A Dutch company and its British partner claims their WiFi access gear can to do most of what WiMax promises for a fraction of the cost, says TechWorld. The technology, called InspiAir, though, Dutch distributor KMC Systems has acquired the worldwide sales rights, renaming it Max-Fi.
“It’s not bumping up the power – it’s standard 802.11 and it works with your existing laptops, yet even at 2km range you can get 1 or 2Mbit/s,” said John Duffin, the business development director at VPNet, Max-Fi’s UK distributor. Each Max-Fi AirEZ 4000 rugged access point has four 802.11a/b/g radios. The company claims it can support up to 300 users.
Max-Fi gear was recently chosen by the Port of Antwerp, which has covered 30 square kilometres with just 14 access points. According to Rabenau, the Max-Fi access points cost around 1,500 Euro per radio.
How do they do it? The company says a unique algorithm is at the core of all InspiAir deployments. An RF Routing Protocol (RP) enables multiple entry points and multiple exit points. Access points talk directly to a central hub, rather than routing data through short hops via mesh networking, says WifiPlanet.