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Wi-Fi meshing taking hold, but lack of compatibility among vendors an issue: In-Stat

Wi-Fi meshing, which allows wireless access nodes to achieve a longer range by using each other as repeaters, is be...


January 17, 2007  


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Wi-Fi meshing, which allows wireless access nodes to achieve a longer range by using each other as repeaters, is becoming increasingly common in several markets, reports In-Stat.

While more than 50,000 Wi-Fi mesh access point (AP) units were shipped last year, a number that is expected to double by 2010, the high-tech market research firm says incompatibility among systems remains a potential stumbling block for the technology.

“There is no industry standard for mesh networking, yet, so interoperability between mesh vendors continues to be problematic,” says In-Stat analyst Gemma Tedesco.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

* Although Tropos has the largest mindshare in municipal mesh networking, Nortel, Strix, BelAir, and SkyPilot made aggressive pushes into the market in 2006.

* Cisco is perceived as a wildcard in this market, as it just launched Wi-Fi mesh APs in late 2005, but it is using its strong IT channels into businesses and government networks.

* Throughout 2006, most Wi-Fi mesh vendors tied their growth to municipal network build-outs.

Further information on the report is available at www.in-stat.com