Introducing the Pakedge W5L Wireless Access Point and Controller: Residential Virtual Cell Technology with Reliable, Seamless Wi-Fi Roaming

For Immediate Release Date: November 17, 2011 Contact: Nick Phillips, 650-385-8712, Frank Doris / Media Relations, 631-645-5668,

Foster City, CA - Pakedge Device & Software announced today the introduction of its W5L Wireless Access Point and Controller. The W5L incorporates the company's exclusive Residential Virtual Cell Technology to enable multiple wireless access points in a large home network to function as a single "virtual" wireless access point (WAP), thereby enabling seamless Wi-Fi roaming for an iPad®, touch panel, VoIP Wi-Fi phone or another portable device.

Wireless home networks that cover a large area require multiple WAPs to achieve adequate coverage. However, when a person moves from the coverage area of one wireless access point to another, there is typically an interruption in service as one WAP "hands off" to another. The result is an interrupted video stream, phone call or data stream, or lost commands from a touch panel.

The Pakedge W5L and its accompanying CTL-W5N Wireless Virtualization Management Controller provide an innovative, cost-effective and extremely reliable solution. The W5L and CTL-W5N use Residential Virtual Cell Technology to link the operation of all the wireless access points in a network together so that they all appear as a single wireless access point to a device (client). The result is glitch-free roaming over the entire home network, because with Virtual Cell Technology, the client device always "sees" a single WAP and never has to initiate a handoff (as in conventional Wi-Fi systems).

A single dedicated "virtual WAP" is created for each client on the network. This dedicated WAP can be customized to the client around speed and bandwidth to optimize the performance of the applications the device needs to run. Similar to a wired Ethernet port, this "virtual port" eliminates latency, jitter and competition for bandwidth since there is always only one client on each "wireless" port.

The W5L is compact and easy to install in custom installation audio/video systems and home networks. It features six simultaneous dual-band radios with omnidirectional antennas for reliable operation even in larger homes. The W5L is preconfigured to work with Pakedge routers and VLAN (virtual local area network) switch solutions, and provides centralized configuration and management and multilayer security and scalability, while eliminating co-channel interference and the need for channel planning. If additional WAPs are plugged into the network, they will automatically configure.

The W5L offers useful monitoring capabilities including self-monitoring, and real-time and cumulative performance metrics for individual wireless devices, access points and the network as a whole, all from a single interface.

The W5L is powered by a standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) power source. It supports all 802.11a/b/g/n devices, with 802.11n support in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands using 40MHz channel bonding.

The Pakedge Residential Virtual Cell Wi-Fi system is now available and is sold as a kit which includes a quantity of W5L Wireless Access Points, a Power-over-Ethernet switch and CTL-W5N Wireless Virtualization Management Controller.

W5L - 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless access point with 4 dual-band antennas
Extensive built-in security features
All radios capable of scanning 802.11n, 802.11a and 802.11b/g for rogue devices
Infrastructure-controlled, zero-loss handoff mechanism for standard Wi-Fi clients
Preemptive roaming and load balancing with band steering is built-in by design
Zero configuration: automatically selects power and channel settings, automatically discovers controllers and downloads configuration settings
Centralized and remote management and software upgrades via System Director web-based GUI
Intelligent RF management
Wireless Standards: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.11i support (AES, WEP, WPA, WPA2), IEEE 802.11e, WMM
Internal, MIMO, dual-band omnidirectional antennas
Configurable dynamic QoS rules; user-configurable static and dynamic QoS rules per application
Dimensions: 6-3/4" W x 4 1/4" D x 1 1/4" H
Weight: 1lb

Wireless Compliance: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, IEEE 802.11i support (AES, WEP, WPA, WPA2), IEEE 802.11e, WMM
Automatic discovery and configuration: all access points
Wired/Switching: IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging, GRE tunneling and IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
Full complement of advanced security features
Infrastructure-controlled zero-loss handoff mechanism for standard Wi-Fi clients
Virtual Cell provides load balancing coordination for improved performance and WLAN resiliency upon AP failure
Full selection of advanced management features
Dimensions: 17" W x 1 3/4" H x 11" D
Weight: 8.6 lbs
iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Contact or call our sales team at (650) 385-8702
for additional information.

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