May 13, 2004 San Diego, CA -- LightPointe, manufacturer of optical wireless products based on free-space optics (FSO) technology, has introduced what it claims is the first optical wireless product to fully incorporate IEEE 802.af standard-compliant Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology.
The FlightLite 100 is designed to deliver the most cost-effective solution for private network operators who have previously relied on leased copper T1 lines or fiber-optic cable from their local service providers. It provides 100 Mbits of full-duplex, point-to-point, and Fast Ethernet connectivity optimized at a distance of 500 meters. The FlightLite 100 product chassis is based on LightPointe's FlightLite product line, which is deployed in more than 60 countries worldwide.
"The FlightLite 100 is our new entry-level solution for LAN operators who need bandwidth but are forced to accept an insufficient T1 solution from their local service provider or an outdoor wireless solution that cannot deliver full-duplex connectivity," explains Lawrence B. Prior III, LightPointe president and CEO. "With this new product, LightPointe can now offer an even broader range of connectivity options for LANs. Our customers can select their optical wireless solution, based not only on bandwidth and performance, but also price," he adds. "And they do not have to wait for a service provider to provision lines."
The FlightLiteI100's economic value proposition is compelling, says the company. It provides 60 times the bandwidth of a T1/E1 connection and has a payback period of six months. After that, the LAN operator is saving the money each month that was previously spent on the T1/E1 lease. For those replacing a fiber lease, the savings are almost immediate. The FlightLite 100 is ideal for private network operators who want Fast Ethernet connectivity with simple installation and control over their costs structure.
Because the FlightLite 100 incorporates low voltage PoE technology, there is no need for a certified electrician to install the system. By using a standard UPS powered PoE mispan hub, the FlightLite 100 also has the added advantage of improved network availability and mission critical data protection during electrical power outages or blackouts.