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Aruba Sets Its Sights on the Industrial Park

SpectraLink's VIEW (Voice Interoperability for Enterprise Wireless) certification ensures that a specific WLAN infrastructure (in this case Aruba) will work with its handsets. The certification also includes recommended best practices and configuration settings for QoS, roaming and security when setting up the WLAN for maximum handset performance. Both Cisco's LWAPP-based and autonomous access points have also been VIEW-certified with SpectraLink's 8000 series handsets. For a more industry-wide solution, the WiFi Alliance is working on a Voice-over-WiFi certification that will include fast roaming (based on 802.11r), call-admission control, WMM QoS and WMM Power Save to extend battery life.
Jameson Blandford
NWC contributing editor

Aruba Networks is moving beyond the corporate office into the industrial park. The wireless LAN vendor revealed this week that its Mobile Edge WLAN devices are now certified to work with Polycom's SpectraLink NetLink 8000 series durable phones.

The long-battery-life handsets, which are dust-, shock- and water-resistant, are designed to be used in environments like warehouse and manufacturing facilities. Polycom said Aruba's gear meets its customer requirements for toll-quality voice, drop-free roaming, high availability and tight security even under often harsh physical conditions. The SpectraLink 802.11a/b/g phones also include a push-to-talk feature used by teams to communicate with multiple workers simultaneously.

Aruba's network software revision 2.5.4, shipping now, works with the Polycom handsets. Polycom acquired the handsets, also available now, as part of the its SpectraLink acquisition, which closed in March.

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