06 Jun 2011

UMTS/3G/HSPA+ cellular routers for outdoor applications

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LANCOM Systems, SCALEWIRELESS partner for high-end network equipment, expanded its product range with two new VPN routers for outdoor applications, that make link between 3G networks and WiFi easy and yet reliable.

LANCOM OAP-3G is a cellular router with integrated multi-mode HSPA+ modem. The LANCOM OAP-321-3G additionally offers 802.11n wireless LAN. The devices have a water-tight, very hard-wearing metal housing (IP66 protection class) and are designed to operate between -33 and +70°C. Applications for the routers include the use of cellular networks to provide Internet connections to outdoor systems such as video cameras, traffic-monitoring systems, and solar or wind power plants. The model equipped with wireless LAN is ideal for setting up nomadic hotspots, for example at events or in marinas, or for networking construction sites.

When working with HSPA+ (and depending on the cellular service contract) the devices achieve peak operating data rates of 21 Mbps for downlinks and 5.76 Mbps for uplinks. The built-in cellular modem is backward compatible with UMTS/3G, EDGE and GPRS, so maximising flexibility and reliability. On the LAN side, both the OAP-3G and the OAP-321-3G are equipped with a Gigabit Ethernet interface. The OAP-321-3G additionally offers a wireless radio module (IEEE 802.11abg) for setting up a local WLAN network operating in the 2.4- or 5-GHz band.

Power is supplied via an integrated universal power adapter for 10 – 28 volts DC. This means that the devices can be supplied with electricity from solar panels, for example. With two options for mounting—on the wall or on a mast—these devices can be set up wherever they are needed. The integrated GPS positioning offers protection from theft.

Both devices are available for delivery now. The LANCOM OAP-3G is available at a recommended retail price of EUR 1,299 (excluding VAT). The RRP of the LANCOM OAP-321-3G is EUR 1,499 (excluding VAT).

For customers wishing to power routers from standard 230-V electrical outlets, LANCOM will be shipping an optional power supply unit with IP 66-rated outdoor housing. The LANCOM OAP-320PSU operates in temperatures ranging from -25 to +40°C and it is supplied with all necessary cables. The suggested retail price for the LANCOM OAP-320PSU is EUR 184 (excluding VAT).

LANCOM Systems GmbH is the leading German manufacturer of reliable, innovative network solutions for large enterprises and SMEs, public authorities and institutions. The focus is on remote access and site connectivity based on virtual private networks (VPN) and on wireless networking (WLAN). LANCOM Systems GmbH is headquartered in Würselen near Aachen and has sales offices in Munich, Barcelona and Amsterdam. The company’s founder and Managing Director is Ralf Koenzen.

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