Watching WiMax

Omnitronix has released a monitoring tool to allow network managers to remotely monitor WiMax antennae and communications hubs. The box includes a variety of physical monitoring sensors.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  February 2, 2005

Omnitronix has released the SNMP-Link Model SL81 Remote Site Manager, which is designed to help companies overcome WiMax implementation challenges. One of the biggest challenges to WiMax operation is maintaining continuous and economical service regardless of weather conditions and power irregularities or outages. The vendor claims this necessitates attention to issues such as the monitoring of electric power and environmental conditions and remotely managing communications-related devices. The SNMP-Link Model SL81 Remote Site Manager provides remote monitoring and management services (such as handling serial alarms), on-board contact closure alarms, on-board temperature and humidity sensors, remote serial access, and alarm notification and resolution. With this device, network staff situated at the head-end can talk directly to serial devices at distant locations. Once an alarm condition is detected, for example, a technician can connect to a serial device to diagnose and correct the problem, thus preventing the need for a service run. WiMax provides high-speed, high-throughput broadband connections over distances of up to 30 miles, which is greater than the approximately 100 metre limit with Wi-Fi. Exhibiting a surprising amount of utility, WiMax can be used for a number of different applications, including last mile broadband connections, cellular backhaul, and high-speed enterprise connections for businesses.

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