The Deliberant APC Echo 5 from Duxbury Networking is a newly-released device designed to complement offset dish antennae to boost long range wireless connectivity by up to 50 kilometres.
Equipped with a high output power MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) radio, the APC Echo 5 uses an operating system designed to support network bridge/ router and wireless repeater modes.
“Repeater mode allows the product to operate as an access point and as a station at the same time,” explains Andy Robb, chief technology officer at Duxbury Networking, adding that the device’s operating system also supports Deliberant’s iPoll, a proprietary wireless communication technology that increases throughput, packet-per-second rate, and stabilises network latency.
“It has a user-friendly Adobe Flex-based GUI offering instant reconfiguration without a reboot and also includes useful installation tools such as site survey, delayed reboot, spectrum analyser, ping and traceroute.
“It is compatible with Deliberant’s stand-alone and cloud based Wireless Network Management System (WNMS) – one of the most advanced management tools on the market,” notes Robb.
A key advantage of the APC Echo 5 is said to be its mounting system, designed to use standard satellite offset dish antennas to provide increased system gain and distance. “These antennas are readily obtainable, thereby reducing freight and inventory costs for our resellers and their end-users,” adds Robb.
Other features include an aluminium housing designed to improve RF performance particularly in interference-laden environments and Deliberant’s dual firmware which permits remote software upgrades even if a power failure interrupts the process. The device will restart using the prior firmware in the event of an upgrade failure.