The ZoomAir AP128 creates a wireless network connection to any existing Ethernet network, with wireless networking speeds of 2 Mbps using the current 802.11 DSSS standard. The AP128 features a unique architecture that allows easy upgrades. An 11 Mbps 802.11 DSSS upgrade will be available later this year. Wireless network clients communicate with the AP128 using ZoomAir network interface cards or any other 802.11 DSSS compatible product.
The AP128 is also an Internet Protocol (IP) router providing 128 Kbps ISDN connections that can be used to connect multiple LANs and to provide shared Internet access to wired and wireless clients. Network Address Translation (NAT) allows multiple users to share a single IP address and Internet account. Other Wide Area Networking features of the ZoomAir AP128 include remote LAN access, dial-on-demand and data-over-voice ISDN connections, and firewall security. Firewall security options include CHAP/PAP, RADIUS, packet filtering, and callback.
"The ZoomAir AP128 is an example of our strong commitment to the integration of Internet access and easily-installed local area networking," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President. "Wireless networking is important to this strategy, and we will continue to extend our broad line of wireless LAN products with 11 Mbps products, wireless bridges, and options for ADSL and cable modems. We are determined to reach critical mass in our broadband and advanced networking product lines, to provide outstanding solutions in these high-growth areas for our end-users, value-added resellers, access providers, and high-volume retailers."
Zoom includes WebManage, an easy-to-use, HTML-based management software, with the AP128. WebManage allows the remote configuration and management of a ZoomAir AP128 over the Internet using any Web browser software. Administration of the LAN is further simplified by dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP), which automatically assigns IP addresses to client computers.
The ZoomAir AP128 includes a detachable dipole antenna that provides coverage to wireless clients within 1000 feet (300 meters) in an unobstructed environment, or 300 feet (90 meters) in a typical indoor office environment with modular workstations. Optional ZoomAir omni-directional and directional antennas can be used to extend range up to 1 mile.
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