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Extreme, Foundry extend wireless LAN switch lineups

Posted: 22 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:foundry networks? extreme networks? wlan switch? ironpoint 200 ieee 802.11a/b/g? ironview network manager?

Foundry Networks Inc. and Extreme Networks have extended their WLAN switch lineups with an emphasis on simplified deployment, voice-over-IP support, security and lower cost products for remote offices.

Foundry said it is adding onto its three core elements, the IronPoint 200 IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards-based multimode, full-featured access points, the IronView Network Manager SNMP-based Network Management System and its Integrated wireless LAN FastIron Edge switches.

It is adding to its access points integrated RF monitoring, a feature that improves security by detecting and suppressing rogue access points and alerting users to denial-of-service attacks, among other features.

Through a firmware upgrade, current acces points can now be reconfigured as RF monitors, said Michael Hong of Foundry. According to Hong, current monitoring schemes use a shared scheme whereby an access point performs both monitoring and data transfers. However, this slows response time for monitoring, he said. Instead, dedicated access points are configured as RF monitors as the network demands. A good ratio for optimal coverage would be five regular access points for every one configured as a monitor.

For the FastIron Edge switches, the company has simplified discovery and configuration while accelerating Layer 3 mobility. The latter permits secure roaming seamlessly across switches, subnets and routers, and provides a low-latency mobility foundation for wireless VoIP deployments.

Other features include virtual access point capability, real-time intrusion detection and lockout and updates to the IronView Network Manager that build support for the new wireless features into Foundry's centralized switching and routing management system.

In the case of Extreme Networks, the company has developed a 24-port switch for remote offices that, according to Scott Lucas, Extreme's director of product marketing, is essentially a little brother to the company's larger 48-port device. Called the Summit 300-24, the switch delivers 15.4W on each port, which was not possible with the 48V version due to power supply limitations.

"That's typical of the industry," said Lucas. The switch also has two gigabit fiber or copper uplink ports and an optional redundant power supply.

For voice-over-wireless LAN, the company has also developed the Extreme Ware software stack that supports SpectraLink's Voice Priority protocol and the Inter-Access Point Protocol.

The Summit 300-24 costs $3,495 and the Extreme Ware upgrade is priced at $995. Both products are available immediately.

Foundry's IronPoint access points with RF monitoring are priced at $795. The IronView Network Manager, IronPoint Edition is $1,995 and the Integrated wireless LAN upgrade kit for the FastIron Edge Switch costs. $995. All are available now.

- Patrick Mannion

EE Times

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