Pakedge Adds WAP-W5N Wireless Access Point

Pakedge Device & Software is now shipping its WAP-W5N Wireless Access Point and Controller, which incorporates Virtual Cell Technology to enable multiple wireless access points in a large installation to function as a single "virtual" wireless access point (WAP) and enable seamless Wi Fi roaming.
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Pakedge Device & Software is now shipping its WAP-W5N Wireless Access Point and Controller, which incorporates Virtual Cell Technology to enable multiple wireless access points in a large installation to function as a single "virtual" wireless access point (WAP) and enable seamless Wi Fi roaming.

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The Pakedge WAP-W5N Wireless Access Point and Controller incorporates Virtual Cell Technology.


Wireless networks that cover a large area, such as those installed in larger homes or businesses, require multiple wireless access points to achieve adequate coverage. However, when a person moves from the coverage area of one wireless access point to another, there is typically an interruption in service as one WAP "hands off" to another. The result is an interrupted video stream, phone call, or data stream.

In addition, the touchpanels used for controlling devices in a home network need to send out a steady stream of commands, without delays -- or the devices will not respond as intended.

The Pakedge WAP-W5N and its companion CTL-W5N Wireless Virtualization Management Controller use Virtual Cell Technology to tie the operation of all the wireless access points in a network together so that they all appear as a single wireless access point to a device (client) such as a laptop, iPad, touchpanel, or a WiFi phone using VoIP. The result is glitch-free roaming over the entire network, because the client device always "sees" a single WAP and never has to initiate a handoff as in other WiFi systems.

A single dedicated Virtual WAP is created for each client on the network. This dedicated WAP can be personalized to the client around speed and bandwidth, to optimize the performance of the applications the device needs to run. Similar to a wired Ethernet port, this "virtual port" eliminates latency, jitter and competition for bandwidth, since there is always only one client on each "wireless" port.

Like all Pakedge products, the WAP-W5N is designed for ease of installation and total reliability in custom installation audio/video systems, home networks, security systems, and enterprise-class networks. It features six simultaneous dual-band radios with omnidirectional antennas, for reliable operation over a wide coverage area. The WAP-W5N is preconfigured to work with Pakedge routers and VLAN (virtual local area network) switch solutions, and provides centralized configuration and management for ease of deployment, multilayer security and scalability, while eliminating co-channel interference and the need for channel planning. If additional WAPs are plugged into the network, they will automatically configure.

The WAP-W5N is powered by a standard 802.3af Power-over Ethernet (PoE) power source. It supports all 802.11a/b/g/n devices, with 802.11n support in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands using 40MHz channel bonding.

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