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Strix Systems
Access/One Outdoor and Indoor
Wireless Systems

Strix Systems Wi-Fi (and 4.9 GHz Public Safety) outdoor wireless mesh networking is deployed for strategic and large-scale networks more than any other outdoor wireless mesh network manufacturer. Connect EZ Turnkey Wireless LAN Bundles featuring Strix Systems wireless mesh networking equipment can be readily deployed for public safety, industrial, municipal, rapid transit and other outdoor Wi-Fi mesh router implementations.

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Wireless System (IWS) from Connect802 to Take Advantage
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Wi-Fi wireless mesh networks provide 802.11b/g, 802.11a, and 4.9 GHz Public Safety Wi-Fi connectivity over a large area without running wires. Mesh router radio nodes interconnect to each other over a "backhaul" link and also act as conventional Wi-Fi access points to provide connectivity to client devices. Data is routed through the interconnected mesh in accordance with dynamic routing algorithms that take signal quality and path length into consideration.

The Strix Systems platform is based on the Strix DMA™ (Dynamic Mesh Architecture) and patented design: a layer 2 intelligent media-rate switching architecture with multiple radios available for subscriber access and 2 radios dedicated to backhaul. This 3rd generation indoor and outdoor Wi-Fi mesh architecture, unique in the industry, provides the robust high quality transport to carry voice, data and video traffic for up to an unparalleled 10 hops with minimal latency and little reduction in throughput. By contrast, first and second generation single and dual radio platforms are incapable of carrying traffic for more than a few hops without significant reduction in throughput and high latency. The Strix architecture has been incorporated into the product family of carrier class outdoor products, enterprise products and CPE.

When you buy Strix Access/One you get the industry’s most cost effective outdoor Wi-Fi wireless mesh router platform delivering up to 3x more outdoor Wi-Fi mesh router radios per square mile at a lower overall cost (TCO) than any other system.

The mesh network platform is deployed in mesh sectors of up to 100 nodes from a single Internet backhaul location. This materially reduces site acquisition time, cost and complexity, substantially reduces time to market and results in the industry’s lowest TCO. No other platform can match this capability.

The industry’s only modular (chassis-based) system: delivering the largest capacity, highest throughput and lowest latency to support voice, data and video applications when the goal is to link buildings with Wi-Fi, interconnect a corporate or academic campus, or provide metro-area mesh Wi-Fi to the general public.

You can buy Strix Outdoor Wireless System OWS as field upgradable to six (6) radios in a compact chassis with a variety of antenna options. Up to four radios can be dedicated to subscriber access: thus enabling a substantial increase in in-building penetration (with sector antennas) and supporting a 3x increase in subscriber density. In addition, the introduction of new technology (WiMAX, 4.9 GHz) is easily accomplished, without a fork-lift upgrade.

The Strix platform is proven in large scale deployments and by independent test labs. These tests conclusively show Strix as the industry’s best performing wireless mesh network platform; maintaining continuous throughput of 35 Mb/s over multiple hops, supporting substantial VoIP call volumes with excellent quality ratings (MOS=5) in the presence of high-bandwidth data. In addition, mobility handoff is below the 50 millisecond delay stipulated by telecom operators, thus enabling full mobility as well as high speed rail deployments exceeding 200 mph.

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The Strix Systems Value Proposition

Why you will choose Strix Systems:
When your primary requirements are for a hardened, outdoor Wi-Fi mesh, particularly when maximum throughput on the mesh backhaul is a critical specification, Strix Systems Access/One OWS and IWS Wi-Fi mesh router solution will be a natural choice. The Strix mesh backhaul is supported by dual backhaul radios (up to three per node) plus an additional set (up to three) radios to support sectorized client access or multi-band client access (including 4.9 GHz public safety). It's the dual-radio and tri-radio backhaul element that makes the Strix solution unique. The benefit of this architecture is that there is essentially zero delay from hop-to-hop through the mesh. Plus, backhaul mesh channels can be "bonded" which doubles the bandwidth. Many competitor's solutions offer only single-radio backhaul with a second radio used for client access. They call this a "dual radio" mesh router. In this case, however, there is only one radio dedicated to serve the backhaul. A Strix mesh router eliminates hop-to-hop delay by the implementation of a multi-radio backhaul.
         
