Proxim introduced today a new access point designed for small to medium enterprises: "It delivers the latest in terms of enterprise class features but does so with a price point that's competitive and in line with the requirements of small and medium businesses," said Ben Gibson, vice president of corporate marketing for Proxim.
Proxim also introduced a software suite comprised of tools from Wavelink and Ekahau. Using the software combined with the new APs, customers get support for 802.11i, the security and encryption standard, as well as a draft version of 802.11e, which supports quality of service. The capability is useful for customers that want to deploy voice or other time-sensitive applications.
The AP is also in line for WPA2 certification, an upgraded encryption standard set by the Wi-Fi Alliance that is based on 802.11i.
The combined products offer rogue AP detection as well as rogue client detection, where the administrator can receive an alert when unauthorized clients attempt to connect to the network.
For customers that may be migrating to stronger security mechanisms, the solution can support both WEP and WPA2 authentication at the same time. Because WPA2 requires a software upgrade on the client end, the capability allows customers to support all clients while they're in the process of upgrading.