About StarNet Communications

StarNet Communications Corporation was founded in 1989 and incorporated in 1990 by engineers working part-time out of their home. Our corporate mission was to create and market powerful, yet affordable PC-X server products for corporate, education and government markets.

The first X Server product, MicroX, was launched in 1991. It enabled users of 286 and 386-based Intel systems to access the X Window System from their personal computers. Being self-financed, we lacked the resources for traditional sales and marketing operations. So the founders decided to utilize the Internet for delivering the product and providing tech support for its customers. Quite possibly, StarNet was the first company to base its entire business model on the Internet, because in 1991, the Internet was mostly used by universities and government agencies. As a result, and aided by its low cost, simplicity and focus on the X server functionality, X-Win32 quickly became popular in these sectors.

In the late 1990s, we actively sought to broaden our share of the corporate sector, which was then dominated by half a dozen solutions costing two to four times as much, and typically offering a suite of solutions, most of them non-X server related (FTP, NFS, terminal emulation, etc.). As the enterprise market shifted towards more focused solutions, many firms found X-Win32 nicely fit their needs and budgets. Today, X-Win32 remains as one of three leading commercial PC X server solutions along with Hummingbird Exceed and Attachmate’s Reflection X.

Aiding our continued success in expanding market share were four critical strategic advantages:

Adding value, rather than cost

Despite bringing many powerful innovations to market, StarNet has kept the cost of its products low, offering further discounts depending on volume.


As competitors died, merged or otherwise couldn’t keep up with the changing market, StarNet has grown its market share by bringing a steady stream of innovations to the market, starting in 2000 with integrating SSH and most recently with the addition of LIVE Sessions and Suspend/resume capability.

Ease of use

Despite its continuous evolution and addition of productivity-enhancing features, X-Win32 remains extremely simple to operate. Even the most Windows-centric user can easily bring up a remote Unix or Linux desktop and start working with applications on those hosts.

Great Support

Our free support services have always served as a great competitive advantage. Our support team provides high-quality tech and engineering support at no cost by phone, email or via our self-service online Knowledge Database.

StarNet Communications provides world class, affordable emulator solutions for connecting to remote Linux and remote Unix desktops and applications. X-Win32 was rated the industry’s best PC X server and offers the most innovative features. It is also the fastest X11 emulator on 32 and 64-bit Windows PCs when connecting on a LAN. FastX is a next-generation X Windows solution that offers persistent connections so you can disconnect and reconnect to your remote Linux desktop. FastX offers high speed performance, especially over VPN and other Internet connections. FastX Pro adds load balancing and cluster support to FastX. StarNet’s innovative X emulator products offer the most secure connections and simplest user interface of any PC X Server. If you are looking for persistent, high-speed, secure connection capabilities, download a free 30-day demo today.

StarNet Communications, Sunnyvale, California USA