Aeras Networks announces low-cost wireless broadband radios for Ethernet transmission
Powerful new EtherLink family of radios allows software upgradeable data rates of up to 45Mb/s over 40 miles
MONARCH BEACH, California — June 17, 2004 — Aeras Networks, a leading manufacturer of next generation license-free microwave radios for broadband applications, today announced the EtherLink wireless family, a low-cost system of radios designed to transport Ethernet traffic up to forty miles. The radios offer up to 45Mb/s data throughput, and make it easier than ever for customers to operate wireless data networks.
“EtherLink offers our customers an excellent value and represents our lowest cost radios,” said Bethe Strickland, CEO and Founder of Aeras Networks. “Network operators and ISPs can get in the wireless business at a great price point, and the system will grow as their bandwidth needs increase.”
"Aeras radios continue to offer a great value for the price,” said Jeff Hall, Director of Business Development at Hutton Communications, an Aeras master distributor. “The low entry price of the EtherLink series and the upgrade path makes this a good system investment for our customers."
The EtherLink systems are all-outdoor, weatherproof microwave radios. The radios are available in two license free bands: 5.3Ghz UNII or 5.8GHz ISM. Aeras offers customers a choice of an integrated antenna, or a version with a standard N-type female adapter for connecting an external antenna. With convenient pole mounting brackets, the radios are easy to deploy, and are optimized for all traditional voice, data and video services.
Data and power are delivered to the radios using a single cable, simplifying installation and management. The radio can be placed up to 300 feet away from a router or other network CPE device. Aeras plans to release an all-indoor version of the EtherLink system in Q4 2004.
As license-free units, no frequency coordination or regulatory approvals are required for EtherLink radio usage, allowing rapid deployment.
The radios use a Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) radio transmission scheme to maximize throughput over a 40 mile distance. FDD achieves lower latency and higher duplex performance versus the more common TDM transmission scheme. Advanced modulation techniques allow network operators to co-locate up to 24 radios, increasing deployment flexibility. The radios are highly reliable, allowing Aeras to offer an industry-leading five year warranty.
The EtherLink radios come in three base models:
EL-4500 – offering 45Mb/s throughput
EL-2500 – offering 22.5Mb/s throughput
EL-1200 – offering 11.25Mb/s throughput
Transmission rates can be easily stepped down by the network operators, to improve radio performance in difficult conditions. The lower rate models are field upgradeable to support the higher bandwidths, making the EtherLink radios very scalable.
As a leased line alternative, EtherLink radios are ideal for LAN Extension and other data transfer applications. Wireless ISPs can offer Ethernet services to their customers, without worrying about trenching or other right of way issues, or long phone company lead times.
Pricing and Availability
List prices for the EtherLink systems start at $13,000 per link. A limited number of Beta trials are being launched with select customers, and general availability is expected by early August.
About Aeras Networks
Aeras Networks supplies equipment to domestic and international communications service providers, telephone operating companies, and private network operators. Aeras’ families of next generation radios provide state-of-the-art broadband connectivity solutions, utilizing the license-free radio frequency spectrum. The radios offer line of site connectivity, and are available in a variety of indoor and outdoor configurations, for extra flexibility. The radios support a range of network topologies from simple point-to-point configurations to fully redundant ring and mesh networks. The radios provide reliable, guaranteed bandwidth rates that support a wide variety of broadband applications. The products meet "Carrier Class" reliability and performance requirements and can be deployed within hours to accommodate service demands.
Aeras Networks Inc.