How you will decide that Strix Systems provides the best solution:

Strix Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) is the only modular (in-the-field upgradable) system delivering at the industry’s highest throughput and lowest latency levels to achieve the most robust and reliable network infrastructure for a wide range of applications. No other dynamic Wi-i outdoor wireless mesh router system has better performance and throughput than the Strix mesh. New nodes can dynamically enter the mesh without any pre-configuration. This means that a mobile node (police vehicle, ship, truck, airplane) can enter a new location (a yard, dock, or terminal) where it has never been before (anywhere in the world) and it will automatically appear on the operator's console at the new location. When the operator approves entry to the mesh the new node is automatically configured to the correct local settings by the local Network Server Module controller. No other mesh router solution can do this (and, if that's important but not clear, please call Connect802 and let an engineer explain it to you in detail). The key deciding factors in favor of a Strix Network Access/One outdoor Wi-Fi wireless mesh are: 1) the radios are modular, 2) performance is maximum, 3) new nodes are automatically configured to enter the mesh in support of vehicle, ship, or other similar mobile application and 4) Strix Indoor Wireless System (IWS) nodes integrate seamlessly with the OWS nodes to create a homogenous in-building and campus-wide solution.

         
Where you will see the greatest value with Strix Systems Access/One Outdoor and Indoor Wireless Systems:
  • Industry’s Highest Performance
    Independent tests (Iometrix) prove Strix Systems leadership as the industry’s highest performance wireless mesh network system.
    Benefit: The delivery a broad range of high performance voice, video and data services with minimal infrastructure costs.
  • Industry’s Lowest Latency
    Proven through independent testing and customer deployments, Strix Access/One is the industry’s lowest latency wireless mesh network system.
    Benefit: The industry’s lowest latency supporting the largest-scale deployments of timing sensitive applications such as voice over IP at the highest achievable quality.
  • Any Radio, Any Configuration
    Strix Access/One is the industry leader in wireless network technologies enabling any radio technology in any configuration in a modular chassis-based system.
    Benefit: Flexible deployments using any radio, any technology, any channels in any configuration for wireless backhaul and client access.
  • Greatest Multi-hop Coverage
    Strix Access/One offers the highest performance and range to achieve the greatest number of wireless hops with the industry’s highest sustained throughput.
    Benefit: Strix Access/One maximizes the revenue potential and minimizes the cost of network infrastructure and operations for the industry’s most compelling total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • Highest Capacity and Scalability
    Up to 6 radios can be added to a node, each serving a unique purposes—ingress or egress in the mesh backbone and access for clients.
    Benefit: Unparalleled performance across vast wireless hops and scaling to up to 6 radios per node increasing user or backhaul capacity with fewer wireless nodes required per square mile.
  • High-Speed Fast Roaming
    Strix Access/One is the only wireless mesh network solution to support high-speed mobile roaming.
    Benefit: Roaming from node to node in excess of200MPH. High speed, high quality voice, video streaming and data access for even the fastest transportation systems.
  • Carrier-Class Quality Of Service
    Strix Virtual/Strix™ and Priority/One™ enable each wireless mesh link to be fine tuned and groomed, increasing the value and revenue potential of the network.
    Benefit: Hardware accelerated performance; encryption and QoS priority assignment enables defined classes of service.
  • Highly Resilient Mesh Networks
    Strix Access/One is the industry leader in modular wireless mesh networking technologies enabling automatic mesh configuration, self-tuning and carrier-class resilience.
    Benefit: Strix Access/One is the industry’s only “in-field” modular solution enabling the fastest network deployments, quick customer turn-up, application grooming and unequaled long-term cost efficiencies
         
