New home networking gear from Linksys that supports both 802.11a and 802.11b wireless networking will rely on Wind River Systems ' embedded software, the companies announced.
Specifically, Wind River's operating system technology and advanced embedded networking protocols provide security and other functionality in new Linksys Dual Band Wireless gear, including an A+B Broadband Router and an A+B Access Point that Linksys recently released to the commercial channel.
Configuration utilities in both the new router and access point are based on Wind River's WindManage device management suite, which enables network management and monitoring that can scale from personal administration up to interoperability with sophisticated corporate management suites. That flexibility is important, as personal networking gear is being adapted to both simple home and complex corporate environments. Additionally, the Wind River suite provides a firmware update function for adding additional security or feature enhancements some time in the future.
Wind River embedded technologies can be found in a range of consumer electronics devices, including Sony boxes that Cablevision Systems Corp. has deployed to support its iO digital service. Wind River's VxWorks is also one of the operating system options Motorola Broadband offers on its roadmap of next-generation set-tops.