Tropos Networks has beefed up its gear by releasing the first in a product family of routers to give growing number of
municipalities more choices in citywide wireless access.
The Tropos 5320 MetroMesh dual-band Wi-Fi router is equipping
wireless mesh networks being built in San Francisco, Philadelphia and
The router allows cities to tailor the amount of capacity and investment
in mesh networking projects, according to Bert
Williams, marketing director for Tropos, who said the networks are becoming very popular.
Unlike previous mesh routers, the 5320 employs two wireless radios
with intelligent software better able to decrease interference and
provide more options for cities, according to Tropos.
Typical two-radio routers designate a high-bandwidth 5GHz radio for
While it enables a higher capacity, the 5GHz spectrum
often faces interference from walls or leaves on a tree.
reason, the second mesh radio employs 2.4GHz, providing users a
network connection that doesn’t require line-of-sight to operate.
An enhanced MetroMesh operating system dynamically determines which
band is best suited for a city.
A municipality could use 5GHz in
areas where they need to increase capacity, but turn to 2.4 GHz in
areas with fewer users, Williams told internetnews.com.
Saar Gillai, vice
president of engineering at Tropos, said in a statement that mesh vendors without significant outdoor deployment experience throw
a bunch of radios in a box and think they’re done.
The days of single-radio mesh network gear are over, agreed Roberta
Wiggins of Yankee Group. While Tropos once had the lead, the market
is getting more competitive with other companies quickly catching up,