Maspro extends WiFi range to rival WiMax

A Japanese manufacturer of wireless communications equipment has developed a transmission system for 802.11-based WiFi networks that rivals the new long-range WiMax technology.

A Japanese manufacturer of wireless communications equipment has developed a transmission system for 802.11-based WiFi networks that rivals the new long-range WiMax technology.

Maspro Denkoh has developed kit than can send WiFi data up to 5km. Current WiFi systems are designed for campus environments and geared to sending data over distances of just metres.

While WiMax is aimed at users without access to fixed-line broadband technology and is able to give them wireless broadband over several kilometres, some users may find Maspro’s solution preferable to WiMax.

The Maspro system uses the company’s high-gain antennas, which are compatible with standard 802.11b/g wireless communications equipment.

The antennas vary in shape and size. When fixed at both ends of a link, they can carry data over distances of between 1km and 5km, depending on the model of antenna chosen.

Maspro is promoting 802.11-based wireless packages designed for remote monitoring and security, and is selling video encoders, cameras and wireless access points to go with the antennas.

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