Press Release Summary:
FlightExpress™ 100 Ethernet optical wireless solution is designed for enterprise customers with 2 or more buildings requiring connectivity at distances of 200 m or less. Weighing 9 lb, compact unit provides throughput at full-duplex rate of 100 Mbps, and includes Power over Ethernet (PoE), which eliminates need for additional electrical wiring to power system. FlightExpress 100 system includes 2 linkheads, PoE injectors, and mounts.
Original Press Release:
LightPointe Hits Aggressive Price Point with New Fast Ethernet Optical Wireless Product for Enterprise Campus Networks and LAN-to-LAN Connectivity
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13 / -- LightPointe, a designer and manufacturer of high-speed outdoor wireless products, today introduced the FlightExpress™ 100, the newest member of its Flight™ family of products. The FlightExpress 100 is specifically designed for enterprise customers with two or more buildings requiring connectivity at distances of 200 meters or less. The FlightExpress 100 delivers Fast Ethernet speed and sets the new benchmark for high-quality, affordable enterprise outdoor bridging solutions.
The FlightExpress 100 is ideal for "quick hop" high-speed wireless links, such as across a parking lot or a public street. In these scenarios, the FlightExpress 100 provides substantial deployment improvements in time and budget over fiber-optic cable, which often involves installation challenges, lengthy delays or exorbitant trenching costs. Additionally, the FlightExpress 100 provides substantially higher throughput at a full-duplex rate of 100Mbps than 802.11 radio frequency (RF) bridges that operate at half-duplex rates of 11Mbps or 54Mbps.
According to Bob Preston, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at LightPointe, the FlightExpress 100 further extends the company's optical wireless product portfolio for entry-level enterprise customers, while continuing to offer many of the features from the company's industry-leading FlightLite product line. "With FlightExpress, we've continued to build upon our products' proven combination of throughput, ease of installation and affordability," he says. "By providing aggressively priced high-speed connections for distances of 200 meters or less, FlightExpress 100 immediately gives more enterprises an opportunity to experience the bandwidth and economic advantages of optical wireless."
Weighing less than nine pounds, the compact-sized FlightExpress 100 includes Power over Ethernet (PoE), which eliminates the need for additional electrical wiring to power the system. Since making its debut on LightPointe's FlightLite 100 offering, the PoE feature has won significant popularity with enterprise customers, making installations easier and more economical.
"By adding FlightExpress 100 to our lineup of LightPointe's proven Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet products, we now can offer organizations a simple, cost-effective solution to short-range connectivity challenges," says Michael Feng, director of systems integration for PEC, Inc., a Syracuse, N.Y.-based systems integrator and LightPointe Premier Partner. "With FlightExpress 100, we can bypass the biggest problems in these situations, including rights-of-way issues, trenching, circumventing utilities, traversing parking lots, etc."
For WAN Partnership, a LightPointe Premier Partner in Berkshire, England with strong expertise in wireless connectivity, the FlightExpress 100 offers a compelling value proposition. "LightPointe has leveraged its engineering excellence to develop a high-quality, entry-level optical wireless product that is ideal for short point-to-point links," says Brian King, marketing manager at WAN Partnership. "With FlightExpress 100, we look forward to extending our success with LightPointe's proven optical wireless family while meeting the price pressures for highly affordable connectivity among enterprises, educational institutions and government entities."
Shipping later this month at manufacturer's suggested pricing under $4,500 (USD) for a complete point-to-point system, FlightExpress 100 is available through LightPointe's global network of authorized distributors, value-added resellers and systems integrators. A FlightExpress 100 system includes two linkheads, PoE injectors and mounts.
In addition to the FlightExpress 100 and best-selling FlightLite 100 and FlightLite 100E, LightPointe offers the FlightStrata optical wireless product line with advanced multi-beam auto tracking and speeds up to 1.25Gbps; the FlightStrata 100 XA, the first integrated Fast Ethernet optical wireless link combined with license-free 5.8-GHz RF technology; and FlightSpectrum, carrier-class, Gigabit Ethernet products.
LightPointe designs and manufactures high-speed outdoor wireless products for cost-effective bridging in enterprise and carrier networks. LightPointe's outdoor wireless solutions have earned high marks in enterprise networking installations for linking two or more buildings in classic LAN-to-LAN backbone connectivity with extraordinarily high-bandwidth from 100 Mbps up to 1.25 Gbps. LightPointe outdoor wireless solutions are unique in that they use optical wireless based on free-space optics (FSO) technology and are license-free worldwide. The company's patented DualPath architecture integrates auto-switching optical wireless as a primary path and license-free 5.8 GHz radio frequency (RF) wireless as a secondary and redundant data path for industry-leading 99.999 percent network availability and uptime. LightPointe products have been deployed in more than 60 countries, and the company is recognized worldwide for the highest standards of quality and service.