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Wireless Expressways Intros Waveguide-based System that Helps Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Difficulties in Warehouses, Factories

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December 13, 2012

Wireless Expressways Intros Waveguide-based System that Helps Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Difficulties in Warehouses, Factories

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor


Wireless Expressways, Inc. (WE), a company focused on providing solutions to the increasing problem of unpredictable wireless coverage in indoor locations, has introduced a new wireless distribution system that offers reliable wireless coverage.

The new system uses the company-developed waveguide technology, and is usually placed under the red iron along a cross aisle at the ends of the product aisles – or in a pass-through aisle in the middle of a group of aisles.

Nothing else is required in other areas.

WE has developed this low-loss, inexpensive system to transport and distribute high-quality signals throughout indoor facilities. The system works with any 2.4GHz transceiver that has antenna connectors, such as high/low-power Wi-Fi, ZigBee, or Bluetooth devices.

WE waveguide systems provide remarkably large coverage areas with far fewer access points. The company recovers what would normally be lost signal power and uses it to better serve all client areas. And fewer APs mean fewer switch or wireless controller ports, UTP runs to APs, and lower ongoing maintenance for far better, more reliable wireless communications.

The company has also improved the battery life of low-power sensors and environmentally powered sensors, made feasible in difficult applications.

"Our strategy is to efficiently transport wireless signals to users by going around signal-absorbing warehouse racks, and over signal-scattering clutter to distribute wide-area signals to clients," commented Charles Becker, president of WE.

Becker said they view their waveguide systems as 'short-circuiting' space to supply equal, high-quality, high-speed signals to all users and the increased coverage is dramatic. Many of their system trials have been in large warehouses, a notoriously difficult WLAN environment, and now the tests show they can fully cover a typical 40ksqft warehouse containing eight 175-foot aisles and nine fully loaded racks with signals to clients that are 100-1,000 times greater than the power level required for full 11Mbps, 802.11bg operation.

“That's a very high signal safety margin. And only one access point transmitting 100milliwatts is needed for coverage,” he added. “Delay-causing roaming events are significantly decreased. Up to two more APs on independent channels can be added on a waveguide backbone for AP backup, additional bandwidth, and/or a separate VOIP channel. These features are unique to our waveguide-based systems."

Officials at WE confirmed that the limited production of products at 2.4GHz has commenced and full production of 2.4GHz and 5GHz systems will start during Q1 2013.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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