Making It Work Together

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-05-03 Print this article Print

Conover said that while some companies have tried to make use of existing WLAN products to create a voice-capable wireless handset, Trapeze and DaVitas were the first to actually make it work. "No one has worked on optimizing it," he said, adding that Wi-Fi products arent normally designed to handle stations that are in motion.
"You need to make a lot of changes to do this," Conover said, adding that Trapeze has also optimized its own mobility software to support this capability.
Conover said that he thinks that Nokia and Symbol Technologies will be among the first handset manufacturers to make phones that can work with the Trapeze-DaVitas products. He said that the converged communications devices should work with any SIP-capable PBX. He said that currently the handset code will work with Windows Mobile and Symbian phones, and will be working with Linux based devices very soon. In a related move, hardware vendor D-Link is extending the companys current relationship with Trapeze to deliver a new wireless switch capability for its xStack 3200 series switches. These data center layer-2 devices can now be upgraded to support wireless switching. This will allow companies to have up to 720 ports of 10/100/1000 Ethernet that will support fast-roaming, automatic failover for failed access points, and to detect rogue access points. The new software for the 3200 series switches will be available within two weeks, according to systems engineer Chris White, who was involved with the design of the new switch feature. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.

Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazineÔÇÖs Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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