New Edgy Tropos Mesh OS
March 08, 2007
Software updates put new services on the edge of the network and make it easier for users to connect.
Tropos Networks this week announced a new version of its MetroMesh operating system software, along with a deal with Devicescape designed to make it easier for users to connect to their metro-scale networks.
Tropos nodes will now support the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
Finally, operation templates will come preconfigured to support different types of parameters a provider may encounter. "There's different templates for different deployments," says Gillai. "Users can still change anything manually, but this gives them a quick start." Different areas of a network can use different templates -- for example, a park might need a completely different set of parameters than a downtown urban area; they can be mixed and matched on the same Tropos mesh.
As with other upgrades to MetroMesh OS, this one will come with new routers, and is a no-cost upgrade to customers with a valid support contract.
What about easier connection? Tropos is now in a partnership with Devicescape to support the latter's system for fast and simple connection to the network. Users who download and install the Devicescape software for their Wi-Fi devices can set up an account online with Devicescape to store their credentials for signing onto a Tropos based network (or networks, if they are, for example, an EarthLink customer) and will be automatically signed in. Devicescape's software also works with about 45 other providers, including T-Mobile and FON, and runs on Windows, Windows Mobile, the Nokia tablets, and the Linksys WIP-300 VoIP phone.