Trapeze Delivers WLAN Software

Trapeze Networks delivers new WLAN deployment software

November 22, 2004

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PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Trapeze Networks(tm), maker of award-winning wireless local area networking (WLAN) systems, today announced upgrades to its Mobility System Software(tm) that enable a new model of wireless deployment. Using Virtual Service Sets(tm), networks built with Trapeze equipment can deliver public and private WLAN services anywhere, over a single infrastructure to different constituencies while securing and isolating each group's traffic and controlling where they roam and the resources they use. Trapeze Web Services for Wireless, another new feature set, are a complete package of browser based services for authenticating users and precisely regulating their access to network resources, accounting for network usage, and offering advertising and promotional services. Trapeze is also delivering a Guest Provisioning Application that makes itsimple to enable visitor access to a wireless network.

These new capabilities are targeted at mixed-use environments including: transportation hubs such as airports and rail stations, shopping malls, colleges and universities, and multi-tenant commercial and residential properties.

Virtual Service Sets allow a wireless network to be virtualised so disparate services can coexist on the same wireless infrastructure. Each component that comprises a service is configured separately:

  • Up to 64 BSSIDs (32 per radio) are available in a singleaccess point, each of which can support a different service

  • Any mix of authentication or encryption can be used on anyBSSID, making it simple to support diverse security requirements or tomigrate from one method to another

  • VLAN configurations can be controlled separately toguarantee compatibility with whatever network they are attached to

  • Unique mobility policies can be defined for every serviceset

  • Completely separate Authentication, Authorization, andAccounting (AAA) services can be configured, or AAA can be shared

  • Fully customized web pages can be presented for each serviceset

    "We have found Trapeze's Virtual Service Sets to be a very useful tool in our network," said Chris Hessing, Head of Networking at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. "One way we use them is to provide the 802.1X client plug-ins that our users need. In certain areas of the building we broadcast both a secure and insecure network. The insecure network is restricted to getting information and software to connect to the secure network. This helps us eliminate the chicken and the egg problem of providing 802.1X software over the network, but requiring 802.1X to get it."

    Trapeze Networks Inc.

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