(Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.)
Interop presented an exciting opportunity for those in the technology and telecommunications space as it brought multiple players together in one location to provide informative presentation on new offerings, next-generation technologies and opportunities for the coming year.
TMCnet took advantage of the opportunity to speak with a number of key industry players, including Don Bush, Director of Marketing with CradlePoint (News
). Bush visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured on video.
During the interview with TMCnet's Erik Linask (News
), Bush talked about the company's PHS300 Personal WiFi Hotspot
- a compact router device which connects to a user's laptop to create a WiFi (News
) hotspot supporting up to 16 users. The cool thing about this battery-powered device is that it can connect multiple users to a 3G/4G network by inserting a wireless broadband card. Interestingly, it can actually support up to five broadband cards at once - regardless of which carriers' services are being used. All of the ports are load balanced, so users can also leverage this device to increase bandwidth.
'All you have to do is take your wireless broadband card, plug it in, turn the device on and now you have a hot spot for up to 16 people,' Bush explained, adding that the device delivers up to 150 feet of range and also comes integrated with 'enterprise level security.'
Another advantage of this product, compared to similar offerings from competitors, is that 'you never have to manage the software manager that you'd normally have to put on your laptop,' Bush explained. 'This device does all the management for you. It's a true router. When you get into the firmware, you can set it for VoIP, or data, or for other things - so if you're using it with business applications, you're going to love this thing.'
Another cool feature is that it provides a reliable business continuity solution, in that it allows for automatic failover to a 3G/4G connection in the event the company network or Internet service goes down.
Bush said the PHS300 Personal WiFi Hotspot from CradlePoint is ideal for small offices with 15 to 20 people. He added that it is also ideal for remote locations where it is too costly or difficult to install a broadband line - for example, he has one customer that sets up construction trailers, and he's been finding that it is ideal for this application.
'Try getting a DSL modem in a construction trailer,' Bush said rhetorically. 'It can be a lot to set up something like that on a temporary basis. … plus there's the risk that your DSL line will get cut…'
Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Patrick Barnard