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Siklu’s ExtendMM solution delivers Gigabit throughput with weather-proof availability up to 3.5 miles


Winter is soon upon us.  Boston has had its first Noreaster of the season and Chicago has already been hit with gale-force winds. So how do deliver highly available Gigabit throughput for distances of 3.5 miles in this inclement weather?

Siklu has created an extended range solution that creates an always-on, all-weather, extended range connection by combining any Siklu EtherHaul-1200 millimeter wave radio (1ft. antenna) with any previously-deployed sub-6 GHz radio.

Siklu’s ExtendMM™ is an extended range solution for all our wireless service providers operating over longer distances. With a single click you turn the two radios into a single high-performance long-distance link that delivers the capacity you need over the distance you require. For inclement weather, when a significant rain event happens, the ExtendMM™ solution automatically switches the high priority traffic, without dropping sessions, from the primary EtherHaul path to the sub-6 GHz path. As the rain cell passes, the link immediately returns to Gigabit speed. No additional networking equipment is needed and you can ensure guaranteed bandwidth and uptime to your customers during these inclement winter months.

If you have one of the following sub 6 GHz radios installed, ExtendMM creates a seamless solution using your installed equipment.

  • Ubiquity
    • Bullet; NanoStation; NanoBridge
  • MikroTik
    • SXT 5HPnD; GrooveA 52HPn; Metal 5SHPn; QRT 5
  • TP Link
    • TL-WA7510N
  • Radwin
    • Radwin 2000
  • Cambium Networks
    • PTP series

To find out more on Siklu’s innovative products, go here.

Canopy PMP 430: Motorola Increases Cluster Capacity to 180 Mbps

The Motorola PMP 430 builds on the success of the original PMP 400 Canopy OFDM platform released last year. The PMP 430 uses the same OFDM radio as the 400 but allows for a total per access point aggregate throughput of 45Mbps instead of 21 Mbps. This jump in throughput is achieved by doubling the channel bandwidth from 10Mhz (PMP 400) to 20 Mhz. However for those who are not keen on using up all that airspace the PMP 430 is rather agile and allows the operator to drop back to a 10MHz channel where needed. Like it’s predecessors, the PMP 430 is deployed in clusters of four access points using 90 degree sector antennas and GPS Synchronization to mitigate self interference, allow for a organic growth of the broadband network and increase cluster capacity to 180 Mbps.

The PMP 430 also comes with a variety of subscriber module choices allowing operators to “pay as they grow”. This allows them to scale the platform to meet the specific needs of their project requirements and budgetary restrictions. The SMs come in the following throughput 10, 20, 40 Mbps. The 10 and 20 Mbps SMs can be upgraded to 40 Mbps in one or two steps by simply purchasing a new license pack (no need to replace hardware!).

The PMP 430 is ideal for high throughput video surveillance applications.

Canopy PMP 430 Access Point:

PMP 430 Subscriber Modules

Canopy PMP 430 Subscriber Bulk Packs

Canopy PMP 430 SM Upgrades

PMP 400/430 Accessories

Note: Keep in mind of course that when using the 10MHz channel the PMP 430 access point has a maximum aggregate throughput of 21 Mbps not 45.

Engenius EOC-2610 Low Cost High Power Outdoor Wifi Access Point & Client

The Engenius EOC-2610 is a great little device combining access point, client bridge, client router and WDS functionality in one low cost package.

Some highlights:

  • High 600mW Wireless Power
    • Ensures robust signal to overcome long distances
    • Offers superior WiFi coverage than leading brands
  • Signal Strength LED Indicator: Allows network installer for easy deployment
  • Dual Antenna Design
    • Embedded 10dBi panel antenna with external connector for optional omni antenna
    • Perfect for both Point-to-Point and Point-to-MultiPoint applications
  • Power-over-Ethernet (24V PoE) Capable
    • Less heat dissipation to ensure reliable performance
    • Capable of 300 feet PoE cable length
    • Power Injector Included
  • SuperG 108Mbps Support
    • Enables high transfer speed ideal for multimedia applications (with SuperG Client)

The Engenius EOC-2610 is perfect for small outdoor point to multi-point deployments and IP Video surveillance applications.

Motorola AP-7181: Outdoor Wireless Mesh to the Nth Power

Motorola is releasing their first every outdoor dual radio 802.11n mesh access point the AP-7181. With innovative antenna array design the AP-7181 will provide longer distances and better performance then standard mesh APs with simple “stick” or “dipole” antennas.

