Cisco Adds Wi-Fi Support to Routers

Cisco Systems on Monday introduced a new card that adds support for the 802.11b and 802.11g wireless LAN standards to its 3200 Series routers.

“This solution set is around creating a solution for the outdoor wireless broadband for the public sector,” said Ann Sun, senior manager for wireless and mobility at Cisco in San Jose, Calif.

The router now can support both WLAN and WAN connections, Sun said. This means that when used in public safety vehicles, devices attached to the router will be able to maintain wireless network connections even when the vehicle is moving between cellular and Wi-Fi coverage areas.

The router also can sit still, on top of rooftops or towers, to provide long-range outdoor Wi-Fi coverage, Sun said. She added that the router may be upgraded to support the nascent WiMax wireless broadband standard in the future, but not until it’s clear that the industry will adopt it.

News source: ExtremeTech


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