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Motorola offers municipal Wi-Fi extension to DOCSIS-fed data

Tue, 06/20/2006 - 7:38am
Brian Santo, CED

Motorola has introduced a new wireless services solution that enables cable operators to extend HFC infrastructure to deploy scalable, area-wide Wi-Fi access throughout large and small municipalities.

The new Motorola Cable MESH is based on the company’s MOTOwi4 wireless broadband networking platform. DOCSIS 2.0-compatible hardened cable modems, constructed by Motorola to operate outdoors, are coupled with access point technology developed for Motorola's HotZone Duo product, which enables a choice of either single (2.4 GHz, 802.11b/g) or dual (2.4 GHz, 802.11b/g and 5.8 GHz, 802.11a) radio network configuration.

Using two radios enables dedicated user accessibility on one channel by carrying all network backhaul traffic on the other. MSOs can mount the combination on streetlights, traffic lights, and other infrastructure.

The architecture enables links between users and the network to automatically self-form and self-heal, providing uninterrupted wireless access and continuous security as users move between access points. This mesh architecture can reduce backhaul, deployment, and operational costs while improving throughput and coverage area.

Motorola said Apopka, Fla., is the first city to offer wireless access using a beta system deployment of the HotZone Duo solution.

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