When you are ready to buy a Strix Systems solution:

Connect EZ Turnkey Wireless LAN Bundles combine Connect802's 3-dimensional RF CAD Modeling and Simulation design and consulting services with Strix Systems mesh Wi-Fi equipment to provide you with a complete Wi-Fi wireless LAN system. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase Strix Systems Access/One OWS or IWS equipment without the bundled RF design and consulting services. When you choose a turnkey wireless LAN system from Connect802 you'll start by uploading a copy of your outdoor site plan (or map location and bounding streets) plus in-building floor plans for any indoor areas that will also be covered. These will be uploaded through the on-line Connect802 File Submission System. Your plans will be evaluated to develop a price quotation for your project.

       
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Strix Systems Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) and Indoor Wireless System (IWS)
Equipment and Software Details

Strix Systems Access/One wireless mesh networks include any combination of outdoor mesh nodes (Strix Outdoor Wireless System - OWS) and indoor mesh nodes (Strix Indoor Wireless System - IWS). At least one node will include a Network Server Module (NSM). The NSM is a plug-in circuit board inside the chassis of an OWS unit or a modular element of an IWS stack. The NSM coordinates, manages, and monitors all OWS and IWS nodes in the Strix Systems mesh. Multiple NSM modules can be installed either to support a growing or distributed mesh or to provide redundancy.

The Access/One Network is self configuring, self discovering and self tuning - continually monitoring network traffic and managing flow to optimize network performance. Access/One Network offers reliable, redundant communications paths across the network. Should a node become unavailable, the network self heals, routing traffic to available nodes. Access/One Network’s architecture makes it highly scalable. Adding new nodes is as easy as placing them and turning them on. The Access/One Network does the rest, automatically.

The Strix Access/One mesh system automatically recognizes Ethernet points of egress from the mesh. Because each node is an intelligent IP routing entity it can automatically establish routing paths to multiple mesh-attached subnets. This allows not only flexibility in implementation but it also means that adding Internet access capacity is as easy as bringing a new DSL, cable modem, T-1, or T-3 connection into a new IWS or OWS node anywhere in the mesh. This ability to automatically integrate new IP points of egress is a key differentiator between Strix Systems and other competitive mesh router systems.

Strix Systems Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) Wi-Fi Wireless Mesh

Strix Systems OWS NEMA Enclosure

The Strix Systems Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) Chassis

  • Field-serviceable (or optional) factory sealed fiberglass enclosures
  • Models Include: 1, 2 or 3 802.11a+802.11b/g radio boards (field upgradable)
  • Network Server Modules (NSM) for mesh control based on overall node count
  • Various mounting kits and power options
  • NEMA 4X rated enclosure (12x10x6 or 14x12x8 inches)
  • 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet and direct 110/230 VAC operation
  • Chassis heating element and DC power options
  • Operating Temperature: -30C to +55C
  • Wind Survivability: >165 Mph
  • Weight: 14.5 lbs to 16.5 lbs

OWS With Sunshield Installed

The Strix Systems OWS installs easily with various mounting bracket options. The interconnected Wi-Fi mesh architecture includes:

Interior Mesh Nodes - Form backhaul links between radios and provide client Wi-Fi service. This the the predominant node type. The most basic Interior Mesh Node consists of two 802.11a radios for the backhaul and one or two 802.11b/g radios for client connectivity. A third backhaul or client radio could be installed as could a 4.9 GHz public safety radio.

Mesh Repeater Nodes - Form backhaul links between radios but do not provide client Wi-Fi service. These nodes simply extend the size of the mesh 'cloud'. The most basic Mesh Repeater Node consists of two 802.11a radios.

Edge Nodes - These nodes connect to the mesh backhaul with a single link and provide client Wi-Fi service. These nodes do not extend the size of the mesh 'cloud'. The most basic Edge Node consists of a single 802.11a radio to connect to the mesh 'cloud' and a single 802.11b/g radio to provide client connectivity.

