Wi-Fi 6/6E tri-band outdoor wireless AP targets federal, military networks

April 3, 2023
The ruggedized XE3-4TN access point from Cambium Networks provides high-performance Wi-Fi infrastructure for applications including video surveillance, high-density access, and IoT.

Global wireless networking solutions provider Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM) on Mar. 30 announced the availability of the company's new Wi-Fi 6/6E platform, optimized to provide future-proof performance for outdoor and harsh environments. Cambium says its XE3-4TN outdoor Wi-Fi 6/6E access point (AP) is 6 GHz-ready and capable of supporting outdoor Wi-Fi 6E.

As stated by a press release, Trade Agreement Act-compliant (TAA) manufacturing allows the solution to be procured by the U.S. federal government, including civil, law enforcement, defense and national security agencies.

The XE3-4TN supports software-defined radio (SDR) technology, providing flexibility in supporting the unlicensed 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz Wi-Fi bands. The SDR radio can be programmed to operate in either 5 GHz or 6 GHz, enabling customers to enable 6 GHz when they are ready.

Standard Power (SP) support up to 36 dBm EIRP for 6 GHz operation outdoors is pending FCC Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) approval, expected in Q4 2023.

Cambium says the platform leverages an edge, intelligent, distributed architecture with Wi-Fi controller functionality directly integrated into the AP and either cloud or on-premise management providing central management.

This architecture eliminates single point of failure vulnerabilities, requiring less equipment and associated cost to deliver predictable end user experiences.

Value proposition

David Aylesworth, senior director of product line management for Cambium Networks, commented:

"Defense networks require robust, flexible solutions that are rapid to deploy and efficient to manage and maintain. Cambium Networks' approach to Wi-Fi solution design enables excellent online experiences with fewer resources and IT personnel, reducing the time and effort required to manage and maintain networks."

Per the manufacturer, the XE3-4TN outdoor Wi-Fi AP provides connectivity for scanner devices, laptops, mobile phones, IOT devices and other applications at locations such as:

  • Aviation hangars
  • Bases
  • Logistics depots
  • Ports
  • Ships
  • Test and training ranges
  • Special events
  • Warehouses

A key features summary for the XE3-4TN Outdoor Wi-Fi 6/6E Access Point is as follows:

  • Tri-band 2.4 / 5 / 6 GHz, Tri-Radio
  • 6.3 Gbps total bandwidth
  • 5 GHz EIRP = 36 dBm
  • Ethernet 1 x 1 GbE, 1 x 2.5GbE
  • TAA compliant
  • BLE enabled
  • IP67 certified
  • Integrated controller
  • N-type connectors for a variety of external antennas for omnidirectional or sector coverage

Additionally, Cambium's ONE Network solution comprises Wi-Fi, switching, security, SD-WAN, and fixed wireless access (FWA) solutions to build high-performance networks that require less equipment and deliver a lower total cost of ownership. Automated provisioning, complete visibility and end-to-end control of the network is provided by cnMaestro single console management, enabling networks that are fast and easy to deploy and save time and cost.

"Traditionally, adding Wi-Fi network capacity and coverage in outdoor type environments meant more access points, more installation work and complexity," asserted Peter Cappiello, CEO, Future Technologies Venture. "Cambium Networks makes it easy to scale with its distributed architecture, software-defined radios, high-density multi-radio access points and an integrated controller. It is as close to plug and play as we have seen."

Visit the Cambium Networks GDS website.

Plan to attend the company's Outdoor Wi-Fi for Federal Civilian Applications webinar on April 25 at 10:00am US Central time.

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