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June 20, 2011

Black Box's SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Simplifies Wireless Management

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Black Box (News - Alert), a communications system integrator dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing and maintaining today’s communications solutions, announced the launch of SmartPath Enterprise Wireless for wireless management.

The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless is a new type of 802.11n technology that moves (WLAN) wireless management to the cloud and simplifies upgrades to Wi-Fi communications.

By launching the SmartPath Enterprise Wireless, BlackBox’s trying to offer better reliability and throughput as compared with rivals’ wired Ethernet networks.

Bringing better management to wireless networks with any number of access points (APs), the new 802.11n technology does not use expensive WLAN controllers, and all APs can be managed from the cloud.

As this is an easy-to-use system, customers can purchase the APs and subscribe to Black Box’s on-line SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS) to manage their APs.

“SmartPath removes the expensive controller from the buying process,” said Keith Ross, wireless product manager for Black Box, in a statement.

“Plus, with no controller hardware to install, configure, or patch, you can manage an entire wireless enterprise from anywhere. If the connection to the cloud is temporarily lost, the APs will continue to function on their own. No backup controllers are needed for redundancy,” Ross added.

SmartPath AP has the capability to join the network automatically and contact the EMS in the cloud. Through the EMS system’s GUI platform, an administrator can manage multiple APs in various locations.

The SmartPath architecture eliminates single points of failure and reduces traffic backhauling to the network core. For businesses and schools, it is a cost-effective way to provide next-generation 802.11n wireless to their organizations.

Recently Black Box announced a partnership with Trident Systems, a provider of hardware and software systems to military and commercial clients, to offer Trident touch screens for Black Box iCOMPEL digital signage displays.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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