Lucent Technologies unveiled a wider choice of certified outdoor antennas
for its ORiNOCO Outdoor Router system. According to the company, the new
antennas (a 24 dBi Directional Parabolic Grid, 12 dBi Directional Wide
Angle, and 10 dBi Omni Directional) let ISPs offer high-speed wireless
networking and Internet access with ranges of up to 26 kilometers (point-to-point).
The new antennas join the existing family of ORiNOCO antennas that include
14 dBi directional Yagi and the 7 dBi omni directional antennas. The antennas
may be mixed-and-matched to meet specific geographic coverage requirements.
Lucent claims that the more powerful antennas reduce wireless infrastructure
costs by requiring fewer central outdoor routers to service an area, and
give system integrators and ISPs more flexibility in designing their wireless
“Now, ISPs and system integrators can come to Lucent for one-stop shopping:
outdoor routers, antennas, cabling, pigtails, surge arrestors, the whole
package,” says Rob Jansen, product manager for the ORiNOCO Outdoor Solution.
“Lucent now provides a wide variety of complete outdoor antennas and hardware
bundles, tested and certified to work together, so that the ISP or system
integrator does not have to take the time and expense to get antennas
and systems certified to work together.”
Pricing and Availability
A complete Outdoor Router Solution starts at $4270. This 11 Mbps point-to-point
link includes two Remote Outdoor Routers, two PC Cards, two antennas and
all related manuals, surge arrestors, cabling, and mounting equipment.
Lucent’s new client software completes the ORiNOCO Outdoor Solution (the
ORiNOCO Central Outdoor Router (COR), the ORiNOCO Remote Outdoor Router
(ROR), and the Outdoor Router Client software). With the Outdoor Router
Client, an ISP can provide high-speed unlicensed wireless connectivity
for residential customers with data rates of up to 11 Mbit/s between residential
homes and the Point-of-Presence (POP) of the ISP, especially in rural
areas. The ISP remains independent of the local exchange carrier
while offering customers a cost effective and immediate wireless broadband
The Outdoor Router Client (ORC) is an NDIS Miniport driver that runs
on Windows 95, 98, and NT. This driver enables an ORiNOCO Fixed Wireless
PC Card (11 Mbit/s) to communicate to with the Central Outdoor Router
You can download the software from http://www.wavelan.com/support/software/.
After you have downloaded the software, use the license number in the
copy you downloaded to fill out the form here: