Xirrus extends XR family of modular wireless switches

New two- and four-access point models increase the flexibility and price performance of the Xirrus XR-Series product family, allowing it to deliver a seamless solution for any Wi-Fi deployment from a few users in a remote location toseveral thousand users in an auditorium

Xirrus extends XR family of modular wireless switches

Wireless network equipment manufacturer Xirrus has announced the launch of two new wireless arrays. The XR-1000 and XR-2000 extend Xirrus’ existing family of XR-series wireless switches to provide a more flexible and broader range of wireless deployment scenarios. 

The move is designed to expand Xirrus’ footprint into smaller spaces, such as lobbies and hotel rooms for which its existing wireless arrays, designed to cover much larger areas, would be uneconomic.

Both wireless array models will be commercially available in the first quarter of 2012. The two new wireless arrays join the XR-4000, which can carry up to eight radios and the XR 6000 and XR-7000, which can carry anything from eight to 16 radios.

Steven Wastie, chief marketing officer at Xirrus (pictured), told Wireless: ‘Our focus has been on density issues and we’ve targeted schools, healthcare, higher education, enterprise, large events and stadia in particular. Our equipment provides much greater power and range, so you need fewer access points, cable runs and switch ports – 75% less in many cases. It’s a very flexible architecture.’

The flexibility of Xirrus’ architecture means that if more capacity is needed, more radios can be added to the Xirrus modular, chassis-based wireless hubs with their multiple slots without the need to fit new arrays elsewhere or reconfigure the network architecture.

The Xirrus design includes directional antennas, which can concentrate the beam where it is needed. ‘You can be a lot more prescriptive, so that you can send the signal where you want it. You can direct it to one side of a room and not out of the window where it isn’t needed or shoot it down a corridor,’ said Wastie.

The other key aspect of the design is that it is uses distributed intelligence to push the switch out to the edge of the network, so decisions are made locally, such as firewalls and user authentication, rather than having to be routed back to a central controller.

The XR-1000 and XR-2000

The XR-1000 model provides flexibility for delivering wireless service in low user density scenarios, challenging deployments in areas with high RF attenuation, and in isolated or physically separated locations. 

The XR-1000 wireless array is a two-slot, two-access point model with an elliptical-shaped coverage pattern produced by its directional antennas – ideal for covering facilities with central hallways and adjacent rooms commonly found in office buildings, hotels, and dormitories.

The model supports multi-state (2.4GHz and 5GHz) operation on both its modular access points, providing flexibility not found in conventional two-radio access points for optimising spectrum utilisation and performance.

The XR-2000 model is designed to support a range of low to high-performance applications, including offices, hospitals, campuses and classrooms, and hotels. The new models are available in low-profile enclosures, making them ideal for space-constrained environments.

It is a four-slot, four-access point model designed for a wide range of applications – ideal for delivering wireless coverage in offices, hospitals, retails spaces, and classrooms. The XR-2000 comes standard with four modular access points, each upgradeable to support new wireless technologies.

Written by Wireless magazine
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