Wireless Projects, Vendors, and Products
Other Wireless Projects
Good discussion of performance issues.
Mobile Computing Lab Columbia Univeristy
IR networks at DUKE
Goals: 100 Mbit/sec for 50 users
We decided to use a commercially-available RF modem even though it
deviates substantially from the long term plan for the InfoPad
wireless link described in [She92, She94]. The link for the IPGraphics
prototype used a half-duplex, 1 Mbps RF modem: the DE6003, from GEC
Plessey. It was chosen because it had the highest data rate of
commercially available radio modems, in a form factor that we could
place in the IPGraphics unit The DE6003 (Figure 4) provides a
demodulated signal to the baseband receiver, implemented in a Xilinx
4000 FPGA, without any explicit timing information or attached
- Wireless LAN group ,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
UCLA WAMIS project: design tools for wireless networking:
- FICUS Project ,
Univeristy of California, Los Angeles
U Md Mobile Computing and Multimedia Lab
- Little Work,
CITI, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mobile Computing Group, University of Washington, Seattle
Wearable Computers , Carnegie Mellon University
Coda File System , Carnegie Mellon University
CMU is doing something: Dr. Ben Bennington, Director of the Information Networking Institute, at 412-268-7195
Mobile Computing Research , Purdue University
- Rover Mobile Application
Toolkit , MIT
Mobile Networking Group, University of South Carolina
MosquitoNet , Stanford Univeristy
The Mobile and Portable Research Group (MPRG) - Virginia Tech
Nomadic Research Labs , University of California, San Diego
Wireless/Mobile Networks - Naval Research Lab
- MONET, Navy
ARPA ESTO WAMIS program
ARPA Digitil Wireless info
- Mobile Computing, BBN
- Bayou Project
, Xerox PARC
- Apple Virtual Campus Mobility page
Mobile Computing research , University of Waterloo
Mobile Open Systems Technology, Univeristy of Lancaster
Mobile Communications Research Group - The Centre for Satellite
Engineering (CSER) Univeristy of Surrey, U.K.
- Active Badges, Olivetti
Mobile SIG - Cambridge
- Computer Communication Systems Lab, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden
- Finnish Mobile National Host
Wireless Research Group at HKUST - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Voice Interactive Paging Network, Chinese University, Honk Kong
- WIDE Project, Japan
Mobile Computing page , Macquarie University
Wavelan: AT&T, Digital, and Solectek offerings are based on
radio technology originally developed by NCR Corporation.
NCR was bought by ATT, and I think
is currently being divested into something new.
Good discussion of performance issues.
Scalable Computing Lab Remote Server uses Wavelan.
Columbia: Mobile computing laboratory seems to be using Wavelans.
uses 2 Mbps NCR Wavelan-AT cards
FSU use of Wavelans?
NCR/ATT WaveLAN or
WaveLAN/PCMCIA 2Mbps, spread spectrum 902MHz-928MHz, 200-800 feet,
AT&T Global Information Solutions
1700 S. Patterson Blvd., PCD/6
Dayton, OH 45479-0001
ON STATE CONTRACT:
3399-K080 WaveLAN PCMCIA Wireless LAN adapter card $41.5
3399-K081 WaveLAN with DES Encryption Wireless LAN adp cd $41.5
3416-F170 WaveLAN Adapter (US) $569.9
3416-F175 Manual/Drivers: WaveLAN $20.5
Wavepoint STARLAN/WAVELAN 915 $1553.9
3399-K080 WAVELAN/PCMCIA NIC $569.9
3299-K972 Optional Security ROM $73.8
3299-K973 Optional Boot ROM $39.36
ON STATE CONTRACT:
Mobile & Wireless Products:
DEIAP-AA RoamAbout Access Point,standalong 1,795.00
DEIAP-MA RoamAbout Access Point,Hub Version 1,660.00
DEINA-AA RoamAbout PCMCIA Adapter 695.00
Solectek Corp. (AirLAN)
AirLAN NCR WaveLAN OEM turnkey hub/router, bridges up to 3 miles,
wireless LAN PCMCIA, ISA, MCA, parallel port, spread spectrum 902MHz-928MHz
6370 Nancy Ridge Drive, 109
San Diego, CA 92121
Advanced Network Solutions
AIRLAN: PCMCIA, Parallel port version. 2 Mbps
can handle 50-100 users/cell, limitation seems to be shared 2Mbps bandwidth
800 837 4180 firstname.lastname@example.org
IBM RF Wireless LAN Adapters
IBM Wireless LAN - 2.4GHz FH/SS, 800ft, 1Mbps signalling, ISA/MCA and
PCMCIA form factors, built in bridge to token ring. U.S. List $795
IBM Wireless LAN Entry - 2.4GHz FH/SS, 600ft, 500Kbps signalling, PCMCIA
form factor, plus 8227 Access Point for 10baseT/ethernet.
