SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Osicom Technologies, Inc.
(Nasdaq: FIBR) today announced it has signed a distribution agreement with
Merisel, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSEL), under which Merisel will distribute Osicom's
complete line of remote access products, including remote access servers,
leased-line and dial-up routers, ethernet switches, hubs, and network print
servers, to its extensive base of value-added resellers in the United States
and Canada. 
"We're pleased to have this opportunity to offer Osicom's award-winning
networking products to Merisel resellers," said John Hwang, president of
Osicom's Indirect Sales Channels Division.  This agreement for the United
States and Canada significantly strengthens our presence in the indirect
channels, complementing the recently announced distribution agreement with
Tech Data Corporation covering the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin
America, and the Caribbean. 
Hwang also noted that the initial focus of the agreement will be on
promoting Osicom's award-winning NetHopper(TM) Remote Access router and the
award-winning ROUTERMate-Plus router because of the high demand in the market
for remote network access and switching technologies. 
Merisel resellers will be able to access Osicom's product information and
place their orders via the world wide web at the company's @Merisel Web site,
http/www.merisel.com.  Merisel is the first national distributor to offer a
web-based order-entry system to resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada. 
Merisel, Inc. is a leader in the distribution of computer hardware and
software products.  The company holds Fortune 500 status, with 1995 sales of
$6 billion.  Merisel distributes a full line of 25,000 products from the
industry's leading manufacturers to more than 45,000 resellers.  Merisel
offers extensive support services, including training, marketing, technical
support, configuration, merchandising, telemarketing, information services and
third party financing.  @Merisel, the company's corporate home page, is
located at http://www.merisel.com. 
Osicom Technologies is a Santa Monica, Calif. based company engaged in
design, manufacture, and marketing of transmission, networking, remote access,
and connectivity products for use in local area networks, wide area networks,
and broadband global networks.  The company, through a strategy of both
internal development and acquisition of complimentary advanced technologies,
is one of the leading suppliers of networking products to provide a seamless
infrastructure linking geographically dispersed networks and to provide
integrated solutions for voice, data and video communications networks.
Osicom's products include high-performance network adapters, concentrators,
routers, hubs and switches, remote access products, print servers, frame relay
encryption devices, video switches and routers, and a family of products to
build broadcast systems over copper, fiber optic, or wireless transmission
Additional information about Osicom's products and services, financial
data, and other information can be found at the company's web site on the
Internet at http://www.osicom.com. 
Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters
discussed in this news release are forward looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties.  The forward looking statements in this release are
made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially due to a
variety of factors, including without limitation the company's ability to
develop, produce, and market products that incorporate new technology on a
timely basis, that are priced competitively and achieve significant market
acceptance; higher expenses associated with the development and marketing of
new products; changes in product mix; risks of dependence on third party
component suppliers; inventory risks due to shifts in market demand; the
presence of competitors with broader product lines and greater financial
resources; intellectual property rights and litigation; needs for liquidity;
and the other risks detailed from time to time in the company's reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE  Osicom Technologies, Inc. 
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/CONTACT:  Product Information: Bob Christian, 510-445-3900 of Osicom, or
Investor Relations: 800-400-5565/ 
CO:  Osicom Technologies, Inc.; Merisel, Inc.
ST:  California
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