Xirrus announced the XR-1000 and XR-2000 Wireless Arrays, extending the flexibility of the XR-series wireless switch platform to cover a broad range of wireless deployments. The XR-1000 model provides flexibility for delivering wireless service in low user density scenarios, challenging deployments in areas with high RF attenuation, and in isolated or physically separated locations. The XR-2000 model supports a range of low to high-performance applications, including offices, hospitals, campuses and classrooms, and hotels. The new models are available in low-profile enclosures, making them ideal for space-constrained environments.

The XR-1000 Wireless Array is a 2-slot, 2-access point model with an elliptical-shaped coverage pattern produced by its directional antennas – ideal for covering facilities with central hallways and adjacent rooms commonly found in office buildings, hotels, and dormitories. The XR-1000 supports multi-state (2.4GHz and 5GHz) operation on both its modular access points, providing flexibility not found in conventional 2-radio access points for optimizing spectrum utilization and performance.

The XR-2000 Wireless Array is a 4-slot, 4-access point model designed for a wide range of applications – ideal for delivering wireless coverage in offices, hospitals, retails spaces, and classrooms. The XR-2000 comes standard with four modular access points, each upgradeable to support new wireless technologies.

By utilizing the same integrated controller functions common across all Xirrus XR-series Wireless Arrays, the XR-1000 and XR-2000 deliver high performance wireless functionality at the edge of the network instead of via a centralized controller. This design eliminates the potential bottleneck and single point of failure in the network that centralized architectures are prone to. The modular access points of the XR-1000 and XR-2000 arrays incorporate the same radio and antenna technology as the rest of the XR product line, making them field-upgradeable to support emerging wireless technologies.

“While conventional wireless infrastructures have helped organizations augment their wired infrastructure for network access, most have become obsolete due to the explosive growth of mobile applications and wireless devices accessing networks,” said Dirk Gates, founder and CEO of Xirrus. “Xirrus took a different approach to wireless design, offering cost-effective Wireless Arrays that deliver on capacity and performance while offering easy scalability and upgradability to scale as needed. With these two new array models, our product line can now service any Wi-Fi scenario regardless of size or complexity – whether you are covering a few users in a remote location or a few thousand users in an auditorium. Xirrus gives you the most powerful, scalable, and trusted wireless access in the industry.”


Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor

November 22, 2011