Access Point enables wireless communication in schools.

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Mobility Point® 371 (MP-371) single-radio wireless access point features dual diversity antennas on 2.4 and 5 GHz bands as well as two 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports and 802.3af PoE. Device can be configured to run in 802.11a or 802.11b/g mode and can also be configured with Wi-Fi Multimedia or SpectraLink Voice Priority. When unit is deployed with bandwidth management capability in Trapeze Mobility System Software®, wireless network traffic can be prioritized by user class.

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Trapeze Reinforces Growing Position in Education Wi-Fi® Market with New Low-Cost Access Point

New Single-Radio Mobility Point® 371 Provides Superior Price/Performance for Schools

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 23 / - Trapeze Networks®, the award-winning provider of Smart Mobile(TM) wireless solutions, today announced it is shipping the Mobility Point® 371 (MP-371), an enterprise-class wireless access point offered at an aggressively low price point that is targeted at the education market. Featuring a single radio, the MP-371 is simple to deploy, easy to manage, and supports any kind of service-data, voice and video-on a Wi-Fi network. It is a perfect option for budget-constrained schools where single-radio access points can provide the bandwidth and performance to meet the school's requirements.

"Schools all over the world face a common problem - increasing demands to provide wireless connectivity for students and faculty on very tight budgets," said Jim Vogt, president and chief executive officer, Trapeze Networks. "Trapeze has a proven track record of meeting the needs of the education market with numerous K-12 customers such as Livermore Unified School District in California, Olathe School District in Kansas and Pinellas County Schools in Florida, as well as large universities like Cardiff University - the UK's largest Wireless LAN, serving 30,000 students across 66 buildings. The introduction of the high-quality, economical MP-371 once again demonstrates our commitment to deliver the best price/performance value in the industry for education customers."

High Quality, Performance and Reliability

The MP-371 is manufactured to meet Trapeze's stringent quality standards, ensuring high reliability and performance. The unit can be configured to run in either an 802.11a or 802.11b/g mode, providing customers with additional deployment flexibility. It features dual diversity antennas on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and has two 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports for redundant connectivity and 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE). To ensure optimal quality of service (QoS) for voice traffic, the MP-371 can be configured with Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) or SpectraLink Voice Priority (SVP). Policies allow per user, protocol or class-of-service (CoS) mapping.

Inconspicuous "Smoke Detector" Design

Intentionally designed to resemble a smoke detector, the MP-371 is highly inconspicuous even if installed in a visible area. In addition, the unit is plenum-rated and can be installed out of sight in the air space above a drop ceiling. With no obvious hallmarks of an access point, the MP-371 is less likely to be tampered with. It also features a built-in Kensington lock system for added physical security.

Onboard Encryption Improves Network Performance

Like all members of Trapeze's Mobility Point family of access points, the MP-371 is configured and controlled by a Mobility Exchange(R) controller and performs local encryption onboard, which maintains full throughput performance even with computationally-intensive AES encryption turned on. Offloading encryption from the MX controller to the MP also leaves the controller free to enforce stringent security policies and enable fast, seamless identity-based roaming. The result is faster performance and more efficient network utilization than competing products.

Bandwidth Management Enables Traffic Prioritization by User Class

When the MP-371 is deployed with the bandwidth management capability in Trapeze Mobility System Software®, customers can prioritize wireless network traffic by different classes of users. For example, schools can allocate wireless bandwidth to allow higher levels of priority for security personnel, faculty or administrative staff. The ability to prioritize traffic in this way is often a motivation for selecting higher-priced dual-radio access points, because it allows network managers to segregate faculty and staff on one band (802.11a) and students on another (802.11b/g). With Trapeze's bandwidth management, customers can achieve the same result with the lower-cost single-radio MP-371.

MP-371 Pricing and Availability

The MP-371 is available and shipping today. The unit list price is $349. It, along with all other Trapeze products, can be purchased directly from Trapeze Networks or any Trapeze Authorized Reseller. For more information call 1-877-359-8779 or visit

Special Trapeze Pricing for Education Customers

Trapeze Networks provides specially discounted pricing on other Trapeze products for qualified educational institutions, including schools, school districts, colleges and universities (both public and private). To find out more, contact Trapeze Networks or a Trapeze Authorized Reseller.

Additional Discounts Available through E-Rate

As a participant in the federal government's E-Rate program, Trapeze's products are eligible for significant E-Rate discounts to schools. Trapeze's E-Rate Service Provider Identification Number (SPIN) is 143031734.

About Trapeze Networks

Trapeze Networks delivers Smart Mobile(TM) - a ground-breaking approach to wireless networking, enabling organizations to deploy massively scalable mobile applications that leverage their existing infrastructure. Smart Mobile achieves this breakthrough by introducing intelligent switching, the first and only WLAN architecture that optimizes network traffic based on the underlying application. With Smart Mobile intelligent switching, organizations can support the most demanding next generation wireless applications such as toll-quality voice over WLAN for thousands of users, seamless indoor/outdoor mobility, and high-speed networks based on 802.11n - all without requiring expensive forklift upgrades. Trapeze Networks is well-capitalized, with strategic investments from networking industry leaders including Juniper Networks, Motorola, and Nortel Networks. Founded in March 2002, Trapeze is headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with operations in Europe, Japan, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit

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