Proxim Unveils Mesh Nodes With Wireless Backhaul

Proxim Wireless is now offering WiFi mesh base nodes with wireless backhaul in licensed or unlicensed spectrum. MeshMAX is a system that integrates AP4000MR, the company’s outdoor mesh nodes, with broadband wireless radios for backhaul, which can be either 802.16d fixed WiMAX in the 3.5GHz range or Proxim’s “pre-WiMax” MP11 base station in unlicensed spectrum of 2.4GHz or 5.1GHz-5.8GHz. MeshMAX relies on thin BSTs, which can be installed in streetlights or existing cell towers and operated centrally from a network management system. Proxim CEO Robert Fitzgerald said the solution allows carriers with 3.5GHz spectrum to “do 16d with a 16e-like (mobile WiMAX) experience,” and, with the existence of about 300 million devices today, removes the need to issue special 16e data cards for machines such as laptops.
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