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Washington State Ferry System Offers Wi-Fi® to Passengers on Boats Using Proxim’s Wireless Backhaul

Proxim’s Products Provide Vessel-to-Shore Wireless Connectivity with High Throughput to Support Data, Voice and Video


Silicon Valley, April 29, 2009Proxim Wireless Corporation (OTCQX: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that the Washington State Ferry (WSF) system has deployed Proxim’s license-free WiMAX solutions to provide wireless backhaul to their entire fleet of vessels, enabling them to offer Wi-Fi access to all passengers. WSF has utilized a combination of Proxim’s Tsunami™ MP.11 5054-R base station units and Tsunami MP.11 5054-LR base and subscriber units to provide point-to-multipoint connectivity with over 12 Mbps throughput to every vessel.


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WSF carries 25,000 passengers per day on 500 sailings. Wi-Fi service is available on 15 vessels ranging in size from 460 ft. vessels that carry 2,500 passengers and 200+ cars and trucks down to the smallest that carry about 1000 passengers and 80 cars and trucks. Users experience seamless internet coverage over five routes that vary in length from 2.8 miles to over 15.5 miles. Coverage is also provided at 11 of 14 WSF terminals.


To design the system, WSF contracted with Wi-Fi service provider Parsons Corp. of Irvine California, who sub-contracted system design, development and deployment to Sunrise Wireless, a San Francisco Bay Area wireless integrator. The original design goal was to provide a minimum of 12 Mbps throughput to each vessel in the WSF fleet, while guaranteeing an always-on connection.  The final solution using Proxim products exceeded that goal.


 


WSF has 25 vessels that run different routes from as far south as Port Defiance in Washington all the way up to Sidney in British Columbia, so one major challenge was developing a system that could maintain the high throughput levels and seamless connectivity regardless of where a vessel was located along a route and also be independent of what route a vessel was taking.


In addition to the size of the area that needed to be covered, Sunrise had the added challenge that water brings to all RF environments due to the added attenuation affects that water has on RF. After assessing connectivity needs and the present challenges, Sunrise determined that the only system that could meet users’ needs in a cost-effective manner was Proxim’s point-to-multipoint license-free WiMAX solution.


“We tested solutions from other wireless vendors, but had difficulty in getting reasonable performance particularly when it came to roaming over water – the requirements and environment were very demanding,” said Milt Gregory, President of Sunrise Wireless. “Satellite solutions would cost significantly more and provide less throughput than needed, so that wasn’t an option either. At the end of the day, Proxim’s WiMAX gear came through, and far exceeded the requirements for the project. We are consistently getting throughput that is significantly greater than the design goal of 12 Mbps, out to each vessel and throughout the system. Additionally, support from Proxim throughout the design and deployment has been exceptional – an important contribution because of the very harsh marine RF environment.”


The system, which is now completed and fully operational, connects 15 vessels with 11 terminals and numerous shoreline access points. And because Proxim’s products are providing greater throughput than the original 12 Mbps design goal, the system is already capable of supporting advanced wireless applications such as VoIP and streaming video in the future without requiring any additional radios.


“Wireless connectivity has become so ubiquitous that people just come to expect it wherever they are, whether they’re in stores, at coffee shops, or in public parks. Why shouldn’t they be able to remain connected while on the ferry each day?” said Robb Henshaw, Director of Marketing at Proxim Wireless. “At Proxim, all we do is wireless, so we have the focus and experience it takes to overcome challenging deployment environments like these and provide wireless connectivity that exceeds the performance of other solutions, and in a more cost-effective manner.”


About Sunrise Wireless


Sunrise Wireless is a pioneer in the development of marine Wi-Fi. Founded in 2003, the company has focused in general on mobile Wi-Fi/WiMax applications and has developed a specialization in bringing internet access to passengers and commuters as they move about in a marine environment. The company is committed to bringing advanced applications such as VoIP and streaming broadcast video to all mobile users through the use of Wi-Fi / WiMax technologies. For more information please call 408-892-2748.


