High-Speed Wireless Networking Available for Campuses

Lucent Technologies’ Wave-ACCESS high-speed (11Mbit/s), point-to-point and point-to-multipoint outdoor wireless networking system is a reliable and economical alternative to leasing phone lines or running cables between buildings. Operating in the unlicensed 2.4GHz band, it provides a range of up to 10 miles, as well as various levels of security encryption (64-bit WEP and 128 bit RC4).

Ideal for school campuses, WaveACCESS provides both IP routing and bandwidth management that enables network managers to fully control their wireless networks, and to easily add wireless technology to their campus-wide network infrastructure. By using IP routing, multiple local area networks in different buildings can be connected, using differing IP-subnets. Bandwidth management enables the network manager to allocate bandwidth to certain networks, ensuring that the appropriate bandwidth is provided as needed to the various buildings in a campus or facility.

The point-to-point WaveACCESS system consists of a Central Office Router that can connect up to 16 Remote Office Routers and associated networks, or 32 PC Card radios per channel, each running the Internet Client software. By installing WaveACCESS Internet Client software on the radio card, ISPs can provide wireless Internet access to their education customers’ Windows 95, 98, Windows 2000 or NT desktop or laptop computers. The Remote Office Routers are used to establish a high-speed, wireless link between two buildings and their interior networks. Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, (800) WAVELAN, www.wavelan.com/products.

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/2000 issue of THE Journal.