Connecting Networks By Invisible Beams of Light

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UK enterprise customers can connect their Local Area Networks (LANs) with beams of light using LightPointes FlightLite 100 product, which is now available through the Reading-based wireless company, WAN Partnership. WAN Partnership offers UK enterprise customers the latest optical wireless products based on free-space optics (FSO) technology that transmit data, voice or video communications between buildings in a secure and cost-effective way unmatched by traditional cabling or radio-based products, including 802.11 solutions.

LightPointes FlightLite 100 bridges buildings up to 500 metres apart and provides 100 megabits of full-duplex bandwidth. Optical Wireless is simple to install and saves money. For customers who currently lease copper access between buildings from their local telecommunications service provider, FlightLite 100 offers significantly higher bandwidth and a welcome end to recurring monthly charges. The FlightLite 100 also provides significantly higher bandwidth than 802.11 wireless bridge products, including 802.11a and 802.11g products.

Installation of FlightLite 100 is quick and economical. The solution incorporates Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), so no standard electrical power is required.

Bob Preston, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, says: FlightLite 100 is ideal for building-to-building connectivity where IT managers need secure, high-capacity bandwidth from a wireless solution. By eliminating bottlenecks on the LAN backbone or between buildings, your traffic will flow smoothly, and network efficiency is maximized beyond what a traditional E1 or other 802.11 wireless bridges can offer.

Says Brian King, Marketing Manager, WAN Partnership: FlightLite 100 is a great entry-level product for companies that currently use leased-line connections between buildings from their local telco. It fits perfectly with the products that WAN Partnership offers, and we already have the first two customers using the product who are very happy with it.

FlightLite 100 features and benefits:
Plug and play Ease of Installation - compatible with existing LANs
PoE supply means no need for electrical outlets / electrical wiring to be laid
Operates at distances of 500 metres, making it ideal for corporate campus locations
Fast Ethernet speed full-duplex bandwidth with 100-megabit connectivity
Fully secure - LightPointes optical wireless technology is immune to jamming, resistant to interception and transparent to all encryption schemes

Higher bandwidth alternative to comparably priced 802.11 solutions
Lightweight and compact - weighs 4.5 kgs (9.9lbs)
Weatherproof and designed for outdoor installations with temperatures between
-30C to 65C (-22F to 149F)

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