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Extreme Upgrades Wi-Fi, Wireline Management

Extreme Networks Inc. is ready to match features with the likes of Trapeze Networks in providing a management tool for combined wireline and 802.11 Wi-Fi networks.

Release 1.2 of Unified Access adds an RF planning software suite, manufactured by an unidentified vendor, which Extreme calls the RF Manager.

Extreme also is enhancing its access-point family with power-over-Ethernet (POE) features. It has also developed a special module for the Alpine departmental chassis-based switch, so that users can add POE to eight ports at a time, scaling from self-powered ports within the switch to full ports powered by an external power supply.

Varun Nagaraj, Extreme's vice president of product management, called the launch of UA 1.2 "an extension in both breadth and depth." The addition of a detachable antenna option to the Altitude family of access points, in conjunction with the RF Manager software tool, means that corporate networks combining wireless LANs and wireline Ethernet can scale to more complex mixes of network, Extreme said.

The new antenna option for 802.11 networks is a full-diversity antenna with 6 dBi of gain, compatible with 802.11a/b/g networks.

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