Motorola introduces 802.11n Wireless LAN switch, enabling the all-wireless enterprise

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The Enterprise Mobility business of Motorola, Inc. has announced its Motorola RFS6000, the latest addition to a family of high-performance multi-core processor-based wireless LAN (WLAN) switches, targeted at mid-sized enterprises.

The RFS6000 supports an all-wireless enterprise vision, enabling businesses to build an enterprise WLAN that serves the entire organization from workers in corporate headquarters to manufacturing and distribution plants to remote branch offices.

With the industrys leading installed base of more than 125,000 WLAN switches, Motorola has the markets most thoroughly tested WLAN offering in the market. The addition of the RFS6000 and mesh-enabled adaptive 802.11a/b/g/n access points (APs) gives Motorola the industrys most complete indoor and outdoor WLAN portfolio to enable a truly wireless enterprise.

We expect more than 75 percent of enterprise end-point devices to be wirelessly connected to the company network within four to five years, says Jack Gold, President, J.Gold Associates. This will include not only data-centric devices, but voice and collaboration-centric devices as well, many with multiple wireless communication options seamlessly available to the user.

Based on the Wireless Next Generation (Wi-NG) architecture this network-in-a-box solution is the industrys first wireless switch to include the combination of eight high-power PoE ports for 802.11n; a PCI express slot for wireless WAN backhaul 3G/4G services such as EVDO, HSDPA and WiMAX; and a PCI expansion slot for services such as IP PBX. The RFS6000 supports up to 48 802.11a/b/g/n APs and is capable of providing Wi-Fi coverage for up to 2,000 users. The RFS6000 also provides significant cost savings compared to wired Ethernet networks by completely eliminating the need to run separate voice and data cables to each user within the enterprise.

The RFS6000 offers enterprise-class security with integrated 802.1x, WPA/WPA2, stateful inspection firewall, VPN, AAA server and NAC support. The wireless switch is also PCI and HIPAA compliance-capable out-of-the-box.

Mid-size organizations face difficulties in deploying a robust wireless infrastructure that can be managed effectively, continued Gold. What they need are products that contain many of the features such as backhaul connection redundancy, embedded firewall and VPN, security and management capability of higher end systems targeted at large enterprises, but at a price geared to their needs.

The RFS6000 also offers a high level of network resilience with mesh, adaptive technology and switch clustering capabilities that enable business-critical wireless. RFS6000-based wireless networks can offer end-to-end resilience at a much lower cost than wired equivalents. In addition, wireless networks have the added benefit of enabling applications such as asset tracking, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and location-based security to unleash the next level of mobility within the enterprise.

With the RFS6000, adaptive APs, enterprise mesh and outdoors wireless offerings we are the only company in the industry with a complete portfolio to help enterprises truly realize the vision of a secure and reliable wireless enterprise inside and out, said Sujai Hajela, vice president and general manager of Enterprise WLAN, Motorola Enterprise Mobility business.

Use of Voice over WLAN is also growing within enterprises with the arrival of Wi-Fi phones and inexpensive VoIP services. The RFS6000 wireless switch supports toll quality voice over WLAN with Quality of Service (QoS) and Wi-Fi Multimedia Extensions and seamless roaming across Layer 3 boundaries both inside and outside helping to ensure superior performance for voice and multimedia applications. 

Enterprise WLAN is part of Motorolas portfolio of innovative wireless broadband solutions and services that complement and complete IP networks. Delivering IP coverage to virtually all spaces both indoors and outdoors, the portfolio includes fixed broadband, mesh, broadband over powerline, WiMAX and Enterprise WLAN solutions for private and public networks.

 

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