Meshing Up the Outdoors
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This week, mesh networking equipment maker Firetide , which has offices in California and Hawaii, announced its new product, the HotPoint 1000R for use in deploying outdoor networks.
The USD$1999 unit is something customers of their indoor HotPoint unit were asking for, according to Sunil Dhar, director of product management at FireTide. The software functionality is the same on both, but the 1000R comes in a ruggedized, weather-proof NEMA enclusure that can be mounted on a building or pole.
The HotPoint line provides the mesh for backhaul of signals to the Internet or larger main network, but differentiates itself by working with any off the shelf Wi-Fi access point to provide the signal used by end-users. The same is true of the outdoor HotPoint, where Dhar says "the AP would have to be external to the [HotPoint] box." The HotPoint can run on Power over Ethernet (PoE) and in turn provides PoE to the AP as needed. The mesh range goes up to about 2 miles depending on the speed of the link.
The 1000R can also be hooked up to IP cameras and use for surveillance.
FireTide also announced another co-marketing partnership, this time with OSS