U.S. List - Adapter $445, Access Point $1350
Has PCMCIA product. Either 900MHz or 2.4GHz.
Netwave RF technology 2.4 GHz, 1 Mbs. radio with 300-400kbs throughput.
PC Card Ethernet device, Ethernet access device, serial device for computers
lacking PC Card slot.
RangeLAN2/PCMCIA $700 500ft. 2.4GHz 1.6Mbps 100mW 15 users
Proxlink, Proxlink XR, RS-232 300bps-19.2kbps, 128kbps 256kbps 902MHz-928MHz
100mW 500mW, 400ft-800ft, spread spectrum, smart wireless modem
RangeLAN, wireless LAN
Mountain View, (415)960-1630
a Wireless lan system claimed to operate at 10Mbits/s.
"RadioLan/10 is a family of 10Mbps Access Units for wireless and 10BaseT Lans. Initially available in Parallel Port,ISA Bus and
PCMCIA versions, RadioLan/10 access Units can be connected from 150 feet to 400 feet apart in wireless mode and can also be
connected to a 10BaseT network." These guys are claiming a cost of $350 per user.
(408) 526-9174 (Fax)
PCMCIA card 1Mbps 2.4GHz 78 channels 150ft indoors
Sales: (800) 438-4526.
Telephone: (805) 376-9300.
Fax: (805) 376-9311.
Zenith RF LAN
Has PCMCIA card.
spread spectrum radio technology in the 2.4-2.4835 GHz band. This
multi-channel approach enables 15 independent wireless LANs to operate within the same physical space, effectively
increasing the aggregate capacity of a CruiseLAN network by 15 times.
Motorola - Wireless Data LAN Division
Altair Plus II, 18-19GHz, 5.7Mbps, wireless LAN ethernet bridge
3205 Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Motorola, Altair Product Operations
will release a 2.4-GHz wireless LAN system. To be
OEM-procured from AT&T Global Information Solutions Japan, the WL2
consists of a transceiver card and a bridge which links the unit to a
wired LAN and supports 2Mbps. The card and the bridge are priced at
$1,250 and $4,500, respectively. Global Business Data, 12/16/94
FreePort, 12Mbps raw, 5.7Mbps effective, spread spectrum 2.4GHz-2.4835GHz 5.725GHz-5.8GHz, 260 feet, wireless ethernet
bridge, wireless LAN
543 Great Rd.
Littleton, MA 01460
(508) 952-0170; fax (508) 952-0168.
10 Bearfoot Road
Northboro Massachusetts 01532
wireless ethernet transceiver, 902-928MHz, 90-300 feet, wireless LAN
FreeLINK/62 wireless ethernet hub, 260 feet, wireless LAN
Cabletron is a "Cadillac"
network equipment vendor that's on state contract, so the pricing is
Doesn't look like it would be terrific for PDAs or notebooks, but it's
a start. Cabletron is into interoperability, big-time, so there may be
other things compatible with it. The catalog page should be available
under the product name "FreePort" (A Windata product 2.4-GHz and 5.8-GHz).
