Wireless network provider Xirrus has expanded its XR-Series Wireless Array product line to meet the growing demand for wireless service in outdoor or other harsh environments.
The new XR-1000H hardened Array, together with outdoor enclosures for the entire family of XR Array products, deliver a comprehensive set of reliable options for providing wireless access in a variety of environments, including outdoor public areas, stadiums, manufacturing facilities, industrial worksites, warehouses, and distribution centers.
The XR-1000H Array is populated with dual 802.11n 3x3 modular APs operating at up to 450 Mbps and utilises an integrated controller for autonomous operation. The XR-1000H is ruggedised for use in variable environments ranging in temperatures from -40 to +65 degrees Centigrade with an IP67-rated enclosure that is completely water and dust sealed. A variety of external antennas are available to create different coverage patterns and point-to-point wireless links.
The new XR-Series Outdoor Enclosures enable the entire range of XR Wireless Arrays – supporting from 2 to 16 modular APs – to be operated in challenging environmental conditions to support for high-density applications. The outdoor enclosures enable deployment of high performance wireless for applications in sporting venues, conference facilities, transportation hubs and other locations with high volumes of iPads and other smart devices.
Rohit Mehra, director of enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC, commented: ‘The market for enterprise-grade outdoor access points is projected to exceed $200 million in 2012 and is one of the key growth segments of the WLAN market.As outdoor Wireless LAN deployments gain momentum and new use cases are unveiled, vendors such as Xirrus with its outdoor Arrays are poised to leverage increased growth opportunities.
‘The demand for robust and rugged wireless solutions capable of low-maintenance deployment and comprehensive coverage in exposed environments is on the rise, and this announcement shows Xirrus' ability to adapt to changing market dynamics.’
• Reliable wireless access in any location, any environment, and in any weather
• Completely sealed unit requiring minimal maintenance
• Industrial-grade housing unit resistant to damage
• Extension of the industry’s highest-performance wireless solutions into outdoor environments
• Rugged design and high performance equip the Array for mission-critical applications
• Ability to scale for unpredictable device-density growth
Bruce Miller, vice president product marketing of Xirrus, said: ‘Ensuring reliable wireless access, anytime, anywhere is an increasingly critical requirement for all types of organizations – from venue operators, to educational campuses, to enterprises of all sizes.The number of iPads, smart devices, and the amount of traffic they are putting on wireless networks is exploding.
‘The introduction of our hardened XR-1000H Wireless Array extends Xirrus’ high performance wireless solution for organisations needing to deploy dependable wireless access across all types of environments, including dealing with the most challenging outdoor conditions,’ said Miller.