Proxim, a company that specializes in wireless broadband networking, has received FCC certification for the Harmony 802.11a Access Point and Harmony 802.11a PCI Card. Proxim received FCC certification and began shipping its Harmony 802.11a CardBus Card in early October. With FCC certification, Proxim will now be able to ship the Harmony 802.11a Access Point and PCI in the U.S., according to Ken Haase, director of product marketing for Proxim.
Harmony is an enterprise wireless networking solution available with support for all leading wireless standards. Harmony lets enterprises deploy both IEEE 802.11b and high-speed 802.11a wireless networks simultaneously. We attempted to contact the company for more information on running the networks together, but they are apparently closed for holidays this week.
“As the first company to receive FCC certification for its entire 802.11a product family, Proxim looks forward to bringing these groundbreaking wireless capabilities to its customers,” he said in a statement. “The Harmony 802.11a product family provides the industry’s fastest wireless LAN, with 100 Mbps speeds, enabling enterprises to leverage the flexibility of wireless without sacrificing connection speeds.”
The Harmony 802.11a beefs up the speed, capacity, and reliability of enterprise wireless LANs. 802.11a offers significantly more channels than 802.11b, allowing greater scalability for large deployments, he added. Operating in the license-free 5 GHz band, 802.11a also provides network connectivity with no interference from 2.4 GHz devices such as cordless phones, microwave ovens, Bluetooth devices, and other wireless LANs, Haase said. The Harmony 802.11a family is fully IEEE 802.11a-compliant, and offers 54 Mbps data rate in 802.11a mode. Proxim’s 2X mode adds data rates up to 108 Mbps.
This certification also clears the way for Proxim to ship its recently announced Skyline 802.11a family of products for the consumer market.