Segue to the WISPs

By Eric Griffith

November 05, 2002

PCTEL's new platform is meant to speed adoption of Wi-Fi hotspots by carriers and wire-line ISPs.

Wireless access solutions provider PCTEL which recently moved to Chicago, IL, today announced its Segue Network Gateway, a $2500 platform that will help wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and mobile network carriers establish hotspots using Wi-Fi to connect roaming clients.

The Segue platform consists of different products. The Segue Installer and Segue Roaming Client are for end users who are installing a 802.11 network card for the first time. The software will set the user up for roaming between different Wi-Fi hotspots and even cellular networks like Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA) 1xRTT and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) if they have that capability.

The Segue Controller handles the AAA (authentication, authorization and accounting) for the provider with support for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) . As a router , the Gateway platform routes the Internet traffic for the users, making sure they have valid IP addresses and connects to any servers on the system that tracks subscriber information.

PCTEL is demonstrating the Segue Network Gateway platform at the 802.11 Planet Conference & Expo taking place this week in Munich, Germany.

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