Proxim Manages the In and Out of Doors

By Eric Griffith

November 20, 2002

The upgrade to the ORiNOCO Wireless Network Manager integrates management for LAN and WAN products from the company.

Sunnyvale, CA-based WLAN provider Proxim Corporation has taken the wraps off an upgrade to its ORiNOCO Wireless Network Manager software. This version 1.1 release puts both local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) products from the company under the control of a single management system.

The software, which integrates with other Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) systems like HP OpenView (an industry standard for wired network control), can provide an overview of an entire wireless network with real time data monitoring. Software/firmware on remote devices can be updated, or configurations changed on multiple products, all from the central Wireless Network Manager console

The Proxim product works with the company's ORiNOCO line (some of which are branded Proxim or with OEM brands), specifically the AP-2000 (version 2.0), AP-1000, AP-500, WavePOINT-II, and the AS-2000 indoor products, and the OR-500, OR-1000 and OR1100 routers for the outdoors. It covers point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions and all current Wi-Fi networks, whether using 2.4GHz 802.11b and/or 5GHz 802.11a wireless.

In the company release, Jan Buis, product manager for Proxim said, "No matter where in the world they are physically located, IT Managers can now remotely manage these wireless networks, all from a single workstation, greatly enhancing the scalability of their networks and making their jobs easier." The software is expected in December; a downloadable trial can be found at the ORiNOCO Wireless site. The base engine price will be $500; the maximum price of $3499 covers all features and an unlimited number of client nodes.



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