Extreme Networks Ships WLAN Access Points With 802.11n

Extreme Networks, Inc. today announced the shipment of its Altitude 450/451 802.11n type Wireless LAN Access Points (APs). These new APs can be installed both easily and practically using a single Ethernet cable and PoE switch port supporting 802.3af PoE standards, thus providing significant enhancements that remove the hassle of power injectors or separate cable plant.

Raritan Valley Community College has tested Extreme Networks 802.11n wireless LAN solution in advance of deploying 802.11n for the coming school year. The campus expects that it would benefit from the increased throughput and range with Extreme Networks’ Altitude Access Points as more students and staff are depending on fast wireless connectivity in addition to emergency services at the campus that are currently being evaluated.

“For emergency management purposes, 802.11n wireless LAN technology can make a lot of sense,” said Joe Kleiner, network manager for Raritan Valley Community Colleges. “We have recently assessed our emergency management needs and found that if a mobile command center was set-up, that 802.11n wireless technology would be ideal due to its longer range and consistent performance.”

Extreme Networks’ Altitude 450/451 (11n) APs are high performance access points that enhance wireless LAN performance supporting data and convergence. They provide up to 300 Mbps over- the-air, and 160 Mbps (TCP payload) throughput per radio. This is a part of Extreme Networks comprehensive wireless LAN portfolio featuring the Summit WM wireless system that offers a distributed wireless LAN architecture with intelligent traffic management to optimize the performance of the existing wired network, even with an increase of 5 times the wireless traffic. This solution provides a scalable, enterprise-grade Wireless LAN solution with services for high speed multimedia applications and support for real-time voice without the need to forklift upgrade the WLAN controller or the core network.

Recent tests have demonstrated that maximum power sourced from the port to be 12.2W with maximum bandwidth throughput of over 280 Mbps (TCP streams) from Extreme Altitude 450/451Access Point. These tests were performed by Craig Mathias, founder and principal of the wireless communications and mobile computing advisory firm Farpoint Group.

“The results of testing Extreme Networks Summit WM and Altitude 450/451 Access Points were impressive,” said Mathias. “Extreme can today deliver full 802.11n performance using a single Ethernet cable and 802.3af power. This gives customers the benefits of simplified design and installation, as well as lower costs, while benefiting from the fundamental improvements in 802.11n technology.”

“Customers demand the performance and ease of 802.11n technology without the added complexity of wiring separately for increased power requirements,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, vice president and general manager for the Emerging Products Group at Extreme Networks. “Extreme Networks is delivering a powerful solution that can be tailored for businesses of all sizes while scaling enormously for bandwidth hungry applications and mobility services.”