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Extreme Networks targets education, hospitality markets

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 18, 2011
New wi-fi solution allows users to upgrade existing network at less cost.

Extreme Networks recently introduced a simple and low-cost wi-fi solution targeted at educational institutions and the hospitality market which are challenged by the growth in the number of wi-fi devices.

The "snap-on" Altitude 4511 wallplate access point is a long-range wireless local area network (WLAN) solution designed for college campuses and multiple dwelling units (MDUs). Extreme Networks said the Altitude 4511 is an iPhone-sized device that can be easily snapped on to an existing Ethernet port, and this means less upfront cost to upgrade as the number of wi-fi users grow.

Extreme Networks and Motorola Solutions collaborated to develop the Altitude 4511 which features a

a 400mW radio -- compared to some solutions that operate at 40mW -- boosting the coverage of up to three times. Each long-range device of 26 dBm can service up to 10 rooms at a time, making it possible to cover a 200-unit building in hours, not days, Extreme Networks said.


The access point incorporates secure mobility features from the ExtremeXOS operating system, and radio frequency (RF) and WLAN technologies from Motorola.

"Our Altitude 4511snap-on wi-fi solution is designed to repurpose the network you have for higher levels of wireless connectivity," said David Ginsburg, CMO, Extreme Networks. "Extreme Networks and Motorola Solutions are working together to take the cost and complexity out of wireless network installations and 802.11n upgrades with this simple, powerful and compact solution."

Said Imran Akbar, vice president, enterprise networks and communications, Motorola Solutions: "By matching the benefits of consistent data throughput and faster wireless deployment offered by Motorola Solutions' Wall Plate AP technology with its own deep IT infrastructure domain expertise, Extreme Networks can deliver a mobility solution that offers tremendous benefit for campuses and hotels, where a simple and cost-effective solution is needed to connect students, staff and guests. From the perspective of price-performance and ease-of-install - there is no comparable Wall Plate access point on the market."


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