Features include:

  • Full Power Dual Radio 802.11n Access Point
    • Radio 1: 2.4 GHz 3×3:2 MIMO
    • Radio 2: 5.4-5.8 GHz 2×2:2 MIMO
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft 2.0)
    • 20 MHz and 40 MHz channels
    • 802.11s (WiFi Mesh) ready at launch
    • Meets All European DFS Standards
  • ADEPT Antenna System
  • System capacity of up to 300 Mbps
  • WPA-2 Client and Intra-mesh Security
  • Robust IP67 with NEMA 4x enclosure
  • Powers Local Devices (PoE 802.3af)
  • One Point Wireless Manager/Broadband Planner
  • Seamless indoor/outdoor networks with AP 7131

To get a sneak peak at the AP-7181 technology click here.

Wireless beamforming is soo cool…(from SecurityInfoWatch)

I have been saying this for a little over a year now but someone finally started testing the theory that wireless beamforming (if done correctly) is really cool. Tom’s Hardware has produced a great and seriously in depth article about beamforming and how it effects wireless propagation, speed and connectivity. It features Ruckus Wireless, Cisco and Aruba access points.

Traditionally omni directional onmi antennas were made of a simple material that when radiated at a certain frequency produced “signal amplification” which made your wireless signal travel farther. This worked really well but came with certain downfalls.

Wasted energy: Traditional omni-directional antennas “amplify” the wireless signal in a 360 degree horizontal pattern at all times even though most of the users may be concentrated in a smaller 90 degree quadrant. Wasted energy means less propagation.
Read the rest of the blog at my blog on www.securityinfowatch.com/The+Command+Line/

Motorola to Release 802.16e Fixed Wimax, PMP 320

The Motorola wireless broadband Point-to-Multipoint (PMP) 320 is a low-cost fixed licensed outdoor distribution and access solution that delivers fast, affordable connectivity in a variety of environments and applications.

Around the world, service providers and enterprises that hold licensed spectrum in the 3 GHz band are investigating deploying 802.16e WiMAX to provide reliable, cost-effective data, voice and video connectivity for business and residential customers. There is a significant investment required for equipment and installation of a full mobile WiMAX network, with many providers finding it difficult to build a business case for reaching subscribers in low-density locations at the edge of their networks or for building a new network in a low-density greenfield environment that only requires reliable fixed connectivity. The Motorola PMP 320 changes all that. The PMP 320 offers a fixed, outdoor solution that is easy to deploy and does not require the significant investment in core network equipment associated with mobile connectivity.

This is perfect for WISPs, Local Government entities who want to use a licensed spectrum for surveillance deployments and more.

Licensed Spectrum. The fixed outdoor PMP 320 solution is designed to allow service providers around the globe to combine the reliability of licensed bands and standards based equipment with an overall low total cost of ownership. The PMP 320 delivers low-cost, high-performance solutions for operators holding licenses in three different frequency ranges: 3.3-3.4 GHz, 3.4-3.6 GHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz. The PMP 320 supports standard WiMAX QoS profiles.

Standards Based. The PMP 320 is interoperable with WiMAX 802.16e CPEs, supports all of the WiMAX QoS profiles, and uses standard AAA/RADIUS servers for authentication.

Performance. With 2×2 MIMO, 10 MHz channels, and 802.16e coding/error correction the PMP 320 delivers high throughput with excellent coverage and link budgets.

To learn more about the Motorola PMP320 3.65Ghz fixed Wimax product have a look through these two documents.

The PMP 320 is set to be released Q1 of 2010!

Welcome Wi-Spy Wi-Fi Spectrum Analyzer

The Metageek Wi-Spy might be one of the most powerful tools in your wireless toolbox.  Imagine going on a site survey and having a clear vision of the RF terrain which surrounds you.  Leave the Wi-Spy on for a bit and have it record the changes in the “air” as the day goes by.  Then play back the recording and find out exactly why you have been having trouble with your wifi network at 4pm on Fridays (just an example)!

The Wi-Spy comes in 3 different flavors 0900x1v, 2400x2v & the 2450x1v.

The 0900x1v is a cost effective yet powerful 900Mhz spectrum analyzer perfect for WISPs deploying 900 Mhz BWA networks and SCADA professionals.

The 2400x2v works in the 2.4 Ghz unlicensed wi-fi space where the rising levels of interference are causing good wireless networks to fail.  The 2400x2v will allow you to pin-point the interfering sources and take action.

