Cambium aims purpose-built switch at multi-gigabit fixed wireless broadband networks

May 4, 2021
Single box solution with automated configuration and reduced cabling requirements simplifies tower deployment and improves efficiency.
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Cambium Networks (NASDAQ: CMBM) has announced a new family of switches that the manufacturer says are purpose-built for service provider tower deployments.

Designed for multi-gigabit Fixed Wireless Broadband (FWB) network operators, Cambium says its cnMatrix TX series of switches provides a fully integrated switching platform that simplifies deployment operations while improving network performance.

As summarized by the company, the new Cambium Networks cnMatrix TX switches offer:

  • Intelligent Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability with GPS synchronization with redundant dual sources and enterprise-grade, L2/L3 switching.
  • Enhanced security with Policy-Based Automation (PBA) that enhances edge security through auto segmentation, auto device profiling and auto policy enforcement. By blocking unknown devices, the switch only allows known devices to connect.
  • Automation to simplify operations with plug and play self-optimizing capabilities which eliminate manual and time-consuming configuration. Automated features include algorithms and zero-touch capabilities to streamline provisioning, installation and daily operations.
  • A single box solution purpose built for FWB that replaces multiple elements for synchronization and switching along with associated cabling. Switches include dual redundant AC/DC removeable power supplies with increased power budget and management features.

The cnMatrix TX switches are available in versions with 8-, 16- and 24 1Gbps ports with four 10 Gbps (SFP+) fiber ports.

"Cambium Networks has deep experience working with wireless networks, and the needs of fixed wireless broadband operators guided our development," comments John Mead, senior director of engineering for Cambium Networks. "cnMatrix TX switches offer Wireless ISP operators a non-blocking, fully managed, enterprise-grade L2/L3 switch portfolio, flexible and intelligent PoE and Cambium synchronization in a single-box solution that is easy to install and manage while improving network performance."

"The Cambium Networks cnMatrix TX switch packs of lot of great capabilities in one box that makes it ideal for WISP tower deployments," attests Eric Ozrelic, CEO and founder, Webformix Wireless Internet. "With GPS synchronization, flexible PoE options, dual redundant AC/DC power supplies and a fully featured Layer 2/3 switching functionality, we have what we need to offer excellent service. Policy-Based Automation and cnMaestro management make deployment and ongoing management of the switch and our entire network super simple."

"Our digital highway project includes connectivity for police stations, educational institutions and healthcare facilities in 116 municipalities. We needed a solution that was easy to implement and deliver outstanding performance," added Alejandro Olarte Carrillo, Profesional Universitario, Secretaria TIC, Gobernación de Cundinamarca, Colombia. "The cnMatrix TX switches had an immediate impact on our system. We improved the quality and reliability of our communication services by 85%. With management system integration, we also improved response times, reduced the number of incidents by 52%, and decreased equipment connectivity failures by 73%."

Cambium Networks' full range of products is available through its global network of partners. Learn more. 

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