Macs and PCs Talk Through Wireless LAN
Digital Ocean Inc., Digital Equipment Corp. and Lucent Technologies have joined forces to provide the first wireless LAN that embraces both Apple and PC platforms. With this new system, organizations with mixed platform environments can use a single, wireless access point to support both Intel- and Macintosh-based wireless devices.
The creation revolves around the new ability of two Digital Ocean station products for the Apple platform to operate with Digital`s RoamAbout and Lucent`s WaveLAN wireless system for the PC environment. The Digital Ocean remote products include the Manta and Grouper series. The Manta series provides AAUI or 10BaseT connection to any Macintosh, and the Grouper series supports LocalTalk connections for any legacy Macintosh or Newton MessagePad. Both product series, initially offered in 915 MHz, provide wireless Ethernet connectivity to wired infrastructures through RoamAbout and WavePOINT Access Points. This makes it possible for Macintosh machines using either LocalTalk or EtherTalk to join PC-based machines in a wireless LAN that reaches across the enterprise.
A complementary RoamAbout wireless LAN adapter line includes both PC cards and ISA adapters that use both the 915-MHz and 2.4-GHz frequency bands and supports both frequency hopping and direct sequence wireless technologies. This gives users the freedom to choose the wireless technology that best suits their mobility and application needs.
One of the key components of the WaveLAN product family is a small, compact unit that enables WaveLAN and Digital Ocean stations to access devices on wired networks. WavePOINT can be installed on a desktop, ceiling, wall or in a wiring closet with the antenna outside. Features include integrated roaming, SNMP management, optional security, multicast delay, site survey tools and network administrator utility software with radio path diagnostics.