Lastly the 2450x1v offers the same power features of the other models but also allows you to monitor the 5Ghz band.  This is an extremely versatile spectrum analyzer that will allow you to accurately measure the noise floor when engineering point to point wireless bridge links (no more guessing), better plan wireless mesh and WISP BWA networks.

How To: Get the most out of Chanalyzer from trent on Vimeo.

Ruckus Wireless Gets Even Smarter with SMART Mesh – Wireless Mesh

Ruckus Wireless has released a full blown mesh technology for their ZoneFlex series of access points and controllers. Ruckus‘ “SMART Mesh” technology is controlled by the Zone director and with this new upgrade you can now manage all ZoneFlex APs whether wired in to the network or connected wireless via mesh. This is a HUGE improvement over the Ruckus Light Mesh Gateway which would simply act as a repeater and not acquire BSSID, security, user information, etc. The new SMART Mesh technology simplifies the installation of the ZoneFlex WLAN even further! Ruckus SMART Mesh is only available for clients with a Premium contract which will give you access to the new 6.0 firmware.

Here is some nice marketing info for you guys…

Ruckus Wireless SmartMesh is a unique, new approach to building high-performance wireless LANs (WLANs). It reduces cumbersome RF planning and costly cable backhaul by lowering the need to run Ethernet wiring to individual ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi access points.

SmartMesh dramatically simplifies, speeds and reduces the cost of WLAN deployment. With SmartMesh, enterprises now simply plug ZoneFlex access points into any convenient power source, and walk away. No extensive RF site surveys, cable runs, configuration, or optimization adjustments are required.

SmartMesh delivers three key ingredients that have previously hindered the use of indoor meshing:

  • high performance by combining 802.11n with Smart Wi-Fi technology
  • reliable connectivity between mesh nodes, using best path selection and interference avoidance techniques
  • ultra-simple deployment through the automation of AP and mesh provisioning

SmartMesh extends Ruckus-patented Smart Wi- Fi technology to create a new class of reliable and high-performance wireless LANs that are selforganizing, self-optimizing and self-healing. It is the first Wi-Fi meshing approach that combines high-gain smart antenna arrays, sophisticated RF routing and centralized management with a single WLAN system.

Learn more about Ruckus SMART Mesh here.

Weak Client Side Wireless – How to Fix It

It has been brought to my attention that I forgot to mention how to fix the problem of weak client side transmission, which I discussed back on August 18th. So I figured I would quickly fill in that void.

There are several ways to increase the range of your wireless client and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Now, while you read this entry please remember that, like a standard wireless access point or bridge, there are always two parts to a wireless client, the “radio” and the “antenna“. The radio is the device creating the RF signal and the antenna amplifies that signal.

So that being said I am sure you can guess that the first way to increase the range of yourwireless client is…Add an antenna!

1) Add an antenna to your client device. In mobile applications you would want anomnidirectional antenna (signal is radiated in a 360 degree pattern) and for fixed environment you would be better served by a directional panel antenna or grid antenna (signal is more focused in a certain direction). Of course you need to have a client device (PC card or laptop card) that has an external antenna connector built in. The major issue is that most (99%) of laptops have integrated wireless cards and antennas that can not be upgraded in which case you might better be served by number 2 below.

2) The next step is to add a wireless card into your laptop or desktop that has the necessary external antenna connector and then add a high gain external antenna to really boost the signal. This is a pretty easy way to increase wireless transmission and is great for laptops however not so great for desktops. If you want to use this method to increase your wireless signal on your desktop you will normally be required to run a good amount of coaxial cable from the PC up and out to the external antenna. This is definitely the method of choice for laptops but I find it a little cumbersome for desktop machines.
The one of the left is made by Ubiquiti Networks and goes in the PCMCIA card slot on the side of your laptop. The one on the right is a PCI card for your PC. You can remove the rubber duck antenna that comes with the card and install coax cable that runs to the antenna you installed on your roof.

3) The third option is great for fixed environments like homes, RVs, boats, etc. Purchase an external wireless client that sits on the roof of whatever structure you are in. This client can be an all in one device with both the radio and the antenna built in to one unit or you can purchase one with an external connector for higher gain antennas.
Here is how you would use them…

Option 1: Install the external wireless client on your roof, point it at your ISP, run an Ethernet cable from the client to the power over Ethernet injector and then plug it in directly to you PC.
Option 2: Install the wireless client just like in option one but instead of plugging directly into your PC plug it into a wireless router! This will allow you to rebroadcast the signal from outside wireless INSIDE your house, giving you the best of both worlds!

Hope this helps!

How to setup a Ruckus Wireless Zone Director for the first time