Today we announced immediate availability of a new series of outdoor wireless Ethernet bridges. FWB-100 links achieve up to 35 Mbps UDP/25 Mbps TCP of throughput in 2 mile links, with US list prices of under $1,000 for 2.4 GHz band and under $1,500 for 4.9/5 GHz bands. (The throughput numbers are actual Ethernet payload, not modulation rates).
The first shipment is already in the hands of some resellers. Here’s what Hector Sanchez of Bonneville Construction in Puerto Rico had to say:
“We had an opening for several point-to-point wireless Ethernet links on an important project and decided on the Firetide bridges because of the high performance and reliability that we’ve seen with Firetide’s other products. The price is also a selling point.”
Bonneville Construction’s prior experiences with Firetide have been with mesh for video surveillance. See our announcement on a deployment by Bonneville Construction in 2008: Police, Court and Prison Systems See Cost Savings from Wireless Video Surveillance System.
So why have we designed a point-to-point product?
Although Firetide is best know for our wireless infrastructure mesh product line, we offer other wireless products to complement the mesh. We have a line of outdoor and indoor access points (both ‘fat’ and ‘thin’), as well as a WLAN controller, which we recently OEMed to NETGEAR (See our March 2010 announcement: Firetide Announces Strategic Alliance and OEM Agreement with NETGEAR).
Point-to-point links are a natural expansion of our wireless infrastructure portfolio, besides we don’t like losing business when the customer needs to connect a few outlying facilities, and do not have a requirement for mesh’s redundancy or our routing protocol.
As with our mesh products, FBW links are software configurable for 2.4, 5 and 4.9 GHz and 5 GHz. FWB-100s are available in two outdoor configurations:
- FWB-102 provides two FWB-100 nodes with built-in 2.4 GHz antennas
- FWB-105 includes two external antennas for 4.9 and 5 GHz.