About Proxim Wireless


Proxim Wireless Corporation (OTCQX: PRXM) is a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play of voice, video, data and mobility to all organizations today. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN connectivity and Point-to-Point backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.8 million wireless devices to more than 235,000 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail ir@proxim.com or call + 1 413-584-1425.

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Proxim’s Wireless Backhaul Eliminates Leased Line Costs for the City of Bee Cave, Texas


City Saves Over $7,800 Per Year by Connecting All Municipal Buildings with Wireless Backhaul


Silicon Valley, April 21, 2009Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that the City of Bee Cave, Texas has connected the city’s municipal buildings with Proxim’s point-to-point wireless backhaul technology. Using Proxim’s GigaLink® radios, the city not only increased the overall system bandwidth by 400x from 3 Mbps to 1.25 Gbps, but it also saved over $7,800 per year in leased line costs.


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“When we first made the decision to evaluate wireless backhaul technologies for connecting our municipal buildings, our primary concern was the ability to increase our bandwidth to enable future services,” said Richard Reynolds, CTO for the City of Bee Cave. “Proxim exceeded our expectations by providing over 400x the bandwidth of our previous wired system – and all for a fraction of the cost.”


With the large increase in bandwidth that the Proxim system provides, the city designed and implemented a Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) system for all municipal buildings. The City of Bee Cave was the first organization, public or private, to successfully integrate an open source VoIP solution with Microsoft Exchange 2007 and Unified Messaging in the Austin Metropolitan area. Utilizing open source solutions helped Bee Cave reduce costs in hardware, software, and licensing while expanding available services. Not only does the VoIP system reduce costs, but the system’s services were extended to field personnel via hand-held mobile devices, allowing employees to respond to citizen requests from anywhere, providing better service for citizens.


In addition, the system still has plenty of capacity to enable Bee Cave to offer additional services over time. The city is currently considering the future expansion of the network to offer outdoor Wi-Fi® connectivity to both the city’s 50 acre park as well as “The Backyard,” the city’s popular outdoor music venue which attracts many musicians from the thriving music scene of nearby Austin, Texas.


“With our end-to-end wireless portfolio, we can provide everything from wireless backhaul to WiMAX and point-to-multipoint solutions, as well as Wi-Fi/WLAN and wireless network management,” said Robb Henshaw, Director of Marketing for Proxim Wireless. “So as customers expand their networks to offer new services, we can provide the wireless components every step of the way.”


The City of Bee Cave worked with CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions for federal, state and local government agencies, to identify the best wireless solution for their needs and assist in the integration and deployment.


“The City of Bee Cave is a leader by example – showing how cities, regardless of size, can deploy technology to improve citizen service – and achieve a greater bang for their taxpayer dollars,” said Jim Grass, CDW-G vice president of state and local government sales.  “Working with CDW-G, the city was able to identify and implement the right solution for its needs.  Not only does the state-of-the-art Proxim Wireless solution support and connect this growing city, but more importantly, it also will allow the city to realize a significant and tangible ROI for years to come.”


About Proxim Wireless


Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play of voice, video, data and mobility to all organizations today. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN connectivity and Point-to-Point backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.8 million wireless devices to more than 235,000 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail ir@proxim.com or call +1 413-584-1425.

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CALTRANS and California Highway Patrol Utilize Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies for Life-Saving “Fog Pilot” Project



CALTRANS and California Highway Patrol Utilize Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies for Life-Saving “Fog Pilot” Project


Integrated Weather Detection and Traffic Safety System to Reduce Deadly Accidents Caused by Fog and Extreme Weather


Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) are utilizing technology from Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies (NASDAQ: ICXT) for an innovative system designed to reduce the frequency and severity of car crashes caused by fog and extreme weather. The “Fog Pilot” project is a comprehensive fog and reduced-speed warning system that will help protect motorists along a 12-mile stretch of freeway along State Route (SR) 99 in California’s Central Valley. This particular stretch of freeway is notorious for dangerous fog conditions, and was the site of a deadly 86-car collision in November of 2007.


