Wi-Fi equipment and solutions provider Xirrus has today (19 November 2013) introduced the XR-2425H array for delivering robust wireless connectivity in outdoor and other public areas with high densities of users and devices.
The company claims the XR-2425H is the only 4-radio outdoor 802.11n array, ensuring optimal performance with 1.2Gbps of total Wi-Fi capacity while lowering system TCO by reducing equipment, cabling, installation, and maintenance requirements.
“With the ever-increasing number of mobile devices in public venues of all types, including stadiums, arenas, racing tracks, convention centres, and shopping malls, organisations of all types are discovering that they must provide wireless connectivity to meet the service expectations of visitors,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus.
“The high cost of providing and maintaining outdoor Wi-Fi solutions, however, has often prevented venues from implementing the necessary wireless capability. This is the exact problem that the XR-2425H addresses and solves.”
The XR-2425H includes four 300Mbps 11n radios in an environmentally hardened IP65-compliant enclosure. The XR-2425H is based on the same distributed architecture as the rest of the Xirrus XR product line with an integrated controller, software programmable radios, Application Control providing visibility and policy management of over 1,200 applications, and cloud or on-premise management via the Xirrus Management System (XMS).
Each radio has two RP-TNC connectors supporting a variety of directional and omni-directional antennas to customise the coverage based on deployment needs. With four radios, as opposed to two found on most outdoor products today, the XR-2425H supports higher client densities per array, thereby reducing the amount of equipment required per deployment, while delivering robust Wi-Fi connectivity. PoE+ (Power over Ethernet) power support enables integration with existing power infrastructure.
Danny Cole, solution principal enterprise voice, Eircom, a leading provider of fixed line and mobile telecommunications solutions in Ireland, commented: "Mobility is a core growth part of our business and we are seeing tremendous demand for wireless in all types of environments. Our customers are expanding wireless coverage from typical indoor use cases to unique outdoor environments and areas requiring tight RF control. With a product like XR-2425H, we can deliver robust wireless services that scale to high densities in even the most challenging environments.”
George Langdon, facilities manager at Boise Center, the largest convention facility in Idaho, said: "We run year round conferences and conventions at our facilities and Wi-Fi connectivity everywhere has become a requirement. Not only do we run indoor events, we also host outdoor events such as a Farmers Market where we want to provide public Wi-Fi services. We are very pleased with the flexibility of the Xirrus XR-2425H platform and the coverage and performance we are able to provide to our outdoor users."
The XR-2425H will be available in December 2013.