Vivato Shuts Down Operations
December 16, 2005
The once-promising Wi-Fi distribution technology never quite got off the ground, and now the company has closed its doors.
The Spokane, Washington-based company made a big splash with its debut in 2002, securing $20 million in venture capital to back what it called at the time a "Wi-Fi switch." The product was very different from the switches of other startup WLAN switch companies like Airespace, Trapeze and Aruba it was a large, wall-mounted panel using smart phased-array antennas with a patented PacketSteering technology to provide 802.11 covering an entire floor of a building. Later, they created an outdoor version. Eventually, the panels were renamed as Base Stations. The company also created microcell access points to provide lower-cost coverage for indoors.
The company was dogged by production delays and management changes. It took a long time to embrace 802.11g after most of the industry had already done so. Costs for the equipment were also high at its debut in October last year, the outdoor base station with 802.11g support (model VP2210) was priced at close to $10,000. New technologies like WiMax and MIMO-based 802.11 likely put a very tight squeeze on the company.
Calls to Vivato headquarters and spokespeople have gone unreturned today.