Madge Releases Enterprise-class Dual Radio Access Point

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Madge, a leading supplier of enterprise Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) management and security technology, today announced the immediate availability of a new enterprise-class access point that is the first in the industry to ship with two 802.11g radios as standard.

A common feature of existing access points with a single .11g radio is that they are often installed to support mixture of .11g and .11b clients, said Martin Malina, CEO of Madge. This can be a problem as the access point will run at the speed of the slowest client. Our new access point overcomes this by allowing one radio to operate in .11g mode and the other in .11b

The Madge Enterprise Access Point Dual Radio .11g is the first to ship with the second radio as standard, unlike some competitive products that only offer a second radio as an option. The dual radio facility allows the user to configure transmission power to effectively double the amount of wireless bandwidth in a given area.

To further enhance available bandwidth in high density client installations the dual access point features Configurable Transmit Power (CTP). CTP can be utilized to implement a micro cell architecture where the access points sphere of influence is reduced thus allowing more to be installed in a given building or facility. The additional benefit of CTP is that the wireless coverage bleed area into the car park or neighbouring companies premises can be minimised - this reduces the potential of malicious or accidental users that have not been authorized to access the network.

It is also possible to block wireless-to-wireless traffic between associated wireless clients so that they cannot see one another. This capability can be used in hotspot applications to prevent wireless hackers from attacking other wireless users computers.

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