FP-H62.3/F Wireless ethernet hub with antenna $7301
(specs claim 5.7Mbps throughput, 62 remote transceivers per hub,
ranger of 80 meters (263 ft)
FP-WT8.3 Wireless ethernet transceiver $1739
(up to 8 10baseT ethernet connections; AC powered, 22w;
DC specs are 2A@+5VDC, 1A@+12VDC, .5A@-5VDC)
35 Industrial Way
Rochester, NH 03867-5005
O'Neill Connectivities, Inc.
RS-LAWN, PC-LAWN, LAWN, RS-232 300bps-19.2kbps, 38.4Kbps 902MHz-928MHz 20mW,
spread spectrum, 200ft-500ft, wireless LAN, smart wireless modem
607 Horsham Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Alps Electric (USA) Inc.
RadioPort 242Kbps, spread spectrum 902MHz-928MHz, 800 feet
MS-DOS parallel port, IPX only, wireless LAN
3553 N. First St.
San Jose, CA 95134
Digital Ocean Inc
Grouper spread spectrum 2.4-2.5GHz, 250 foot radius
Apple PowerBook Duo, NuBus, AppleTalk wireless LAN
9101 W. 110th St., Suite 200
Overland Park, Kansas 66210
Microwave Radio Corp.
RF Internet Service for MANs
RF Point To Point Modems
article on Wireless Bridges
Wireless Modem List
20 miles, 115 KB uncompressed, spread spectrum frequency hopper, unlicensed,
Radios slightly too large.
1898 Flatiron Court - Suite 2B
Boulder CO 80301
The AirShare modules are about the size of a pack of cigs. One is AC powered
and attaches to the serial port of the fixed-device (like a desktop PC, or for
me, a modem). The other can either be powered by an AC adapter, a little 9V
battery, or if your mobile device supports it, a PS/2 mouse-port. It also
attaches to the serial port. You can select one of three different
communication channels (for up to three machines you wish to talk to). It
uses frequencies up in the 900MHz range, supports up to 115K bps, and
distances of up to about 30ft.
A 27 page Acrobat datasheet is available at:
in the "Communications, Wireless" directory.
Contact email@example.com for any questions about the modules.
They are sold in sets by Traveling Software. The set contains two
modules, a battery pack, PS/2 mouse/kbd 'piggy back' power adapter and
an AC adapter.
If interested, contact Traveling Software (the Lap-Link people):
Momentum Microsystems, Inc.: Aviator Wireless
Parallel port <-> xxxMHz 75Kb/sec
$129 per node.
GRE America, Inc.
The 5000 product goes to 19.2 now. The 6000 does 38.4 Kbps full duplex. These are both 900 Mhz units at 750 mwatt for the new
rule. There are similar units @2.4 Ghz. You can get error detection and correction in some models. The 2.4 Ghz units are 500
425 Harbor Blvd.
Belmont, CA 94002
(415) 591-2001 fax
5594 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Fl. 32810-1040
10 miles at speeds as fast as 25.6 Mb/s.
645 Southcenter, Suite 343,
Seattle, Washington 98188-2836
USA, Time Zone: PST or GMT +9
Phone (206) 865-9753
FAX (206) 562-6066
Cylink Web Site or
alternate web page
FT1, fractional T1, 5725MHz-5850MHz 1watt, spread spectrum,
unlicensed AirLink, RJ-11, RS-232, EIA-530, V.11, analog voice
64kbps 128kbps 256kbps 902MHz-928MHz < 1 watt, spread spectrum,
unlicensed, wireless modem
AIRLINK units too large to be portable.
310 N. Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Advanced Radio Technologies
Aerotron-Repco Sales, Inc.
