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September 30, 2008

ArrowSpan Adds to its Wireless Mesh Portfolio

By Niladri Sekhar Nath, TMCnet Contributing Editor

ArrowSpan (News - Alert), a global provider of switching wireless mesh solutions, is set to introduce the MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz, the latest addition to its wireless mesh portfolio. The solution comes with unlimited hop counts and no performance degradation.

The MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz edition is designed to provide switching wireless Wi-Fi access for outdoor communities, such as camp sites, RV parks, city parks and campuses, where heavy foliage may interfere with wireless coverage.
The MeshAP 3800-A9 is a triple RFs switching wireless mesh access point that leverages dual 900MHz radios for backhaul connection, a dedicated 802.11b/g radio for client connection, and a specialized radio that surveys the environment constantly to maintain the optimum path for each node.
A very compact all-metal enclosure (23.4cm x 17cm x 6.3cm) with 1 foot long 900MHz 5 dBi antenna utilizing the 900 MHz band with average EIRP power of above 1W, which supports node-to-node distance of up to 1km in open space, makes it an ideal wireless solution for outdoor heavy foliage communities.
“With this breakthrough switching wireless design, ArrowSpan can penetrate surrounding foliage and extend the distance coverage with 3Mbps to 6Mbps throughput and unlimited hop counts because of no performance degradation,” said Max Lu, president and CEO of ArrowSpan. “Our MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz edition gives service providers the ability to rapidly deploy dependable wireless networks in parks, campgrounds and campuses.”
The MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz edition supports high-bandwidth, low-latency broadband applications, and uses layer 2 switching wireless mesh routing to ensure excellent network performance. ArrowSpan’s multiple radios, full-duplex design for backhaul traffic eliminates adjacent signal interference and prevents network performance degradation.
As the MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz edition is designed for outdoor deployments, it is surrounded by a weatherproof enclosure that can withstand wind, rain, and extreme temperatures of -40°F to 131°F (-40°C to 55°C). The MeshAP 3800-A9 900MHz edition also supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 to provide maximum security for the backhaul connection and to protect the entire mesh network from hackers.
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Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Niladri’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart


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