New AP-4000 Access Point Raises the Bar with Industry-Leading Performance,
Advanced Security and Increased Manageability
London, United Kingdom, February 9, 2004 – Proxim Corporation (Nasdaq: PROX), a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless, today introduced a new generation of Wi-Fi access points for enterprise customers. The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is an enterprise-class, tri-mode access point that delivers unprecedented capacity, rigorous security and scalability, and increased reliability and manageability – all features that have become increasingly important to enterprises and their users.
With standard, built-in 802.11b/g and 802.11a radios, the AP-4000 is the first enterprise-class access point to offer automatic support for all Wi-Fi client types. Proactive security measures including rogue access point detection, coupled with secure management interfaces such as SNMPv3 and HTTPS and industry standard Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) make the AP-4000 Access Point an ideal solution for Fortune 1000 organizations as well as small to medium enterprises, that wish to add mobility to their existing Ethernet networks, set up guest and employee networks, or simplify moves, adds and changes.
With the launch of this new Access Point, combined with the announcement (also issued today) of Proxim’s ORiNOCO Switching System, Proxim can offer customers the most appropriate Wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture for their deployment size and applications. Proxim’s new ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is designed primarily for data-oriented networks and vertical voice deployments, such as healthcare, education and retail.
“Proxim is unique in its ability to deliver a full set of solutions for wireless convergence – from indoor/outdoor products that extend service reach for service providers, to data, voice and cellular over Wi-Fi, to give enterprise users the integrated, mobile connectivity they require,” said Kevin Duffy, vice president of product management and R&D. “Our new generation ORiNOCO AP-4000 represents an unprecedented level of performance and functionality for access points and will give our customers the ability to quickly and cost-effectively deploy Wi-Fi for mobile enterprise and hot spot applications. The combination of this new access point with Proxim’s ORiNOCO Switching System and our complete set of point-to-point and multipoint wireless broadband solutions, clearly sets Proxim apart from other wireless vendors in the market.”
The University of Tennessee at Knoxville currently uses over 1,250 Proxim ORiNOCO AP-2000s to give Wi-Fi access to students, faculty and staff across campus. The University is now evaluating the wireless capabilities of the new ORiNOCO AP-4000. Philippe Hanset, senior network engineer, at University of Tennessee, commented, “Proxim's new AP-4000 family delivers the added scalability we need to expand the reach of our wireless network as we add buildings, departments and new users. We look forward to seeing how the added features of this new generation of APs can take our network even further.”
Advanced Capabilities to Simplify Installation, Increase WLAN Reliability
The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point greatly reduces deployment costs through features such as automatic channel selection, cell-sizing control for different user densities and support for standard Power over Ethernet (IEEE 802.3af). To further increase WLAN reliability, the AP-4000 uniquely offers assured software upgrade, ensuring a valid firmware image is in use at all times, which is especially important for updates of large networks. Support for up to sixteen separate VLANs per radio with different security settings, maximizes flexibility by allowing multiple networks on the same access point for different user communities, such as employees, contractors and guests.
In addition, the AP-4000 is completely software upgradeable to address users’ current applications and enable easy, low-cost migration to new applications in the future.
The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point offers a new, industry-leading level of performance with effective throughput of 40Mbps and the highest standard capacity available with support for up to 15 independent channels.
The AP-4000 offers the highest levels of security available, including WPA and is software-upgradeable to Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and IEEE 802.11i. Proactive rogue AP detection in both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands coupled with Wavelink Mobile Manager delivers location identification and shut-down of potential security vulnerabilities.
Since integrating wired and wireless LAN network management is key to keeping enterprise costs down, the AP-4000 includes a full set of secure management interfaces including SNMPv3 for integration with HP OpenView and other SNMP managers, RADIUS authentication, and HTTP via SSL.
Part of Proxim’s Complete Wireless Networking Portfolio
The ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is part of Proxim’s full range of wireless networking solutions for enterprises and carriers and one of two, next-generation product families that the company announced this week. Also announced today was Proxim’s ORiNOCO Switching System, the first in the industry to effectively address convergence of voice, cellular and data traffic and seamless handoff of voice services between Wi-Fi and cellular voice networks.
Pricing and Availability
The new ORiNOCO AP-4000 Access Point is available now with an MSRP of $899.00.
Proxim Corporation is a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks. The company is providing its enterprise and service provider customers with wireless solutions for the mobile enterprise, security and surveillance, last mile access, voice and data backhaul, public hot spots, and metropolitan area networks. This press release and more information about Proxim can be found on the Web at www.proxim.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from Proxim’s expectations in these statements. For additional information regarding risks relating to Proxim's business, see Proxim Corporation's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2002, Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2003, and March 28, 2003, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other relevant materials filed by Proxim with the SEC. Proxim assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
Lynn Webster-Scott/Mark Groves
Hoffman Europe for Proxim Corporation
+44 (0) 1784 487 920
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