Vol. 4, No. 40
December 15, 2005

The Wi-Fi Web
By Rita Kushnir

Cisco has recently announced the availability of its wireless mesh, a solution that interconnects a large number of indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi access points. Currently, meshed access points require a wired connection to each access point to drive traffic back into the network. It is often a challenge for companies that need a complex outdoor hotspot to provide a wired connection to each node. Cisco’s mesh technology solves this problem by enabling wireless interconnectivity between a large number of access points.

What else distinguishes Cisco’s new product? “There’s a couple of key differences,” explains Ben Gibson, director of wireless and mobility marketing at Cisco. “One is the hardware architecture itself. [Often], solutions on the market use a single Wi-Fi radio in their access point, and that single radio provides both access and meshing connectivity. We decided to go with the dual-radio solution, because we want to be able to provide a dedicated radio for meshing interconnectivity, high performance and a [separate] dedicated radio for the access. It provides higher performance on both sides and increases the reliability of the whole outdoor network.”

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Sybase's iAnywhere to Support IrSimple for Instant Wireless Data Exchange
iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, has announced that it will support the Infrared Data Association's (IrDA) IrSimple Protocol and Profile specifications. IrSimple enables mobile devices to instantly connect and wirelessly transmit data.
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Oracle Integrates With Broadbeam to Offer Expanded Mobile Enterprise Capabilities
Broadbeam Corporation, a company with more than 10 years of expertise in providing mission-critical mobile solutions, has announced it is teaming up with Oracle to extend the mobile enterprise. Joint customers can access a range of expanded mobile enterprise capabilities via Broadbeam's field-proven, leading-edge mobile technologies.
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Zagat Goes Blackberry
Zagat Survey, in partnership with Handmark, has announced the launch of ZAGAT TO GO, a mobile version of Zagat Survey’s restaurant and nightlife guides made exclusively for BlackBerry users. In addition to comprehensive ratings and rankings for 24,000 spots in 71 different cities, ZAGAT TO GO offers a variety of BlackBerry optimized features including wireless content updates, detailed street-level maps, and turn-by-turn driving directions to desired destinations.
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