Tech Institute Installs Proxim WLAN Products

By Matthew Peretz

July 31, 2001

Uses products to create working WLAN that also functions as training tool

Proxim, Inc., a provider of WLAN equipment, announced today that it has been chosen as the LAN/WAN solution provider for TECO, or Technical Education Center Osceola. TECO is a technical institute on the secondary and post-secondary academic levels.

TECO, which is based in Sunnyvale, CA, trains individuals for entry-level employment or job-skill upgrades. TECO has a wireless technology curriculum and needed a solution that could simultaneously be deployed both as an actual network infrastructure for the campus and as a training platform for students.

TECO will use Proxim's Harmony 802.11b solution for wireless indoor connectivity. Harmony features enterprise-class security and design-in modules. Proxim stated that it is designed for easy migration from 802.11b to 802.11a when the need arises. Proxim's Stratum 100 solution will provide wireless building-to-building connectivity for TECO. Featuring what Proxim states is military-grade security, the Stratum family can provide point-to-point and point-to-multipoint wireless Ethernet bridges and requires no license.

When classes resume on August 13, TECO's students will be able to access the network anywhere on campus. Proxim stated that TECO will be able to deliver training to 80 students at one time. TECO maintains four training labs with 20 workstations per lab and has 60 additional computers connected using Proxim Harmony. TECO stated that it will teach an entire segment, some 300 hours, on the Proxim platforms.

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