ZyXel announces WiMAX products


ZyXel Communications recently announced a new line of WiMAX products at the GLOBALCOMM show in Chicago.

The new products include a WiMAX customer premise equipment (CPE) product and a WiMAX PCMCIA notebook card. Both of the products were designed to be compliant with the 802.16e standard, but while they have the broadband capabilities found in DSL networking products, they also have QoS features.

The MAX-200 Series WiMAX CPE is meant to be used like a DSL modem, except that it connects to a WiMAX broadband Internet connection, said Jake Saila, marketing communications manager at ZyXel.

"It's a bridge that brings WiMAX into your house, and then you would use an Ethernet router to share it in your house," Saila said. ZyXel designed the CPE product to be a simple plug-and-play router for home users. The flip side to the announcement is the MAX-100 Series WiMAX PCMCIA card for mobile laptop users. According to ZyXel, both products enable service providers to deliver last mile wireless broadband access to customers as an alternative to cable and DSL. The products will provide a completely new and enhanced broadband wireless experience. ZyXEL's comprehensive WiMAX product line comes in several models to operate at different frequency bands including 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 2.3GHz.

With the products, ZyXel is offering the option to service providers to provide broadband IP telephony and IP TV services to their customers without the necessity of additional hardware on the customer's site, said Hans Tan, product manager for WiMAX at ZyXel. The CPE product is outfitted with

"Both of these products are designed to be sold through service providers," he said.

According to the ZyXel, the MAX-200 is ideal for wireless ISPs because it enables them to offer services such as VoIP and IP TV, which rely on a high level of QoS. Advanced firewall with DoS protection built in to block attacks from hackers and the addition of Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for wireless connection allows the MAX-200 series to offer an all-in-one solution for the end-user. There's also an SMA removable high-gain antenna for outdoor antenna installation and SNMP support enabling service providers to remotely manage the CPE.

The MAX-100 series PCMCIA card is designed for mobile users who have Windows XP/2000 laptops. It is also compliant with the IEEE802.16e-2005 WiMAX standard and has a 23dBm powerful RF design for a long range and high-speed connection. This allows the user to access the Internet on-the-go with much wider coverage.

The WiMAX products are currently available to service providers for testing. The official release of the products will take place in the third quarter of 2006.


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