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SMC’s new wireless access point for enterprises

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SMC Networks has announced the availability of its EliteConnect 802.11b/g Wireless Access Point SMC2552W-G2.

Designed specifically for enterprises requiring peak range, security and performance, the SMC2552W-G2 is available to the local market through SMC Networks South Africa and provides enterprise class wireless LAN connectivity for up to 64 users.
Ideal for organisations supporting a mobile workforce, the Wi-Fi certified access point offers a host of advanced features including Multiple SSIDs to allow the creation of virtual access points with one physical unit, Quality of Service (QoS) by using the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) standard for VoIP networks, SNMP v.3 management for integration into enterprise wired networks, and high output power to cover wider areas with fewer access points.
Coverage and range can be extended further with optional high gain antennas.
“We anticipate a surge in growth within the local wireless sector within the first quarter of 2008. This latest addition to the EliteConnect product range is designed with practicality and convenience in mind. It is ideal for the local environment and allows the user to improve upon reach of connectivity irrespective of logistic or other limitations,” explains Paul Luff, country manager, SMC Networks South Africa.
The SMC2552W-G2 offers support for Wireless Distribution System (WDS). This allows bridging and repeating between other SMC enterprise access points to extend wireless coverage, without the need to run Ethernet cables. Up to six WDS bridge or repeater links can be specified for each unit.
Set-up and management are simplified via an easy-to-use web interface, Command Line Interface (CLI), or SMC’s EliteView™ Management Software for SNMP-based management. Support for IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows for simplified installation in areas where power outlets aren’t available and reduces installation cost by using standard Cat. 5 cable to provide power and data to the access point.
To counter security concerns, which are a key consideration for enterprises, the access point provides enterprise level authentication and encryption including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/ WPA2), up to 152-bit WEP encryption, IEEE 802.1x authentication, 1024 MAC address authentication and disabled SSID broadcast.
“The new EliteConnect 802.11g Wireless Access Point satisfies the three key requirements for enterprise environments – security, range and flexibility. It also demonstrates SMC’s commitment to enterprise wireless,” says Olaf Olinger, SMC product manager.
Luff echoes this sentiment and anticipates the introduction of a number of solutions to the local market in opening quarter of 2008.