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 “The combination of harsh fog conditions and irresponsible driving often result in deadly multi-vehicle accidents along this stretch of road,” said Central Division CHP Chief Jim Abrames. “This system will play a key role in identifying and alerting drivers to dangerous conditions, empowering them with the information necessary to take precaution and, ultimately, to save lives.”


As fog conditions increase in severity, traffic speeds tend to decrease rapidly. When you combine the rapid decrease in traffic speeds with decreased visibility, it makes it easy for faster traffic coming into heavy fog zones to collide with the slower traffic that they cannot see. The Fog Pilot system keeps drivers updated on upcoming speeds and visibility conditions in advance, so that drivers can slow down and adjust their driving as necessary.


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The Fog Pilot system, which was completed at the end of the year and is now operational, integrates multiple technologies including weather detection stations, microwave vehicle/motion detectors, visibility sensors, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and changeable message signs. All of these components communicate and are connected wirelessly via Proxim’s Tsunami™ MP.11 5054 base stations and 5012 subscriber units, which utilize high performance, license-free WiMAX technology to wirelessly transmit the large amount of data generated by the multiple components.  All of this data and all of the components in the system are centrally managed and controlled by ICx’s Cameleon ITS Transportation Management Software, which ties everything together into one integrated system. ICx worked closely with Moonblink Communications, a value added distributor focused on wireless technologies, to identify the technologies that would best serve this project.


A total of 21 weather sensors, traffic sensors placed every quarter mile, and a series of CCTV cameras all detect and gather a great deal of information including the severity of the fog, driver visibility, amount of traffic, traffic speeds and more. All of this information is then fed back to the Cameleon software via Proxim’s wireless radios, which are centrally managed via Proxim’s network management system, ProximVision ES. The Cameleon software then utilizes the data to create the warnings and updates that are communicated to drivers via the large changeable message signs, which are placed every half mile.


The key to driver safety, however, is how fast these alerts can be delivered to drivers. The Fog Pilot system uses advanced automation technology that can process and deliver the weather warnings automatically to drivers. The high performance and low latency of Proxim’s wireless technology enables these automated alerts to be processed and delivered to drivers in under 30 seconds.


“We have complete confidence that this system will both reduce accidents and save lives during the winter fog season,” said CALTRANS District 6 Director, Malcolm X. Dougherty. “Our $12 million investment in this system will be well worth it if it can help save even one life.”

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Radiant Networks Unwires City of Solon, Ohio with Proxim

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Radiant Networks Unwires City of Solon, OH


Radiant Networks Selects Proxim Wireless for Solon, Ohio’s Public WiFi Mesh Network


Solon, OH, December 3, 2008– Radiant Networks, with headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky and regional offices throughout the Midwest, today announced that the city of Solon, Ohio has deployed a public access mesh network using Proxim Wireless’ (NASDAQ: PRXM) ORiNOCO® Wi-Fi Mesh and Tsunami™ MP.11 point-to-multipoint product lines as the foundation. Radiant Networks, one of the country’s leading wireless engineering companies, performed the initial site survey and feasibility study to design a redundant wireless network. Working with Winncom Technologies Corporation – a Solon-based wireless distributor – to supply the hardware, Radiant then provided the turn-key installation and certification of the network.


Solon, Ohio is an affluent suburb approximately 20 miles east of Cleveland. With a population of approximately 24,000, the City planners have done an outstanding job blending its residential and business components into an ideal climate for living and working.  The success of the city allowed it to capture 42nd in Moneys “Best Places to Live” in 2005, and in 2007 it was named “Top Suburb” by Cleveland Magazine.  The city planners continue to work to improve the quality of life and business through this new wireless initiative.


