Foundry Networks goes wireless

Foundary Networks has detailed its multipronged strategy to bring wireless networking to the enterprise. The strategy, unlike...

Foundry Networks has detailed its multipronged strategy to bring wireless networking to the enterprise. The strategy, unlike many others forged by startups, will see Foundry adapt its existing wired switches to support wireless networking. 

The first phase of its plan includes wireless access points that support all existing flavours of the 802.11 protocol: a, b, and g.

The plan, called IronPointT 200, the access points can be used as lightweight access points, which connect back to a wireless switch for intelligence, or as standard access points that feature built-in security. 

The second phase of the strategy is to update the company's existing wiring closet switch,said FastIron Ken Cheng, vice-president and general manager of Foundry's enterprise business unit. 

"Wireless switches today are light on networking capability," Cheng said. "They are missing traditional L2 and L3 features."

Cheng also listed the lack of Gigabit Ethernet, trunking, virtual Lans, and routing as drawbacks to wireless switches from the likes of Aruba Wireless Networks and Trapeze Networks.

Additionally, he pointed out that several of the switches are fixed, meaning they ship with 24 ports dedicated only to wireless use.

The final phase of Foundry's strategy is to upgrade its BigIron chassis product early next year.

Scott Tyler Shafer writes for InfoWorld

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