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Family of 802.11n devices offers affordability

Posted: 22 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:wireless LAN? networking? controller? access points?

Trapeze Networks debuts three new product platforms in its 802.11n solution family: a scalable wireless networking controller and two 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 the following features: 1) Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP)!enabled Switching Silicon!hardware-accelerated CAPWAP processing and forwarding, 2) Line-rate Centralized Switching!three-stream ready for up to 128 dual-radio 802.11n APs with 8Gbit/s of line-rate wireless switching, 3) Scalability!capable of handling traffic from 2-stream and 3-stream APs ensuring scalable, long-term deployments, and 4) high availability!dual power, hitless-failover, link aggregation, controller virtualization and clustering, and self optimizing/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 percent of the wireless products shipments by 2014, up from 35 percent 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 authorized Trapeze Networks channel partners, VARs and customers globally.

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