Nomadix Founder Invented the Internet 50 Years Ago This Week

50 years ago, Nomadix founder and distinguished UCLA professor, Leonard Kleinrock,
sent the first transmission over what is today known as the Internet.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – October 31, 2019 – Nomadix Inc., an innovator in the world of bandwidth management and public access gateways, celebrates the creation of the internet 50 years ago by one of their very own founders, Leonard Kleinrock. Dr. Kleinrock and graduate student Joel Short together founded Nomadix in 1998. However, almost 30 years earlier, on October 29, 1969, Professor Leonard Kleinrock and student programmer Charley Kline invented the Internet.

While studying for his doctorate at MIT in the early 1960s, Kleinrock realized the need for disparate computers to communicate, and he created a mathematical theory of networks that would allow just that. Several years later, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), based on his network theory, was funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense. UCLA became the first “node” on the ARPANET, and in October of 1969, Kleinrock and Kline attempted to connect to the second “node,” a computer at the Stanford Research Institute. “LO” was the initial transmission that was sent over what would come to be known as the internet.

The network crashed before they could finish typing “Login.” The original Nomadix gateway, produced in 1999, allowed guest computers to connect to the Internet without needing extra equipment or software on the computer. Now in 2019, Nomadix gateways facilitate more than 5 million connections daily in hotels worldwide and have earned a global reputation for unparalleled reliability and ease of management. Today, the Nomadix name is synonymous with seamless wired and wireless connectivity solutions—solutions that would not be possible without the humble beginnings of the internet a mere 50 years ago.

“We are pleased to celebrate this unique landmark in the rich history of our company,” said Ted Helvey, CEO of Nomadix. “Dr. Kleinrock’s achievements 50 years ago made everything we do a possibility, and his continued efforts and contributions in connectivity deserve recognition.”

Just as Kleinrock continues to advance the world of connectivity, Nomadix has spent the last twenty years improving high-speed internet access and bandwidth management technologies for the hospitality and MDU markets. With a focus on pioneering solutions that offer greater reliability, more features and the ability to easily integrate with existing technology, Nomadix continues to develop products that augment the wired and wireless connectivity space. These products offer effective allocation of bandwidth, allow for optimal management and monetization of network access, and provide a world class internet experience for both providers and guests.

Current offerings include the EG 6000, a high-performance internet Edge Gateway that enables the creation of high-speed internet access (HSIA) and visitor-based networks (VBN) for mid-to-large MDUs and hotels, and the AG 2500, Nomadix’s mid-range bandwidth management gateway that is ideal for small-to medium-sized venues. To learn more, please visit

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Nomadix offers gateways for seamless wired and wireless connectivity solutions across public access networks and enterprises. Nomadix gateways have earned a global reputation for unparalleled reliability and ease of management.

As one customer put it, “They just work.” Powered by patented technology, Nomadix throughput enhancement technologies make available bandwidth stretch further, slowing the pace of investment in bandwidth upgrades and enabling revenue generation and customization in a number of business models. With Nomadix, public access network providers are able to deploy cost-effective, secure and easy-to-use network services.

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