NLR-96, NLQ-96, RS-232, RS-422,RS-485, 1200bps-9600bps 902MHz-928MHz spread spectrum 1 watt unlicensed
2400 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809
CCL901-DP, RS-232, 38.4Kbps, 902MHz-928MHz 10mW, 25KHz bandwidth,
full duplex, 200 foot range, dumb wireless modem
2211 Arbor Boulevard
Dayton, OH 45439
(513) 293-9756 fax
Microwave Data Systems
Their product (MDS 9310) is a spread spectrum radio transceiver, requiring
no license, with a standard RS-232 interface, and
data rates of 1200, 2400 and 4800 bps. Typical range is up to 15 miles
175 Science Parkway
Rochester, NY 14620
M.COM Network Systems
Wireless Links to Multiple Buildings
Internetwork LANS 5 miles or more
2,10,20,155 MBPS DATA, T1 VOICE
1748 Independence Blvd E-1
Sarasota, Fl. 34234-2152
For Faxback press 4
TAL (Tetherless Access Ltd.)
Mesh-architecture networks to provide LAN users with wireless
access to frame relay services and TCP/IP services, including the global Internet, over single-link distances of up to 30 Km. The
raw data rate for these networks is 160 Kbps. End users will see bursts on file transfers of over 100 Kbps and enjoy average
throughput of 64 Kbps.
Scientific Technologies Incorporated
One particular product of interest is the following:
Spectra Data 5514 Intelligent Modem
1200 - 38400 data rate
4.5 mile outdoor range, even through buildings
Packet Error Correction built in
Capable of using several in repeater configuration to extend range
They also offer a lesser model that is rated for 1200 - 19200 that doesn't
include the error correction
Young Design Incorporated
VHF/UHF/900 Mhz including Spread Spectrum. Claim they have modems that can
handle distances up to 50 miles.
Futaba Industrial Remote Controls
No information available on this one, other than radio control systems.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
6160 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite C-200
Atlanta, GA 30338
Tel: (404) 392-0002
Fax: (404) 392-9199
$699/node, 19.2Kbps, spread spectrum, 6km with rubber duckie,
contact: Mark Gibbard
location: 308809 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2E7M9
Infrared (IR) LANS
News item on Infrared suppliers
IBM Infrared Wireless LAN Adapters
PCMCIA 1Mbps, w/ integrated transceiver 17'x17' w/ tethered transceiver 30'x30'
12'/20' radius cell in open area
point to point version
Dynamic Cell Planning for Wireless Infrared In-House Data Transmission
1 800 IBM-0181
ON STATE CONTRACT (Microcomputer Contracts ):
0934340 INFARED WIRELESS PCMCIA ADPT 5MOQ=1 $505.12
IBM 5/94 REPL W/G1880
80G0900 Please see only available description below $610.32
IBM WIRELESS LAN PCMCIA
87G9740 Please see only available description below $350.6
INFARED WIRELESS LAN ADAPTER FOR PCMCIA SYSTEMS
Photonics Corp. (San Jose, California)
IR-based LAN products
PCMCIA 1Mbps, 25'x25' $399
ISA and parallel port ($349) versions
2940 N. First Street
San Jose, CA 95134
16Mbps, IBM token ring, Ethernet
12 Craig Road
Acton, MA 01720
PCMCIA card IR wireless adapters. range of 30 feet and data rate of 1Mbps
1237 Midas Way
Sunnyvale, Ca. 94086
Spectrix (Evanston, IL).
Infrared wireless LAN
A.T. Schindler Communications (ATS) (Ottawa, CA)
Ethernet system at 10 Mbps and a 4/16 Mbps switchable Token Ring unit
Infrared Point To Point High Data Rate
News item on Infrared suppliers
Infralink of America, Inc.
1925 North Lynn Street, Suite 703
Arlington, VA. 22209
voice: 404-409-7858 Fax 404-449-9236
5620 Timberlea Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4M6
Infrared alternative to microwave and spread-=spectrum solutions for wireless building-to-building links
Infrared Point To Point Modems
News item on Infrared suppliers
Infrared Data Association
Last year, a consortium of industry leaders, the Infra Red Data
Association, agreed on a standard for infrared data transmission,
Protocol 1.0. This low power standard transmits data at speeds up to
115.2-Kbps within a three-meter range. To implement the protocol, IrDA
estimates it will only cost $2 to $4 per unit.