The City of Solon envisioned using wireless technology as a key ingredient for community development and growth.  The initial network was to focus on two main applications to achieve this goal.  First, to provide free, public Wi-Fi access to their residents within their recently constructed Community Center and throughout their public parks area. And second, to create a wireless infrastructure that the city can use to provide low cost wireless access throughout the city of Solon. Radiant Networks designed the network using Proxim’s Tsunami™ MP.11 WiMAX-capable point-to-multipoint products and Proxim’s ORiNOCO® AP4000MR-LR high capacity, ruggedized Wi-Fi® mesh access points because they support voice, video, and data while minimizing latency and working in the harshest outdoor environments.


Free Wi-Fi access is now available in the Community Center and the Community Park.  The Solon Community Center is a  94,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that contains meeting and banquet rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, jogging track, aerobics studio, free weight room, rock climbing wall and a fitness area. The Solon Community Park is situated adjacent to the Community Center. Students and families can now gather outside and utilize a free public Wi-Fi network. The 40 acre Community Center / Community Park area includes 10 baseball diamonds, tennis courts, two playgrounds, a sand volley ball court, wooded walking paths, and pavilion areas. The wireless network supporting this application uses true mesh technology to create Wi-Fi cells and backhaul bridging with multiple fail over locations. A resident can log into the network within the Community Center, decide to catch some sun at the pool, and then walk to the baseball fields to catch a quick game, without ever losing their session connection.


The City of Solon understands that cost effective, high bandwidth network connectivity can help lure companies into their community and provide existing companies with alternatives.  Therefore, they asked Radiant Networks to design a wireless infrastructure that would accomplish this goal.  The resulting design is a wireless multipoint network utilizing the City of Solon’s own 250′ RF tower, which is located at the center of the city. From this tower, the city plans on utilizing high-speed wireless access as an alternative option to either T1 replacements, or redundant links.


Jeffery Pokorny, Director of Information Technology for the City of Solon said, “This is another of many ways a city can work with their community to provide needed services and enhanced communications to a global market. Working with local Radiant Networks personnel and local firms provided a personal value to the success of the project.”


About Radiant Networks


Radiant Networks is one of the country’s leading Wireless Engineering Companies.  Radiant Networks draws on their broad experience, acquired from being a vendor agnostic organization. The company’s expertise stems from its strong RF engineering skill sets. Radiant Networks was founded by wireless engineers, and focuses exclusively on wireless solutions.  Areas of focus are wireless site surveys, indoor and outdoor WiFi mesh deployments, multipoint solutions, point to point back haul systems, leased line replacement, location/asset tracking, and inventory management/handheld scanners. Vertical markets include Government, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, and Retail. Information about Radiant Networks can be found at www.radiant-networks.com or by phone at 1-866-411-WLAN (9526).


About Proxim Wireless


Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play of voice, video, data and mobility to all organizations today. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN connectivity and Point-to-Point backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.8 million wireless devices to more than 235,000 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail ir@proxim.com or call +1 413-584-1425.

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Over 1,000 New 802.11n Access Points Ordered from Proxim in First Week


Over 1,000 New 802.11n Access Points Ordered from Proxim in First Week


 


Immediate Market Traction Validates Performance and Value of Products


 


Silicon Valley, November 25, 2008Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that it has booked orders for over 1,000 of its new 802.11n Access Points (APs), the ORiNOCO AP-8000 and AP-800, within the first week after product launch. This immediate market response to Proxim’s new dual- and single-radio 802.11n APs validates the performance and value of these products.  Proxim also believes it demonstrates the beginning of a shift in wireless architectures away from centralized WLANs, which are costly and cause performance bottlenecks with the increased throughput of 802.11n, to the distributed WLAN architecture championed by Proxim.


