Nortel gives voice to enterprise wireless Lans

Nortel says it is making it possible for firms to use their wireless Lans for voice calls in the enterprise, meaning users can...

Nortel says it is making it possible for firms to use their wireless Lans for voice calls in the enterprise, meaning users can communicate with other staff while on the move across sites, such as hospitals and warehouses.

Nortel has launched a wireless Lan switch, new access points and two IP phone handsets intended to allow users to make voice calls over any type of 802.11-compatible wireless Lan network.

The switch, as well as providing a security solution, allows companies to prioritise voice traffic over the Lan to make sure quality is not depressed by high data traffic going across the same shared airwaves.

The switch can detect “rogue” wireless Lan access points that have been fitted in the building without authorisation – a common problem at some companies that have seen wireless Lans being up without proper security by staff, before company adoption of the technology – and deny them access to the corporate network.

The two internal mobile phones, branded 2210 and 2211,  and the model 2270 switch cost between $700 (£390) and $900 (£500) for the phones and $11,000 (£6,110) for the switch.

The new access points being sold alongside the solution can support all types of 802.11 technology – ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘g’ protocols. The products will be available from Nortel from this spring. Nortel is aiming the products at hospitals, retail and warehouse operations.

This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia 

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