SMC releases wireless network bridges

June 21, 2007 -- The company says its EliteConnect models SMC2890W-AG and SMC2891W-AG are designed to eliminate the need for expensive cabling and leased lines.

June 21, 2007 -- SMC Networks has released its EliteConnect 802.11a/g Outdoor Enterprise Access point/Bridges. Specifically intended for providing wireless building-to-building links in the SMB environment, the company says its EliteConnect models SMC2890W-AG and SMC2891W-AG are designed to eliminate the need for expensive cabling and costly leased lines. Weatherproofed and safe for outdoor use, the bridges can be installed in a wide variety of different indoor and outdoor environments, says the company.

Incorporating a 2.4GHz/5GHz dual radio system, the EliteConnect bridges are designed to link two or more local LANs over one band (Bridge mode), while simultaneously providing wireless client access over the other band (Access Point mode). Dual radio architecture allows different bridging options using either the 802.11a (5 GHz) or 802.11b/g (2.4 GHz) wireless band. As an alternative, both frequency bands can also be used for access point mode.

The SMC2890W-AG incorporates external antenna options for both the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz radio; the SMC2891W-AG has an integrated 5 GHz antenna as well as external options for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz. Both units support up to 6 WDS links on one radio to connect remote LANs and branch offices where the other radio can run in Access point mode for wireless client access. Both units can work in either Master or Slave mode.

To counter security concerns, the bridges provide enterprise-level authentication and encryption, with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2) and RADIUS authentication using 802.1x. The devices also incorporate support for Power over Ethernet (802.3af), built-in lightning protection, optional high gain antennas, and a range of products to extend wireless coverage.

"The EliteConnect 802.11a/g Wireless Outdoor Bridges make building-to-building connections easier and less costly, as they eliminate the need for long cable runs," says SMC product manager Olaf Olinger. "Deploying these dual-radio bridges open-up options, like bridging remote LANs and providing mobile client access—simultaneously, and with one product."

The SMC2890W-AG/SMC2891W-AG are each priced at $699.99.

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