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Wireless Bytes

Bigger is better in the world of wireless LAN this week:

Troposphere: Wireless LAN mesh startup Tropos Networks has unveiled its latest 802.11 deployment in Jamestown, N.Y.

The firm has put together a wireless public safety network that covers just over two square miles in Jamestown. The network uses 37 Tropos boxes -- 35 out in the open and two indoors -- each providing around a quarter mile of wireless coverage.

"It's quite hilly," says Tropos's marketing man Bert Williams of Jamestown.

The firm is also working on its WiMax strategy. Williams says Tropos is already in discussion with vendors about doing "some sort of interoperability partnership."

This is the first stage of Tropos's WiMax strategy, using third-party units to provide backhaul for its wireless LAN mesh boxes. Eventually, the firm hopes to develop its own WiMax mesh products, which should boost the range of its wireless products.

Planet o' Cash: Wireless LAN management software startup Roving Planet Inc. has gathered in another $6 million in venture funding, with Starvest Partners leading the round.

Roving Planet has so far raised $19.5 million in VC funding. The firm says it will spend the latest bundle on developing software modules and building up its sales and marketing efforts [ed. note: surprise!]. (See Roving Planet Secures $6M.)

Meru Goes Medical: Wireless LAN startup Meru Networks Inc. has won a deal to unwire the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. The network will cover 2.5 million square feet at the school and is intended to provide wireless access to voice, data, video, and medical records for users (see Meru Wins at Miami U).

A spokesman for the company says the school has installed 300 Meru APs across the campus, with another 300 on order. Within the next two years, the network will be built out to support up to 2,200 concurrent wireless connections throughout the medical center and its affiliates.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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