Packet Design Starts Spinning Out
Judy Estrin, Packet Design CEO, said, "With a wireless standard now in place and prices dramatically declining for access points and adapters, wireless Ethernet is taking off. Through grass-roots efforts in corporate departments, universities, even apartment buildings, some three million IEEE 802.11 nodes are expected to be deployed by the end of 2001. But enterprises have been reluctant to plan major wireless rollouts because IEEE 802.11, created simply as a low-level (layer 2) Ethernet wire-replacement technique, lacks the higher-layer attributes -- authentication, roaming and service awareness -- needed to support enterprise mobility. The charter of Vernier Networks is to raise IEEE 802.11 from the wire-replacement level to a real working network at the IP layer (layer 3) and above."