SOURCE: Proxim Wireless

February 13, 2007 09:00 ET

Adrian College Deploys Proxim Wireless Mesh Network for Campus-Wide Internet Access

College Is One of First in Michigan to Provide Student Population With Ubiquitous Wi-Fi® Mesh Access

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 13, 2007 -- Proxim Wireless Corporation, a global pioneer of end-to-end solutions in Wi-Fi® mesh, WiMAX, WLAN, and wireless backhaul and wholly owned subsidiary of Terabeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRBM), today announced that Adrian College, a private co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences located outside of Detroit in Adrian, Michigan, is deploying Proxim's ORiNOCO™ mesh product family to provide campus-wide Internet access to its student body. The Adrian College campus includes twenty-one buildings and residence halls. Assisting Adrian College in network design and deployment is AmeriNet, a Proxim Wireless Gold partner and networking systems integrator based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

"It is critical that we provide our students with both indoor and outdoor broadband access as they pursue their studies, and our Proxim mesh network has made that possible," said Steve Stempien, Director of Information Services, Adrian College. "We have all the coverage we need, and we expanded our network quickly and cost-effectively. Proxim Wireless and AmeriNet have ensured that we have the right solution for ubiquitous broadband access, and we are quite pleased with the result. So are our students."

In a mesh network, nodes provide Wi-Fi access to end users while also connecting to each other to share bandwidth, identify fastest routes around the network, and enable complete redundancy. Proxim's mesh technology simplifies Wi-Fi deployments such as this campus-wide deployment through the ORiNOCO Mesh Creation Protocol (OMCP), which allows creation of self-forming and self-healing non-line of sight (NLOS) mesh networks. Proxim's Wi-Fi mesh products feature a dual-radio configuration, increasing system capacity by allowing one radio to focus on Wi-Fi access and the other radio to perform mesh backhaul duties.

"Working with our partner, AmeriNet, we have provided Adrian College with a robust, cost-effective and scalable network that has expanded the existing network to provide students with broadband access wherever they are located on the campus," said Geoffrey Smith, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Proxim Wireless. "As this deployment demonstrates, our proven ORiNOCO indoor and outdoor mesh access points enable existing indoor Wi-Fi networks to extend outdoors quickly and easily."

More About the Proxim Wireless Outdoor Mesh Product Family

The ORiNOCO® AP-4000MR family of ruggedized, dual-radio wireless mesh access points deployed to support Adrian College is based on the world-renowned ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi platform for metropolitan scale deployments. Proxim has sold more than one million ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi access points which have been deployed around the world, and the mesh products are an extension of this product family. The ORiNOCO Mesh Creation Protocol (OMCP) was added to our ORiNOCO enterprise-class Wi-Fi access points to allow the creation of self-forming and self-healing non-line of sight (NLOS) mesh networks. One radio provides Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) end user access, while the other radio in the same compact product enclosure provides mesh backhaul using a pre-802.11s protocol. By using two radios operating at different frequencies, system capacity is doubled and interference is significantly reduced. Furthermore, the mesh protocol secures links using AES encryption, supports both fixed mesh (all APs mounted statically) or mobile mesh (in-vehicle versions of the mesh AP interacting with APs mounted statically) configurations, and VLAN information is kept intact over mesh links to enable virtual networking. Another advantage is quality of service (QoS) enabling converged but differentiated carriage of voice, video and data traffic.

About Proxim Wireless

Proxim Wireless Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Terabeam, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRBM). Proxim Wireless is a global pioneer in developing and supplying scalable broadband wireless networking systems for enterprises, governments, and service providers. From Wi-Fi to wireless Gigabit Ethernet -- our WLAN, mesh, point-to-multipoint, and point-to-point products are available through our extensive global channel network, backed by world-class support. Proxim is a Principal Member of the WiMAX Forum and is ISO-9001 certified. Information about Proxim and its products and support can be found at

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About AmeriNet

AmeriNet was founded in 1989 to provide customers with total systems integration and enterprise networking services. In partnership with the best manufacturers in the industry, AmeriNet provides optimal solutions for customers. These solutions are the best technically and the most cost-effective in the data communications industry. AmeriNet's sales and technical support personnel have over 200 years combined experience, and this experience underscores a comprehensive knowledge of the "mission critical" objectives of AmeriNet customers.

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