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Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP

Wireless LAN equipment manufacturer Netgear Inc. is aiming to sell more boxes to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) by adding features to its latest products that can support future applications such as voice-over-IP (VOIP).

Netgear has added quality-of-service (QoS) extensions to its latest access points, making its move months before such features are expected to be ratified in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE)'s 802.11e standard (see Netgear's Indoor Speeding for more on Netgear's new access points).

"It's a pre-802.11e type-of-thing," confirms Lo.

QoS extensions are one of the building blocks of VOIP-over-WLAN [Ed. note: we really need a snappy name for this stuff: WiVox, anyone?]. The extensions are meant to ensure that voice traffic is prioritized above data flows on the network (see Is 802.11 Ready for VOIP?) for more on this).

Lo says one of the reasons Netgear is already adding basic VOIP functionality to its products is that cheaper IP phones are set to enter the market before the 802.11e standard is signed off. "We see a lot of Taiwanese vendors coming [into that market]," he adds.

Netgear's head man expects the 802.11e standard to be ratified in the summer of 2004, with full standards-based products shipped later that year.

Netgear, which also makes wired networking products, is the fourth largest supplier of small office, home office (SOHO) 802.11 gear. The company's CEO, Patrick Lo, says SMB sales currently represent around 25 percent of Netgear's wireless business. He is hoping that adding new features will strengthen this customer base.

— Dan Jones, Senior Editor, Unstrung

mardook 12/4/2012 | 11:27:02 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP Haven't you heard Dan, the cool sounding term is VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi)!
joset01 12/4/2012 | 11:27:01 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP Bleeeurgh!
bkuch 12/4/2012 | 11:26:51 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP Anyone have status on proquent? 3 months since last press release, no customer or funding announcements?
iaw1965 12/4/2012 | 11:26:49 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP I thought that one of the research points that came from the British Telecom Bluefone trial was that CISCO & BT had tried VoIPWiFi using spectralink handsets to connect to the SIP based system and failed!

Thus they had turned to Ericsson and a cast of 1000s to make it happen, or was the Norwood Press Relaese just vapour?

Unless the handset guys go for Broadcoms new chips then it will be Bluetooth LANs that connect handsets for VoIP. Thats the story that we are all going to have to get used to with CSFB running the Book for CSR; if the FT are to be believed and they are heading for IPO!

First off though lets see more VoIP in the SME marketplace just to prove that this convergence thing has wings ;-)
allipv4 12/4/2012 | 11:25:17 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP Kicked out from Orange lab, not invited in Vodafone, every single trial failed, bye bye
bkuch 12/4/2012 | 11:24:13 PM
re: Netgear Shifts Up for VOIP Too bad, I was hoping to hear they would be around. GGSN vendors have no competition, if proquent is gone.
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