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Announced just last week, on Monday, November 17, Proxim’s 802.11n solution is the first to achieve 320 Mbps of throughput with a dual-radio solution. And with Proxim’s distributed approach to WLANs, which eliminates the need for costly controller and wiring upgrades, organizations of all sizes can achieve higher performance than their existing wired and wireless LANs typically provide.


 


More Performance, Less Cost


Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-8000 dual-radio and AP-800 single-radio APs are the first 802.11n solution on the market to provide better performance than both existing wired and wireless LANs – without the cost and complexity of upgrading centralized WLANs – at half the price of existing wireless networks.


 



  • Higher Performance than Existing Wired LANs/WLANs Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-800 and AP-8000 provide the highest throughput available with single radio rates of over 170Mbps and dual radio rates of 320Mbps – 7x the throughput of existing typical WLANs.

  • Half the Cost of Existing WLANs – With the added range and throughput, ORiNOCO 802.11n deployments cost only half of today’s 802.11a/b/g networks when deployed to achieve the same capacity.

  • Reduced Cost of Upgrading to 802.11n – ORiNOCO 802.11n APs are the only 802.11n APs on the market that avoid costly power upgrades and deployment issues by achieving complete 802.3af (PoE) compliance in all configurations and using the same mounting hardware as existing Proxim APs.


 


“We have had our 802.11g wireless network up and running now for 4 years, and though we’ve been hearing about the many benefits of upgrading to 802.11n over the last couple of years, the migration path has always seemed too daunting or expensive,” said David Watson, Network Manager at Shoreline School District near Seattle, Washington. “With Proxim’s 802.11n solution, however, we were able to replace our old APs with the new ORiNOCO AP-8000s in a snap because they use the existing mounting hardware and don’t require an extra PoE cable like other solutions. We had everything up and running in a matter of hours, and based on the coverage and performance we’ve experienced, I can say that we’re consistently getting 3x the performance of our old WLAN at half the cost of competing solutions.”


 


For Additional Information


To learn more about Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-8000 and AP-800 solutions, please visit http://www.proxim.com/products/ap_8000/. To see what the media is saying about Proxim’s solution, please visit http://www.proxim.com/about/pressroom/news.aspx.

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Proxim is First to Break the 300 Mbps Speed Barrier for 802.11n Solutions, Enabling WLAN Networks at Half the Cost


Proxim is First to Break the 300 Mbps Speed Barrier for 802.11n Solutions, Enabling WLAN Networks at Half the Cost


Proxim’s 802.11n APs Reduce Cost and Simplify Deployments While Achieving Industry’s Highest Throughput


Silicon Valley, November 17, 2008Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced the availability of the industry’s first 802.11n solution to achieve 320 Mbps of throughput with a dual-radio solution.  In addition, Proxim’s new 802.11n products have been designed to be customer-friendly and overcome the barriers of cost and complexity faced by competing products to deliver 802.11n networks at half the price of existing WLANs. With Proxim’s ORiNOCO® AP-8000 and AP-800 802.11n access points, organizations of all sizes can achieve higher performance than their existing wired and wireless LANs while avoiding the costly controller upgrades, deployment challenges, and additional network planning that have deterred enterprises from upgrading to 802.11n.


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Realizing the Truly Unwired Enterprise


IEEE 802.11n is the next generation of the Wi-Fi standard.  The primary advantages of 802.11n-compliant products are significantly higher throughput and longer range. With the advent of 802.11n technology, the truly unwired enterprise is possible – yet many organizations cite the high cost of migration and the complexity of deployment as barriers to moving to 802.11n.


Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-8000 dual-radio and AP-800 single-radio APs overcome the challenges hindering adoption by achieving numerous key industry firsts:



  • First 802.11n solution to achieve greater than 300 Mbps throughput performance, with dual-radio throughput rates tested at 320 Mbps

  • First 802.11n solution to work within the 802.3af (POE) power requirements in both single- and dual-radio 3×3 MIMO 11n configurations, eliminating the cost and hassle of additional wires and power injectors to each AP that are typically required with competitive 802.11n products

  • First solution to support Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) globally in all 5 GHz bands, which eliminates the worry of network interoperability and interference and provides 10 times the number of channels available at 2.4 GHz

  • First solution to support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz operation on each 802.11n radio, providing the flexibility for deployment in various environments

  • First 802.11n solution that utilizes the same mounting hardware as existing Proxim 802.11a/b/g APs, greatly simplifying upgrades unlike competitive 802.11n products which often require new mounting hardware


“802.11n is the most important development in wireless LANs since the original standard of 1997,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Proxim has been building wireless LANs since before there was 802.11 and Wi-Fi, and their experience shows with new .11n products that allow for simplified upgrades to existing installations and also appeal to those just getting started with wireless LANs. 802.11n offers better performance than most wired networks, along with the flexibility and convenience of mobility - Proxim’s announcement clearly shows that the era of the unwired enterprise has truly arrived.”


Proxim ORiNOCO AP-8000 and AP-800


Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-8000 and ORiNOCO AP-800 access points enable the industry’s highest performance, easiest to use, and most cost-effective 802.11n networks for enterprises of all sizes. Proxim 802.11n solutions have achieved the industry’s highest performance to date with throughput exceeding 170 Mbps with a single radio and 320 Mbps with a dual radio solution. However, Proxim focused on more than just introducing a product with the industry’s leading throughput – Proxim engineered its products to be simple for its customers to use.  Many competitive products require substantial investment in additional infrastructure before they can be installed. These real-world costs can quickly deter enterprises from upgrading to enjoy the benefits offered by 802.11n products.  Proxim’s AP-8000 and AP-800 provide an 802.11n solution that enables customers to quickly, easily and cost-effectively deploy the highest-performance 802.11n network available.


“Proxim has been responsible for deploying and managing our Wireless LAN for the past 7 years at each of our Microsoft TechEd EMEA conferences. This year we had 4300 connected wireless users at the IT Professionals conference in Barcelona where Proxim had installed 5 of their brand new 802.11n access points. The access points performed flawlessly at the conference with a peak usage of 70 users per radio and peak throughput of 175 Mbps,” said Luca Balbo, Group Manager, Event Marketing at Microsoft Corporation. “We have added an additional 2 access points for this week’s Developers Conference and will also be using the AP-8000 at next week’s Microsoft Convergence conference in Copenhagen. These events have a very large number of power users and the performance of Proxim’s new 802.11n access point has been remarkable.”


Higher Performance than Existing Wired LANs/WLANs


Proxim’s ORiNOCO 802.11n products enable enterprises of all size to finally unwire the wired LAN by providing greater performance than existing Ethernet networks.



  • Highest throughput with single radio rates of over 170Mbps and dual radio rates of 320Mbps

  • Substantially higher throughput than typical 10/100 wired LANs

  • No need to run new cable to add stations to a LAN

  • 7x the throughput of existing typical WLANs

  • High reliability for quad play applications

  • The only solution to provide dual 2.4 GHz and dual 5GHz operation

  • The first solution certified to work for the entire 5 GHz spectrum worldwide


Half the Cost of Existing WLANs


Proxim’s 802.11n solution drastically reduces the cost of WLAN deployments using 802.11a/b/g products.



  • With the added range and throughput, ORiNOCO 802.11n deployments cost only half of today’s 802.11a/b/g networks when deployed to achieve the same capacity

  • Proxim’s 802.11n solution provides two times the range of standard 802.11a/b/g APs to ensure enhanced signal strength to hard-to-reach clients in the office, which simplifies deployment


Reduced Cost of Upgrading to 802.11n


Proxim’s ORiNOCO 802.11n products are the first to overcome the deployment challenges and the associated costs of competitive 802.11n products by eliminating the need for forklift upgrades, additional wiring, or additional network planning.



