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Foundry Networks has launched wireless Lan (WLAN) access points and software to help increase the capacity and security of enterprise wireless networks, and has added a new location management offering.

This combination is aimed to help run services such as VoIP and location tracking on a single 802.11 infrastructure.

Foundry's IronPoint Mobility AP150 access point, based on technology from Meru Networks, can support up to 120 WLAN connections, for large public spaces or high traffic areas. The IronPoint Mobility Radio Switch 4000 has dual 802.11a and 802.11g radios, and support for as many as 256 connections.

These devices, combined with IronPoint Wireless Location Manager 2.02 software, let users deploy such services as rogue access point detection, and employee or asset tracking.

The AP150 and 4000 provide multiple radio coverage and the ability to deploy an entire WLAN with a single 802.11 channel and a single SSID. Foundry said this simplifies management and configuration for administrators.

The new IronPoint gear also supports in-the-air quality of service, where the devices prioritise certain types of traffic over the air. Other equipment applies QoS settings to data or voice traffic only once packets hit the wired network at the access point, Foundry claims.

The IronPoint Mobility Radio Switch 4000 costs $2,100 or $2,200, depending on whether it is fitted with a 180-degree or 360-degree antenna. The IronPoint Mobility AP150 costs $525, and the IronPoint Wireless Location Manager 2.02 software costs $8,000. The products will be available next month.

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