Saxnet introduces mesh networking router based on x86 arch., Linux Bios inside and Debian GNU/Linux

Posted by cray on Oct 29, 2007 11:15 AM EDT; By Robert Tulke
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The Saxnet product is called Meshnode III, a Linux-based Wireles Mesh router that features a full, x86-based PC system inside a compact housing. Meshnode III based on Debian GNU/Linux and LinuxBIOS.

MUNICH, Germany, October 24 - It sounds like the success story of Bill Gates - in this case, however, it was the Linux penguin that inspired a young team to further develop WLAN technology. Their work marked the beginning of a rapid development that appears to have no limits. The project, currently being developed by Steffen Dreise, CEO of Saxnet GmbH, is one of unimagined possibilities.

The Saxnet product is called Meshnode III, a Linux-based WLAN router that features a full, x86-based PC system inside a compact housing. It is equipped with four radio modules, with a maximum transmission power of 600 MW each, and runs on a 500MHz AMD x86 chip processor. Further advantages are its above-average coverage and the option of connecting an even higher number of client devices. Utilizing OSI Layer 2-based, self-organizing 4 module mesh technology, the router guarantees a network of the highest stability.

Meshnode III provides customers with the ideal basic network to be used with any Wireless LAN device, such as notebooks, surveillance cameras and VoIP phones. A compartment for optional applications allows the installation of client-specific hardware. By using the two memory cards with a maximum of 16 GB per module, one can choose from the over 19,000 Linux software packages currently available. Designed for use under extreme environmental conditions, the router meets the highest protection class, IP69K, and has an intelligent heating and cooling system that compensates for temperatures from minus 40 to plus 70 degrees Celsius.

Meshnode III offers a virtually unlimited range of possible applications in the manufacturing industry, from receiving goods and production control to storage and delivery systems. Enabling fast internet even without DSL, Meshnode III makes it possible to quickly create networks in areas lacking infrastructure - even under the harshest environmental conditions.

Last, but not least, Meshnode III enables rescue workers to immediately establish a local network in case of emergencies. Rescue services can connect with each other and to the internet with only one satellite connection.

Based in Oelsnitz in the Vogtland, Germany, Saxnet is offering a product that truly is fit for the future, and that offers global applications - thus making Meshnode III a success story that is yet to unfold.

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