What's New: Wireless

What's New: Wireless

Netgear WFS709TP ProSafe

With the ability to manage up to 16 access points, this device can deliver integrated wireless mobility, security and converged services for wired and wireless users, which the vendor claims is ideal for growing small and mid-sized businesses. The WFS709TP has built-in PoE support on all eight 10/100 interfaces and identity based security features including Radius, LDAP and AAA server. Access points act as logical extensions to the WFS709TP, accepting wireless traffic and sending it to the wireless switch over IP tunnels, while its centralised architecture enables users to seamlessly roam between multiple access points. The Netgear ProSafe Wireless Switch delivers VoIP over wireless by providing support for call admission control, voice-aware fast roaming and strict over the air QoS to deliver mobile voice capabilities.

Distributed by BMS Technologies, NetWorld Systems, Synnex, Express Online, Ingram Micro and J Mills Distribution.
RRP: $3699

Riverbed Technology Steelhead 100/200

This device features Steelhead Mobile software designed to deliver LAN-like application performance to any user: whether on the road, working from home or connected wirelessly in the office. The software works seamlessly with Riverbed's range of Steelhead products, including the 100/200 appliance, to improve bandwidth efficiency for mobile workers by up to 99 per cent. With Steelhead Mobile, many file downloads that once took mobile or remote workers an hour can be completed in a couple of minutes or seconds, according to the vendor. In addition to accelerating application performance, it also aims to reduce bandwidth requirements. Running on the Riverbed Optimisation System (RiOS), it utilises quality data and transport streamlining to provide data reduction, compression and transport protocol optimisation while reducing traffic on the wide area network (WAN) and transport layer roundtrips.
Distributed by Riverbed.

Avaya 3645 IP Wireless Telephone

Aimed at organisations wanting the convenience of wireless communications and the benefits of leveraging IP-based converged communications solutions, this product connects to the user's LAN and simplifies communications infrastructure management, according to Avaya. While away from the desk, users can make and receive phone calls (including Caller ID), place calls on hold, establish conference calls, and check for messages. The navigation keys provide the user with access to additional capabilities through the display. The 3645 IP wireless telephone is designed for the industrial environment and has push-to-talk capability, eliminating the need for two-way radios to contact workgroups dispersed throughout an environment. The larger earpiece provides comfort for the user and seals out background noise.
Distributed by ChannelWorx.

Mitel Mobile Extension

Acting as a software option for the Mitel 3300 ICP range of IP-PABXs, this tool allows 3G, GSM, or WLAN phone handsets to be linked to a user's desk phone and act as an extension of the corporate PABX. Referred to as 'twinning', the functionality of the desktop phone is extended to the wireless handset or mobile phone without having to load software on the mobile handset or for the mobile handset to natively support the features. Twinning allows PABX features such as call transfers and automatic call routing to be extended to every wireless or mobile phone in the business. This allows users to transfer calls from mobile phone handsets back to desk phones, and reduce mobile phone costs for calls received in the office.
Distributed by Telstra Business Systems and Uptime Distribution.
RRP: $2200 (for a fi ve-user starter pack)

3Com AirProtect Sentry 5850

This intrusion prevention system is aimed at protecting SMB wireless networks from various threats including rogue Access Points (AP), mis-configured APs and clients, and Denial-of-Service Attacks (DoS). It can also isolate and locate rogue or misbehaving devices on the fl oor plan. The hardware is designed to protect the network automatically from WLAN threats such as unauthorised associations, adhoc connections and honey pot/evil twin APs (neighbouring APs that have the same SSID as an authorised AP and corporate data on authorised clients that connect to Honeypot/Evil Twin APs can come under threat). AirProtect Sentry can also detect WLAN-related threats such as AP Mac spoofi ng, DoS attacks, and association, authentication, disassociation and de-authentication floods and broadcasts.
Distributed by LAN Systems and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $1157

Cisco Wireless Control System

The WCS platform provides a quality foundation that allows IT managers to design, control, and monitor enterprise wireless networks from a centralised location. According to Cisco, this simplifies operations and helps reduce total cost of ownership. WCS is a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network. It offers RF prediction, policy provisioning, network optimisation, troubleshooting, device tracking, security monitoring, and wireless LAN systems management. Other features include a robust graphical interface for wireless LAN deployment and operations, and detailed trending and analysis reports to assist with ongoing network operations. A key attribute of the 4.1 release of the WCS software is its scalability, which can be easily managed by the Cisco WCS Navigator. It also includes a client troubleshooting dashboard that provides administrators with detailed client information.
Distributed by Express Data, Ingram Micro and LAN Systems.
RRP: from $6592

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