New ORiNOCO Antennas Broaden ISP Horizons


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

network configurations.

“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



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