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Wireless Mesh: From Enterprise to Metro
With municipal networks, wireless DSL, and mobile VOIP emerging as serious contenders in the communications landscape there is a resurgence of interest in wireless mesh as a means to provide low-cost broadband wireless access services.

This report examines the various approaches to developing and deploying mesh network equipment and infrastructure, with a focus on outdoor metro-area and neighborhood scale networks. The report presents comparative data on 27 separate wireless mesh products combined with analysis of the corporate strategies of the startup and major-name vendors at the forefront of infrastructure-grade, wireless mesh systems.

Sample research data from the report is shown in the excerpts below:
Table of Contents (uni0206_toc.pdf)
Vendors targeting metro-area wireless mesh networks are coming from a variety of perspectives, depending on their heritage and their views on the overall market opportunity. The table below highlights some high-level features that differentiate vendors and provide guidance as to their various approaches to outdoor mesh network architectures. The table shows only a subset of each vendor’s portfolio. More granular detail on these and other products can be found in the report appendix.
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Several vendors are now offer products that scale up from single- and dual-radio nodes for the edge of the mesh, to larger “core” mesh nodes. The diagram below shows how nodes can be configured according to various radio and antenna options. It is not intended to represent a “real” network, but to illustrate the flexibility of multi-radio nodes and their integration into large-scale mesh network architectures.
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Wireless mesh vendors featured in this report are: BelAir Networks Inc.; Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO); Firetide Inc.; LocustWorld Ltd.; MeshDynamics Inc.; Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT); Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE: NT); RoamAD Ltd.; SkyPilot Networks Inc.; Strix Systems Inc.; and Tropos Networks Inc.
Total pages: 19
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