Continuing the expansion of its wireless infrastructure solutions, Firetide is launching a new MIMO-based outdoor wireless Ethernet bridge, which will ship in Q3 of 2010. Firetide’s radio technology expertise used in large-scale wireless mesh networks for video, data and voice applications in harsh environments ensures that its bridges are optimized to provide optimal performance, achieving up to 150 Mbps of user throughput (standard 802.11n radio data rate of 300 Mbps).
Why a MIMO bridge?
First off, obviously, the availability of 802.11n MIMO radios has dramatically increased performance. Point-to-point market, while not growing rapidly, is large, if you add in wireless ISPs. Our current channel of networking and security integrators also has been asking for point-to-point products for a while. A new market of wireless offload drives Wi-Fi hotspot interconnect needs for service providers.
Growing portfolio of point-to-point products
The single-radio MIMO bridge fits nicely between the MIMO mesh bridge (using Firetide MIMO mesh nodes) and the non-MIMO bridge that we announced in March of this year. Firetide now has an entire portfolio of point-to-point wireless Ethernet bridges, offering a range of throughput options and price points (throughput numbers are actual UDP user throughput, not theoretical data rate):
- Dual-radio MIMO mesh bridge – up 300 Mbps (Firetide HotPort 7000 bonded)
- Single-radio MIMO bridge – up 150 Mbps (FWB-200 series)
- Single radio bridge – up 35 Mbps (FWB-100 series)
Firetide would not be Firetide without some unique twists on the MIMO bridge concept. First off, any Firetide’s point-to-point products can be managed alongside Firetide’s mesh nodes and access points through a single network management interface. This provides ease of management (no separate interfaces to check), but most importantly you get system-wide alerts and performance statistics.
Secondly, even though the bridge is single-radio (in terms of data communications), the hardware ships with two radios inside the enclosure. The second radio can be used for scanning and automatic channel assignment, and – in case of the (unlikely) event that the first radio fails, – the second radio will take over. This increases reliability and may save you a truck roll.
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