     
Strix Systems Indoor Wireless System (IWS) Wi-Fi Wireless Mesh
   

 

The IWS Modular Stack

A Strix IWS radio is not much taller than a coffee cup, with a footprint similar to the size of a CD-ROM plastic case. Strix Systems has taken a modular approach to the design of the Access/One Network. Modularity allows the IT manager to create the right wireless LAN network based on RF technology and network configuration needs. Access/One Network nodes literally snap together. Making changes to the network is as easy as popping off one module and snapping on a new one. And Access/One Network future-proofs your investment with a product that is designed to easily adapt emerging technologies like 802.16 WiMAX and 802.15.3a UltraWideband (UWB).

Individual modules include:

  • Network Server Module (NSM) to provide management and control of the entire system. At least one NSM is required in a mesh. It can be installed in any node. In a mixed indoor/outdoor mesh the NSM can be in an IWS node or an OWS node (where the NSM module is simply a plug-in circuit board in the OWS chassis).
  • 802.11b/g Radio Module (with an external antenna port)
  • 802.11a Radio Module(with an external antenna port)
  • Bluetooth Radio Module
  • Integrated Antenna Cap Module
     

The Strix In-Vehicle Mobile Wireless System (MWS)

Ideally suited for police, emergency services,
mass transit, and railway!

MWS is the industry's highest performance mobile extension which enables on-board video surveillance, voice over IP and critical data applications for in-vehicle wired or wireless client connectivity in public safety, railway, municipal, strategic and tactical wireless broadband mesh networks.

The MWS 100 is packed with a unique set of innovations including 802.11a and high power (DSRC-C) 4.9 GHz for public safety applications or optionally 802.11g for unlicensed client access. The MWS also includes an Ethernet port for wired connectivity to in-vehicle laptops and on-board systems. The easily configured and installed MWS yields superior high receive sensitivity, high-speed forwarding between radios and the Ethernet port and Layer 2 Network Address Translation (NAT) and VLAN mapping with preserved Quality of Service.

     

The Strix Integrated Wireless Video Surveillance System (IWVS)

This integrated outdoor surveillance system is specifically designed to deliver high quality IP video over the Strix Systems wireless Wi-Fi mesh network. Users can remotely pan, tilt and zoom the high quality IP cameras and built in high-power 802.11a, 802.11b/g or 4.9 GHz Public Safety band radio provides a secured, encrypted Wi-Fi access to the Strix Systems wireless mesh network.

 
   

Access/One Edge Wireless System (EWS)

A Strix Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) is on the street, in the courtyard, on the dock, or somewhere else "outside" - but you're inside. Perhaps you're a resident in a multi-tenant building or you're in an office at a corporate campus where a Strix mesh interconnects buildings and provides Wi-Fi service in an outdoor courtyard area.

How do you connect reliably
to the outdoor mesh network
when you're indoors?

The answer, in the Strix Systems environment, is the Edge Wireless System (EWS) node. It's not simply a "Wi-Fi repeater". Rather, the EWS is a client device which first authenticates itself to the Strix mesh just as if it were a Strix OWS or IWS node. Once connected to the mesh (with a high-power, very long range 400 mW radio) the EWS node acts like a conventional indoor access point and client devices see it's SSID and associate to it in a normal manner.

The EWS 150 is a multi-megabit, multi-RF, multi-channel mesh extension of the outdoor mesh network.  It establishes a high-performance connection utilizing dual-diversity and its greater signal strength, the network is quickly detected, optimal channels determined then client connection secured

  • Highest power +400mW Lowest Cost Mesh Network Edge Extension.
  • Optimized throughput for Voice, Video and Data.
  • Quality Of Service (QoS) extended into EWS.
  • VLANS over a single SSID and Ethernet
  • Plug-n-play simplicity, auto-discover and self-configuration.
  • Seamless interoperability with the Strix Access/One® Indoor Wireless System (IWS) and Outdoor Wireless System (OWS).
  • Takes advantage of outdoor mesh Full-Duplex capabilities.
  • Self-tuning and self-healing mesh for network optimization.
  • Remote management via CLI, HTTP and SNMP
  • Remote firmware updates of Strix Access/One Edge Wireless capabilities.
  • Client Monitor and wireless neighbor list.
  • Signal Strength History
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2), Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
   

