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802.11n WLAN solutions offer reliability, affordability

Posted: 26 Jul 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless LAN  networking  controller  access points 

Trapeze Networks unveils three new product platforms in its 802.11n wireless network solution family: the Mobility Exchange (MX) 800R, a scalable wireless networking controller , and the Mobility Point (MP) 522 and 522E, 802.11n indoor and outdoor wireless access points (APs).

Building on a scalable hardware-based WLAN packet processing architecture, the MX-800R wireless networking controller is designed for mainstream 802.11n applications. It offers Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP) with enabled Switching Silicon and hardware-accelerated CAPWAP processing and forwarding. Other features include line-rate centralized switching with three-stream ready for up to 128 dual-radio 802.11n APs with 8Gbit/s of line-rate wireless switching. It also offers the capability of handling traffic from 2-stream and 3-stream APs ensuring scalable, long-term deployments; and high availability featuring dual power, hitless-failover, link aggregation, controller virtualisation and clustering, and self optimising/self healing.

As for the high-speed 2x2 MIMO APs, the MP-522 has tamper-proof internal antennas for high-density indoor applications and supports granular control of transmit power to suit deployment needs.

The Plenum-rated MP-522E has external antenna ports for hybrid indoor/outdoor uses, leverages existing 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), and is ideal for outdoor applications with a climate controlled enclosure and flexible options including a solar panel with PoE. Both the MP-522 and 522E are "Green APs" with concurrent dual-radio operation at highest rates within 802.3af PoE power budget and under 9W idle power consumption.

Market analyst Gartner Dataquest forecasts that 802.11n will account for almost 97 per cent of the wireless products shipments by 2014, up from 35 per cent in 2009.

"Many Trapeze Networks customers, especially in markets such as health care and education, have accelerated their adoption of 802.11n driven by new applications and a foundation of reliable architecture," said Dhrupad Trivedi, president, Trapeze Networks. "Trapeze's new product platforms will further support this market transition for our customers and provide an exciting product and solution roadmap. The introduction of these new products breaks the pricing barrier, driving the cost of 802.11n solutions closer to high-end 802.11 a/b/g offerings".

The new solutions become generally available beginning in August 2010 to authorised Trapeze Networks channel partners, VARs and customers globally.

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