MAXSTREAM, represented in Australia by Conlab , has released a long-range wireless bridge that expands the capabilities of high-speed Ethernet networks. The XPress Ethernet Bridge allows host and client Ethernet connections to communicate at a range of up to 20km (line-of-sight with high-gain antennas) at speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps.
The XPress Ethernet Bridge optimises long-range, high-speed data transmission when the cost of laying CAT5 cable is impractical and 802.11 (Wi-Fi) fails to meet range requirements or is over-saturated.
Operating in the 900MHz ISM band, the XPress Ethernet Bridge (XEB) is suitable for applications where the RF environment is full of interference from 2.4GHz signals emanating from 802.11 networks, portable phones and microwave ovens. The 900MHz band also yields more than twice the range of the 2.4GHz band. In indoor/urban applications, the units can communicate through as many as 10 walls using the included 2.5dBi omnidirectional antennas.
Point-to-point radios are supplied as a matched-pair. They require no configuration or software and effectively replace an Ethernet cable. MaxStream offers the XEB radios in either an indoor or outdoor configuration. The external XPress Ethernet Bridge has a NEMA-4 rated enclosure and incorporates power-over-Ethernet injectors. Twelve non-overlapping user selectable channels allow multiple radio pairs to operate near each other without creating interfering signals.