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Trapeze Unveils Outdoor WLAN Access Point

Trapeze Networks on Monday joined the growing trend towards outdoor WLAN deployments by unveiling a weatherproof dual radio WLAN access point.

The MP-620 comes with a ruggedized casing and internal heating mechanism, which makes it suitable for deployment in cold weather areas. With two built-in radios and Power Over Ethernet, the MP-620 can connect networks between buildings and provide a cost effective alternative to fiber connectivity, said Bruce Van Nice, vice president of worldwide marketing at Pleasanton, Calif.-based Trapeze.

"Having multiple radios allows you to provide access and backhaul from the same access point, and having redundant links with greater bandwidth and resiliency is a key selling point," said Van Nice. The MP-620 can also be configured with a variety of different Trapeze-designed antennas.

Andrew Segal, president of Vandis, a Trapeze partner in Albertson, N.Y., says the MP-620 fills a key gap in Trapeze's product line. "Customers are definitely interested in deploying solutions with devices designed for outdoor use."

Trapeze has also upgraded its RingMaster WLAN management software to enable a single server to support up to 500 switches and 30,000 clients. The software includes an RF planning feature for deploying WLANs that can support voice traffic and a wizard-based tool for configuring WLAN security, according to Van Nice.

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