P.O. Box 3883
Walnut Creek, California
Telephone: John LaRoche at (510) 943-6546
Photonics devices can be point to point.
Extended Systems, Inc.
JetEye, HP SIR infrared compatible printer and desktop computer interface
model ESI-9610A (a pair = $149) from
6123 N. Meeker Ave.
Boise, ID 83704 USA
Hewlett-Packard SIR 115Kbps wireless serial infrared licenser
Palo Alto, CA
K and M Electronics, Inc.
Diffuse IR, RS-232, 19.2kbps or voice, dumb wireless modem
11 Interstate Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089
makes an Infrared Cordless PCMCIA faxmodem
Precision Tracking FM, Inc.
Precision Tracking builds a realtime wireless data collection system called collectIR that enables people to locate their high
15001 East Beltwood Parkway
Dallas, Texas, 75244
Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp serial infrared used on Wizard organizers and Apple Newton MessagePad
5700 NE Pacific Rim Boulevard, MS 20
Camas, WA 98607-9489
Digital Ocean Inc
Grouper spread spectrum 2.4-2.5GHz, 250 foot radius Apple PowerBook Duo, NuBus, AppleTalk wireless LAN
unveiled Tarpon, a PDA that integrates Apple
Computer Inc.'s Newton MessagePad technology with Digital Ocean's
wireless connector. Digital Ocean said Tarpon includes features such
as backlighting, a waterproof ruggedized case, a single integrated
powerful battery and support for RS-232 inputs that provide
connections to devices such as laser scanners, digital cameras and
printers. Tarpon will ship in 2Q95 at an expected price of
$3,000. Tarpon supports forms-based data entry, voice communications
and plug-in capabilities for wireless LAN (915 MHz or 2.4 GHz
modules), wireless WAN, and GPS. It is compatible with off-the-shelf
and third party Newton software. The initial Tarpon product line will
also include an optional communications server that allows a remote
Tarpon to collect or retrieve real-time information from the
server. Dow Jones News, 1/3/95, via DowVision
11206 Thompson Ave
Apple Macintosh IR LAN
Instant infrared connection for the PowerBook 5300 and 190:
Farallon's AirDock infrared adapter lets users link their
infrared-equipped PowerBook computers to their desktop Macintosh computers.
Built in Infrared.
Sony MAGIC LINK
Built in Infrared.
Infrared Transceiver; FSK modulated, 38.4 Kbps
4800 bps send/receive two-way radio packet modem (ARDIS)
Infrared transceiver, half-duplex, 1 meter range 38.4 Kbps max.;
Two-way, wide-area wireless packet-data modem;
Dual protocol: MDC4800 operating at 4.8 Kbps, RDLAP operating at 19.2 Kbps;
Frequency: 806-821 MHz transmit, 851-866 MHz receive
A PC device:
The FORTE CommPad's internal radio modem operates on Motorola's 800
MHz Private DataTAC data networks using MDC
or RD-LAP protocols, communicating at data speeds of up to 19.2 Kbps.
Future plans include support for radios capable of MDC and RD-LAP in other RF bands and operating on public data networks,
as well as Motorola's new digital platforms, such as ASTRO and iDEN for integrated voice and data communications.
Digital Wireless Corps of Norcross, Ga.
In addition to fax support, Casio will add wirelass LAN connectivity to the
Zoomer thru a joint venture with Digital Wireless Corps of Norcross, Ga.
Digital Wireless will integrate it's Wireless WIT915 spread spectrum radio
transceiver with the PDA in a rugged casing for $1995. The integrated device
is due in June, said Scott Nelson, a product manager at Casio.
Zenith Cruise Pad
point to point link to host PC, LAN version allows roaming
2.4GHz 1.6Mbps 500ft (1000ft in open space)
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Netweek: Wireless LAN yields horizontal mobility [0.8406]
Outline: Wireless LAN yields horizontal mobility
October 16, 1995
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By Terry Tam
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