A Strix Access/One Public Safety Mesh Router Installation Example

A community has installed video surveillance cameras at key intersections to both monitor traffic conditions and to act as a crime deterrent. The camera is connected to the Strix Systems OWS Mesh Router which has a small directional panel antenna providing AES-encrypted 802.11a backhaul into the mesh router network. At the top of the mast is a 4.9 GHz licensed-band antenna. Law enforcement officers, fire and rescue, and public safety personnel are able to connect to surveillance cameras using Strix Systems in-vehicle 4.9 GHz licensed Wi-Fi radio equipment.

         
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Targeted Discussion and Specifications For The Strix Access/One Outdoor Wireless System (OWS) and Indoor Wireless System (IWS)

You'll find numerous Web references and reviews of Strix Systems mesh routers. Below are some targeted discussions to provide you with additional perspective on how a Strix Systems solution can be implemented to meet your requirements for a secure, easy-to-manage wireless LAN system.
 

Access/One Network OWS enables the deployment of 802.11 networks across large urban areas, rural counties and entire regions—ideal for government agencies, service providers, and mobile users who want uninterrupted service on a citywide basis. Unlike traditional access points that offer limited coverage within predefined hot spots, or single radio/single RF mesh solutions that won’t scale, Access/One Network OWS provisions wireless hot zones that can extend over hundreds of square miles. The Access/One Network OWS delivers a high performance structured wireless mesh network infrastructure that delivers intelligence, scalability, security and unrivaled performance for large scale metro and rural networks.

Police, fire, and other public safety departments have long been using wireless systems to provide network access for their employees. However, high costs of deployment and ongoing ownership with per use billing, and low data rates on the networks meant the networks were expensive to deploy and operate and resulted in only limited functionality. With the Access/One Network OWS, the public safety markets can deploy secure and manageable wireless networks in unlicensed spectrums that deliver the performance required to make the networks useful for voice, video, and data applications.

The public is clamoring for high speed internet access, so service providers and city governments are looking for ways to deploy that requested access to residents, businesses, and guests. Whether it is providing broadband access to under served rural areas or competing with traditional wire line options, the Access/One Network is ideally suited for providing high-speed broadband access across large geographic regions. Access/One Networks can be installed for a fraction of the cost of more traditional high speed internet access options, and in far less time. Equally important the Access/One Network is capable of delivering high system capacity and low latency across the network, making it suitable for data, voice, and video applications.

Wireless infrastructures in rural and urban environments are no longer limited to a single application, function, or user group. With the Strix Access/One Network governmental agencies or service providers can deploy wireless infrastructures to meet a number of usage scenarios. A single Strix Access/One Network can support multiple user types, such as police, fire, private city employee access, and public resident access. The ability of the Access/One Network to deliver significant bandwidth and low latency across the network, and securely segment and prioritize the varying types of user traffic, makes the network ideal for deploying these types of mixed use networking scenarios.

Distributed Control

Distributed intelligence results from a mesh topology. The control of the wireless network is distributed throughout, allowing intelligent Nodes to communicate directly with other Nodes, without having to be routed through a central control point. Decision-making is localized, such as the decision to route traffic destined for a neighbor Node, to that neighbor Node only, rather than broadcast the traffic unnecessarily through a centralized switch, and back out to the entire network. Problems can also be isolated in the system faster. Problems can usually be diagnosed back to a single Node or cluster, allowing managers to focus attention on one area of the system, rather than all Access Points. Fast problem solving means less downtime. Modular Nodes can be replaced without affecting the entire system. These factors make the system much less expensive and easier to operate.

