Ethernet or wireless LAN (WLAN)) automatic switching to the faster connection
  • Automatic location switching based on location profiles the user defines
  • Changing networking and wireless settings plus other settings for security and convenience. These include:
    • Browser (either IE or Firefox) homepage and proxy
    • Default printer
    • Firewall
    • TCP/IP DHCP and DNS
    • Internet connection sharing
    • File and printer sharing
    • VPN launch
    • Application launch

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Overview

ThinkVantage™ Access Connections for non-Lenovo™ systems helps to extend key ThinkVantage Technologies to your full enterprise. It provides many of the ease-of-connectivity features found in the Access Connections software on select ThinkPad® notebooks. This software aids in managing networking adapters and settings, especially with wireless solution applications.

A license-only (no CD) part number 376422Z is being released for customers that do not need a CD for every license they purchase. For example, a large account may order a minimum of part number 376421Z (license and CD) and then order the balance of licenses required as license-only part number 376422Z.
 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for supported configurations.
 
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Availability date

November 27, 2007
 
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Description

Additional information: All offers are subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice. Lenovo is not responsible for photographic or typographic errors.

Lenovo makes no representation or warranty regarding third-party products or services.

Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo is capable as of November 27, 2007, when used in accordance with associated Lenovo documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it.

Trademarks

 
Lenovo and ThinkVantage are trademarks of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both
 
ThinkPad is a registered trademark of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

ThinkVantage™ Access Connections for non-Lenovo™ (376422Z)

Product positioning: This solution brings many of the ease-of-connectivity features found on select ThinkPad® notebooks to non-Lenovo notebooks running Windows® XP and Windows 2000. ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo systems provides a broad range of convenience and security features in an easy-to-use, easy-to-access interface.

Technical Information

ENERGY STAR-Compliant: No

Hardware requirements

Requirements for installing and using ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo software on non-IBM/Lenovo computers

Processor

Speed and type defined by Microsoft® Windows recommendations (compatible with Windows XP Pro and Home)

HDD configuration

The ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo software install package will be approximately 10 MB. It is recommended that at least 100 MB of free space is available and that the drive's fragmentation level is properly maintained.

Network adapters

ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo software supports wired PCI-based, Ethernet network adapters and Wi-Fi-compliant WLAN adapters. Network device drivers must be compatible with the Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating system and should be Microsoft WHQL certified. Lenovo has not tested all possible networking and WLAN adapters on non-Lenovo PCs. Customer should carefully evaluate that this software works in their environment before deploying.

If a PC card WLAN adapter can be used, Lenovo recommends the Cisco CB21AG PC Card for the best experience on non-Lenovo notebooks.

Minimum system memory requirements: 128 MB system RAM

Video requirements

  • Video compatibility: VGA-compatible video that supports a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 and 24-bit color
  • Video memory:
    • On non-shared video memory systems: Minimum of 4 MB of video RAM
    • On shared video memory systems: Minimum of 4 MB and maximum of 8 MB can be allocated for video memory
    • VGA-compatible video that supports a resolution of 800 x 600, 24-bit color

Installation requirements: 100 MB minimum of free hard disk space.

ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo is supported on IBM-compatible systems meeting the technical requirements outlined in this section. For details, refer to

Software requirements

One of the following operating systems:

  • Windows XP Home
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows 2000

Application compatibility

Some applications that attempt to control the networking and WLAN hardware may not be compatible with ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo software. For information regarding compatibility issues, refer to the README file that accompanies ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo software or visit

Compatibility: As specified in this section

Planning information

Cable orders required: No

Installation time: Approximately thirty minutes

Packaging

Shipment group

  • ThinkVantage Access Connections for non-Lenovo

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the system in which it is installed.

Terms and conditions

Lenovo Direct Terms and Conditions

The Program listed below is licensed under the following terms and conditions in addition to those of the International License Agreement for Non-Warranted Programs.

Program name: ThinkVantage Access Connections 4.x

Licensing: Lenovo International License Agreement for Non-Warranted Programs.

Proofs of entitlement (PoE): PoE are required for all use.

Usage restriction: Yes — Usage is limited to the quantity of licenses indicated on the PoE.

PoE: Maintain your original dated receipt as your PoE to use the program. For programs preinstalled on, included with, or distributed at no charge for use on a Lenovo system, your PC invoice is your PoE.

Help and service information — Features and options

For general questions related to the use of your software, fee-based support is available. Your technical support representative can help you determine the best alternative.

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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local Lenovo representative.

                                                        IBM
                           Machine          Part        list
Description                type     Model   number      price(1)
 
ThinkVantage Access        3764     22Z     376422Z     $25
 Connections 4.x for
 non-Lenovo Single
 User License
 
(1) List price does not include tax or shipping and is subject
    to change without notice.  Reseller prices may vary.

Trademarks

 
Windows and Microsoft are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Lenovo and ThinkVantage are trademarks of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both
 
ThinkPad is a registered trademark of Lenovo in the United States, other countries, or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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