Trapeze Networks Increases Security and Adds New Mobility Point Options To Lineup
NETWORLD+INTEROP, LAS VEGAS- May 10, 2004 – Trapeze NetworksÃ¢â€ž?, the award-winning provider of the wireless LAN (WLAN) Mobility SystemÃ¢â€ž?, announced today the addition of a significant new security feature to its Mobility System SoftwareÃ¢â€ž? along with new Mobility PointsÃ¢â€ž?. The company is also inviting guests to learn more about these products and visit with several key Trapeze customers and executives this week at Networld+Interop in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 100 and Room N218.
Trapeze will be exhibiting at this year’s Networld+Interop tradeshow in Las Vegas, May 11-13, 2004 in Booth 100. Trapeze will be joined by customers from Logitech, Stanford, Good Technology, San Antonio Community Hospital, MDL Information Systems, Ohlone College, and Intellimark in Room N218. The customers plan to discuss their wireless LAN implementations and why they selected Trapeze’s solution with members of the press and analyst community. Key executives including President and CEO Jim Vogt, VP of Product Management and Marketing Dan Simone and VP of Business Development Ahmet Tuncay will also be available throughout the show. Trapeze products can be seen in partner booths including Atheros Booth 2801 and InfoBlox Booth 2727. Matthew Gast, Director of Consulting Engineering for Trapeze Networks and author of 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly, April 2002), will be on hand for a book signing at the Networld+Interop bookstore on Tuesday, May 11th from 10:30am-11:00am and on Wednesday, May 12th from 5:00pm-5:30pm.
“We are thrilled to have a handful of our customers join us at this year’s Networld+Interop tradeshow,” Jim Vogt, president and chief executive officer of Trapeze Networks. “Our customers will be available at the show to share their wireless experiences with the press community and other potential customers. I along with other key executives will also be available to talk about our new products and where the company is headed.”
Stronger Security Ensures More Control for IT
With this release, Trapeze Networks takes security a step further, using a combination of users’ identities and trusted devices to enable network access. This feature, called Bonded AuthÃ¢â€ž? (short for Bonded Authentication) allows IT to ensure that trusted users are accessing the network only via trusted machines. Bonded Auth ensures that both the user and machine are required to authenticate to the network but does not require that trusted users be tied to any particular machine. This security mechanism, available in Trapeze’s Mobility System Software 2.1, works with any Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) server and relies on 802.1X machine authentication and 802.1X user authentication. Bonded Auth helps protect IT from the devastation that can occur when trusted, knowledgeable users bring in corrupted or virus-laden machines from home and attach them to the corporate network.
Bonded Auth joins Trapeze’s Identity-Based Networking as a key feature in enabling security and other user-based services. With Identity-Based Networking, users are authenticated to the network based on their user identity and credentials and gain access to authorized services – when, where and how, based on that identity.
Additional Mobility Points for Ultimate Flexibility
Also today Trapeze is expanding its line of Mobility Points. The Mobility Point 262 (MP-262) incorporates an internal omni-directional 802.11a antenna and a connection for directional 2.4 GHz external antennas. These weatherproof external antennas are available in 60-, 120-, and 180-degree variations and are ideal for extending coverage in difficult-to-reach areas such as open-air stadiums, lobbies with high ceilings, airports, and university campuses.
Trapeze has also added a low-cost Mobility Point to its lineup. The Mobility Point 52 (MP-52) uses a more traditional off-the-shelf access point (AP) form factor. Unlike the flagship Mobility Points that are intentionally designed to blend into their environment and provide data link and Power over Ethernet (PoE) resiliency with multiple uplink ports, the MP-52 has the traditional “rabbit ear” antennas and a single Ethernet port. Like all the Trapeze MPs, the MP-52 supports the CAPWAP architecture being drafted by the IETF. With the exception of resiliency, they have the same functionality as the other Mobility Points, and ship with a dual-band 802.11a, 802.11b/g radio using WEP/TKIP/AES encryption and a single Ethernet port supporting 802.3af PoE.
To support outdoor or hostile environmental conditions, Trapeze now offers an enclosure that can host any of its Mobility Points. This NEMA-rated enclosure extends access to locations that have traditionally been hard to equip with Mobility Points. They are weatherproof and protect against damage from particulate matter. The enclosure maintains proper operating temperature via a cooling fan powered by the Power over Ethernet (PoE) port. It also has optional entry points for supporting external antennas.
Pricing and Availability
The new hardware and software started shipping in April, 2004. The MP-262 has a U.S. list price of $549, and the external antennas list for $195 for the 60- and 120-degree antennas and $295 for the 180-degree antenna. The MP-52 has a U.S. list price of $349. The NEMA-rated enclosure lists for $1,995. Updates to the Mobility System Software, to run 2.1 with the Bonded Auth security feature, are free for customers with SafetyNetÃ¢â€ž? service.
About Trapeze Networks
Trapeze Networks delivers the power of business applications and services to the mobile enterprise workforce. The company’s wireless LAN Mobility System enhances productivity, introduces new efficiencies, and accelerates business response time by delivering secure mobility for roaming users, sophisticated services for both users and IT, all while offering the lowest total cost of ownership of any WLAN infrastructure provider. Trapeze has been the recipient of seven industry awards in recognition of its product and technology strength. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze has raised $50 million in venture funding to date and is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., U.S.A. For more information, please visit www.trapezenetworks.com.