A Self-Configuring, Self-Healing Network

A network shouldn't need a system administrator to tell it how to get a message to its destination. A mesh network is self-organizing and doesn't require manual configuration. Because of this, adding a new Network Node or relocating an existing Network Node is as simple as mounting it and turning it on. The network discovers the new Node and automatically incorporates it into the existing system. A mesh network is not only inherently reliable, it's also highly adaptable. It functions similar to the Internet, in that if one router goes down, messages are sent around it via other devices. Loss of one or more nodes doesn't necessarily affect the network's operation. A mesh network is self-healing because human intervention is not necessary for establishing new forwarding paths through the infrastructure.

Functions as a Repeater

Network Nodes can send and receive messages, and in a mesh network, a Network Node also functions as a repeater to relay messages for its neighbors. Through the relaying process, a packet of wireless data will find its way to its destination, passing through intermediate nodes with reliable communication links. A mesh network offers multiple redundant communications paths throughout the network. If one link fails for any reason, the network automatically forwards messages through alternate paths. In a mesh network, you can extend the reach, add redundancy, and improve the general reliability of the network simply by adding more Nodes.

Redundancy and Scalability

In a mesh network, the degree of redundancy is essentially a function of Network Node density. A network can be deliberately over-designed for reliability simply by adding extra Nodes, so each device has two or more paths for sending data. A mesh network is also scalable and can handle hundreds or even thousands of Nodes. Because the network's operation doesn't depend on a central control point, adding multiple Nodes or Network Servers is convenient. Mesh networks are inherently reliable, adapt easily to environmental or architectural constraints, and can scale to handle thousands of Network Node end points.

Strix Systems Access/ One Network

The Access/ One Network from Strix Systems is a highly secure, flexible and scalable networking system that allows a robust and fully functional enterprise network to be formed using an entirely wireless infrastructure.

  • Access/ One Network provides Networks Without Wires . from several basic categories of modular building blocks.
  • Each building block contains a choice of modules that are individually selected and assembled to form a single network element called a Network Node.
  • Each Network Node provides localized connectivity and intelligence with multiple Network Nodes connected in a mesh forming the full Access/ One Network. Access/ One Network provides connectivity for any RF-technology, with the initial offering of 802.11a/ b/ g and Bluetooth.

Easy Installation and Relocation of Nodes

Strix Systems' Access/ One Network enables the unique choice of whether to install Nodes with or without Ethernet cables. Nodes can use Ethernet, or they can uplink to the LAN via 802.11a. Regardless, they still deliver the attributes of a mesh network.

  • Whether a wired or wireless network connection is used, Nodes may be moved and relocated without any wiring changes back in the Server room. This flexibility contrasts sharply with the rigidity of WLAN switches and APs.
  • With a WLAN switch, since all APs must be plugged into the WLAN switch, any relocation of APs after initial installation may require re-wiring of the APs into the Switch back in the Server room.

What Makes Strix Systems Access/ One Network Different?

Strix Systems offers a total local area network, drawing on the parallels of the successful wired network and providing all of the management and security that network managers have come to expect. Strix Systems provides multiple radio technologies, built into a simple, secure, scalable and self-tuning system, with the ability to easily add new applications and services.

Mesh Topology

Mesh Topology is inherently reliable and redundant, and can be extended to include thousands of devices. The Access/ One Network can be installed in hours instead of days or weeks. The network doesn't require elaborate planning and site mapping to achieve reliable communications.

  • The network is self-configuring. Simply moving a Network Node, or dropping another Node into place can fix a weak signal or dead zone.

Strix Systems believes the ultimate direction of computing power is to imitate Grid computing and sensor networks … where intelligence and computing power is distributed and used locally…. yet managed centrally. Although intelligence is distributed, the Access/ One Network Nodes are still managed from one console, so that security parameters, network monitoring and upgrades can be conveniently controlled from one location.

  • Enterprises can now benefit from a wireless system that satisfies the multiple conflicting demands of redundancy, distributed communications, flexibility and reliability.