Extricom Introduces the Purpose-Built 802.11n Wireless LAN System



    The Industry's First Quad-Radio 802.11n Access Point, Operating at Full
    Strength With Standard Power-Over-Ethernet, Highlights Series of
    Technology Innovations

    NEW YORK and TEL AVIV, March 25 /CNW/ - Extricom, a leading provider of
high-performance enterprise-class wireless solutions for converged voice
(VoWLAN), data, video, and location-based services, today announced its new
suite of 802.11n draft 2.0 compliant products. Extricom's fourth-generation
solution is the only system to enable disruption-free introduction of
full-performance 802.11n in the enterprise, for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi
bands, at the lowest cost-per-port.
    It has become clear that, in order to achieve the promise of greater
bandwidth, all solutions announced to date impose three disruptive and
expensive conditions on any 802.11n implementation: limit 'N' devices to the
5GHz band, leave the 2.4GHz band only for legacy devices, and install costly
non-standard power-over-Ethernet (PoE) schemes to meet the increased energy
demands of 802.11n access points (APs). In stark contrast to this, the
Extricom WLAN System, based on the unique Channel Blanket(TM) architecture,
avoids the technical and deployment obstacles presented by all other vendor
solutions.
    "The 802.11n standard promises to play a pivotal role in finally making
the all-wireless enterprise a reality," commented Stan Schatt, vice president
and director, Wireless Connectivity at ABI Research. "And to future-proof
their business case, organizations must ensure that they select an
architecture that can support both 802.11n as well as installed 802.11g with a
premium placed on flexibility as well as ease of deployment. At the same time,
an all-wireless enterprise will require a robust network with strong quality
of service and roaming functionality. Without the ability to support all
enterprise applications and full mobility, the gains in bandwidth from 802.11n
will only be incremental rather than a quantum leap."
    Unlike any other vendor in the market, the Extricom WLAN system combines
multi-radio APs to create parallel, simultaneous wireless networks from the
same set of APs. These overlapping networks can operate on any combination of
channels, modes, and frequency bands, and therefore give IT the ability to
allocate each WLAN to specific user groups, applications, or device types.

    
    The result is an infrastructure that enables the organization to:

    -  Gradually introduce 'n' devices into the existing environment, and do
       so at whatever pace is convenient for the business, without
       experiencing any conflicts with legacy devices. No "forklift" cutover
       of users is required.

    -  Choose to deploy 'n' with 40MHz channel bonding in both 2.4GHz and
       5GHz, and achieve the promised 300Mbps data rates even when legacy
       'g' or 'a' devices are present.

    -  Enhance the existing wireless network with the benefits of 802.11n,
       without having to rework the number, location, and cabling for APs. In
       other words, deploy without redesign of the wireless layout.

    -  Continue with conventional 802.3af power-over-Ethernet. The unique
       UltraThin(TM) design doesn't require a power-hungry processor, which
       means that standard PoE will drive even a four-radio Extricom Access
       Point at full-rate and full-coverage.

    -  Eliminate the complexities of cell-planning. This not only makes
       deployment and maintenance dramatically simpler than any other
       solution, but also delivers the promised range benefits of MIMO,
       without the side-effects of unpredictable MIMO coverage.
    

    "The 802.11n standard undoubtedly introduces some important benefits,"
commented Mike King, research director at Gartner. "But the solutions seen
to-date must contend with drawbacks of frequency planning, power, and mixing
of new and legacy devices, all of which drive implementation costs higher."
    "The implementation of 802.11n should be about evolution, not revolution.
Evolution means that 802.11n technology supplements and enhances your existing
network infrastructure, rather than forcing you to change it entirely,"
observed Gideon Rottem, CEO of Extricom. "Gartner has previously noted that
fourth-generation WLANs will be most effective in enabling the various modes
of 802.11n(1) and we believe Extricom is absolutely proving this out. Our
unique architecture not only unlocks the promise of 802.11n, but it provides
the total set of business and technical traits to make the converged wireless
enterprise a reality. In the end, the Extricom solution provides the highest
performance at the lowest cost-per-port possible."
    The Extricom 802.11n product suite is the broadest in the industry,
encompassing new APs, new and updated WLAN switches, and a new external
antenna bar.

    
    -   EXRP-40En Four-Radio UltraThin Access Point: The industry's only
        quad-radio 802.11n AP, incorporating two n/a/b/g radios and two a/b/g
        radios, which can be operated in any combination of channels and
        bands. All 'n' equipped radios incorporate 3x3 MIMO (multiple-in,
        multiple-out) antenna configuration.

    -   EXRP-30n Three-Radio UltraThin Access Point: A tri-radio 802.11n AP
        with integrated antennas, for easy deployment of 'n' on a large
        scale. The EXRP-30n is equipped with two n/g/b/a radios and one g/b/a
        radio, which can be operated in any combination of channels and
        bands. All 'n' equipped radios incorporate 3x3 MIMO antenna
        configuration.

    -   EXSW-1200 and EXSW-2400 Wireless LAN Switches: Investment in existing
        switches is fully protected, as they will require only a firmware
        update to support the new 802.11n APs.

    -   EXSW-1600 Wireless LAN Switch: The newest member of the Extricom WLAN
        switch family, the EXSW-1600 provides additional flexibility in
        tailoring the Extricom WLAN to the organization's scale and
        requirements.

    -   EXAN-10 Antenna Bar: MIMO multiplies the number of antennas for each
        Wi-Fi radio, which leads to an unsightly and inconvenient number of
        external antennas being connected to each AP. By integrating up to
        twelve antennas into one assembly, the innovative EXAN Antenna Bar
        provides the convenience of connecting numerous antennas to the AP,
        simply by connecting a single cable to the bar that in turn mounts to
        the wall.
    

    For more information on Extricom's 802.11n suite of products, visit
http://www.extricom.com/80211n

    About Extricom

    Extricom is a leading provider of high-performance enterprise-class
wireless LAN infrastructure solutions for converged voice (VoWLAN), data,
video and location-based services. Its innovative Interference-Free(TM)
architecture, based on Channel Blanket(TM) technology, enables dramatically
easier WLAN deployment and lower total cost of ownership, while achieving a
generational leap in capacity, coverage, seamless mobility and security
performance for Wi-Fi. The result is a large-scale, 802.11 standards-based
WLAN infrastructure with the dependability of a wired network. Founded in
2002, Extricom is privately held, with strategic investors that include
Motorola.

    
    (1) "Key Challenges Arise for 802.11n Deployments," Gartner, 25 July
        2007, by Ken Dulaney.
    

    For General Inquiries: http://www.extricom.com





For further information:

For further information: Media: Erin Talbot, Abelson Group, (212)
289-1218, erin.talbot@abelsongroup.com; Analysts: Mike Doheny, (708) 557-5007,
mike.doheny@extricom.com; EMEA Media, Analysts: Charlotte Sandy, Cohesive
Communications, +44-1291-626200, charlottes@cohesive.uk.com

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