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Airespace Gets D-Linked

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2/25/2004

D-Link Systems Inc. has teamed up with Airespace Inc. to create an enterprise access point using the switch startup's preferred LWAPP protocol.

LWAPP (Lightweight Access Point Protocol) is being pushed by Airespace and others as a potential Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard that defines how APs communicate with these new fangled wireless LAN switches [ed. note: they only speak when spoken to?]. (See Startups Back LWAPP.)

The new D-Link access point is expected to be available in the Spring. It should work with controllers from both Airespace and its partner NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701), according to Alan Cohen, VP of marketing at the startup (see NEC Gears Up for WLANs).

The partnership is good news for Airespace, which gets another supplier of access points that work with its switch, and another push for its LWAPP efforts.

D-Link is mainly known as a supplier of SOHO gear in the U.S., although Cohen claims that the firm has more of an enterprise business in Japan.

The LWAPP-compatible access point could represent more of a stateside push for the firm's enterprise ambitions, as Cohen says that the partnership will focus on the North American market.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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