Monday, April 6, 2009

Tropos Introduces 802.11n Compatible Outdoor Wireless Mesh Routers

Tropos Networks has released a new line of outdoor wireless routers that support 802.11n and are fully interoperable with Tropos' existing line of fixed and mobile mesh routers, which are deployed by utilities and municipalities. Each of the new line of routers can be deployed as a gateway or a node.

The new products include:

  • Tropos 7320 Outdoor Mesh Router -- a dual radio (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) router with flexible configuration options. Its modular form factor can accommodate different types of antennas depending upon desired coverage area, and its flexible power input simplifies site design and power source planning. Two integrated Ethernet ports can supply Power over Ethernet (PoE), eliminating the need for separate power connections and simplifying the deployment of utility metering collectors, video cameras, and capacity injection devices. An optional integrated battery backup module provides even greater system resiliency.

  • Tropos 6320 Outdoor Mesh Router - a fixed configuration dual radio (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) router that supports mesh and client connectivity on both bands for superior performance, resiliency and capacity. Its light weight and compact design allows it to be mounted almost anywhere, simplifying deployment.

  • Tropos 6310 Outdoor Mesh Router -- a fixed configuration single radio (2.4 GHz) router that provides an economic solution for networks with lighter traffic loads or for fill-in connectivity in larger scale networks. Similar to the Tropos 6320, it is light weight and has a compact design, simplifying deployment and enabling mounting almost anywhere.

Tropos noted that is 802.11n compatible routers have been operational in customers' production networks for more than six months. Below is a summary of actual field test results of the new routers in a live customer network with low-power mobile clients and smart phones:

  • Latency reduction of up to 50 percent within the mesh, and dramatic increases in throughput

  • An increase of over 20% in coverage area, and higher data rates within the coverage footprint

  • Two to three times gains in uplink performance as a result of greater signal strength -- applicable to both 802.11n and legacy 802.11b/g clients

Tropos is announcing list prices have been reduced up to 29 percent on select models of its legacy outdoor wireless broadband routers which provide support for 802.11a/b/g. The price changes are effective immediately; customers should contact their Tropos reseller for details.

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