As the wireless world takes to WiMax, and with growing demands of mobile connectivity and network scalability, there is a need for wireless broadband solutions to provide the best wireless distribution and access technologies.
Frost & Sullivan points users to developments at Proxim Wireless, a company that specialises in developing and supplying scalable broadband wireless networking systems. Proxim Wireless has launched a new multiradio product line called MeshMax that incorporates WiMax, WiFi Mesh, and Wi-Fi access.
By integrating these three major technologies, the company has taken the concept of convergence to the underlying technologies of broadband wireless networking. MeshMax is, thus, the convergence of WiMax, WiFi and WiFi Mesh technologies.
This tri-radio, outdoor device offers WiFi connectivity for access, WiFi mesh gateway for network redundancy, and a high capacity, carrier-class WiMax link for backhaul. By means of this product, the user can connect to the WiMaxbase station for backhauling through the WiMax subscriber unit; can use the mesh gateway, which provides 5 GHz mesh backhaul by connecting to other mesh devices in the network and can avail the WiFi Access Point functionality.
The MeshMax supports the 3.3GHz to 3.6GHz in the licensed bands and the 5.1GHz to 5.8GHz in the unlicensed bands for WiMaxand the 2.4GHz and 5.1GHz to 5.8GHz bands for WiFi Mesh.
Some noteworthy advantages of each of these technologies are that in addition to providing last mile access, WiMax also offers point to multipoint backhauling with quality of service (QoS) and bandwidth control; the Mesh can be extremely useful for interconnecting dense areas at the edge of a network and WiFi access allows for the use of standards-compliant, off-the-shelf clients. By combining all these advantages, it would be possible to cater to a myriad of applications.
The MeshMax can find use in wireless solutions for bandwidth intensive and high-definition IP-surveillance cameras located at important and vulnerable locations such as airports, bridges, and trains. It could also be used in secure and reliable backhaul of WiFi Mesh traffic.
Since, it does not require Ethernet cables, it can help in lowering infrastructure costs. It can be very useful in applications such as on-demand entertainment and broadband access solutions for public transportation. The MeshMax can be used by network operators to provide a combination of IPTV, VoIP and internet access to subscribers through broadband wireless connection.
Another noteworthy thing about MeshMax is that it leverages Proxim’s Tsunami MP.16, which is WiMax Forum Certified, and ORiNOCO mesh products, which are WiFi certified. MeshMax is compatible with all of Proxim’s existing products and primarily targets carriers and municipalities.
The MeshMAX Series consists of two versions. MeshMAX Model 3500WM includes one radio for WiMax backhaul, one radio for WiFi Mesh and one radio for 802.11b/g Wi-Fi access. Expanding the Wi-Fi coverage, Model 3500W will use one radio for WiMax backhaul and two radios for tri-mode WiFi access, supporting 802.11a and 802.11b/g clients.
Proxim is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Innovation in the field of Scalable Wireless Broadband Systems in 2006.