  • Because Proxim does not require costly WLAN controllers, Proxim 802.11n networks can cost-effectively scale to meet increasing bandwidth demands in the future

  • ORiNOCO 802.11n APs are the only APs on the market that are completely 802.3af compliant in all configurations, which avoids the cost of additional wiring or power injectors as required by 802.3at compliant APs

  • Proxim’s 802.11n APs utilize the same mounting hardware as existing Proxim 802.11a/b/g APs, enabling simple swap out of old APs and making upgrades a snap


Distributed WLANs with Centralized Management


To provide centralized management of Proxim 802.11n networks, the ProximVision ES network management system supports the ORiNOCO AP-8000 and AP-800 products. The ProximVision ES network management system provides rapid network deployment and mobile configuration – providing a complete view of the wireless network and comprehensive device configuration. The product installs on Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows Vista and supports SNMPv1, SNMPv2 and SNMPv3. Primary benefits include:



  • Rapid Network Deployment ProximVision ES automates configuration processes for faster, more efficient deployment of Proxim Wireless networks.

  • Mobile Configuration Capabilities ProximVision ES gives network managers a mobile option for exhaustive device configuration with a software-based tool.

  • Greater Ease of Use and Upgradability ProximVision ES can support a greater number of APs than competitively priced solutions and provides the simplest path to configuration and upgrade.


Pricing and Availability


Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-8000 (dual-radio) and AP-800 (single-radio) products are available immediately for $1,099 and $799 respectively. For more information on how to buy, please visit: http://proxim.com/buy/default.aspx.

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Proxim Wireless Selected as the WLAN of Choice for Microsoft’s TechEd Event for the Seventh Consecutive Year


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Proxim Wireless Selected as the WLAN of Choice for Microsoft’s TechEd Event for the Seventh Consecutive Year


 


Proxim’s WLAN to Provide VoIP and Data Connectivity to Over 5,000 Attendees


 


Silicon Valley, November 4, 2008 – Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM), a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that Microsoft Corporation has selected Proxim to provide the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) for both its TechEd Professional and TechEd Developer events, which are being held in Barcelona, Spain. This is the seventh consecutive year that Microsoft has selected Proxim to provide the high-performance WLAN capable of supporting data connectivity and wireless VoIP for the more than 5,000 expected attendees of each event.


 


“Our TechEd events are the premier technology education conferences for both IT professionals and developers alike. The wireless network we select each year is crucial not only to keep the conference running smoothly, but to keep our attendees connected and productive throughout the event,” said Luca Balbo, Group Manager, WW Event Marketing at Microsoft Corporation. “The reason we have selected Proxim for our WLAN at these events for seven years in a row is clear – Proxim’s WLANs simply work. They are easy to install, are very cost effective and provide the high-performance needed to handle the demanding network environment of these conferences.”


 


For both events, Microsoft will be deploying Proxim’s ORiNOCO® AP-4000 access points to provide the high-throughput, security and manageability needed for a network of this size. The entire Proxim WLAN can be installed and operational in a single day, which makes preparation much easier for onsite IT staff while saving time and money. Proxim’s network management solutions provide simple, centralized management of the entire network, as well as enhanced QoS.


 


For more information on Microsoft’s TechEd Professional, taking place from November 3-7, 2008, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/itpro/registration/. For more information on Microsoft’s TechEd Developer, taking place from November 10-14, 2008, visit http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/developer/default.aspx.


 


About Proxim Wireless


Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM) is a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play of voice, video, data and mobility to all organizations today. Our systems enable a variety of wireless applications including security and surveillance, VoIP, last mile access, enterprise LAN connectivity and Point-to-Point backhaul. We have shipped more than 1.8 million wireless devices to more than 235,000 customers in over 65 countries worldwide. Proxim is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim can be found at www.proxim.com. For investor relations information, e-mail ir@proxim.com or call +1 413-584-1425.

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