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Turning to other wireless topics, AirMagnet announced one if its most expensive products to date. The new AirMagnet Vo-Fi Analyzer is a dedicated voice-over-wireless-LAN tool that can monitor VoIP calls end-to-end on both wired and wireless networks.

The Analyzer validates and monitors QoS for all devices on the network with users able to see the relative amount of voice and data traffic. The product can also identify mismatched QoS settings and ensure all traffic is handled according to QoS prioritization standards. Other features include VoWLAN-specific Alarming, real-time statistical analysis and device analysis capable of mapping out VoWLAN connections, separating voice traffic from data traffic for further analysis, and detecting potential device problems.

The Analyzer also features wireless voice-quality monitoring including calcuation of R-values and mean opinion scores (MOS), for each channel as well as every individual call. Pricing starts at $15,000, with first shipments starting in July.

Airmagnet's other bit of news is that its WLAN analysis solutions can now run on Aruba's managed WLAN systems. Aruba's wireless mobility platform enables the AirMagnet analyzer to operate in both passive and active modes.

In passive mode, the Airmagnet analyzer receives real-time data directly from the Aruba controller and access points, providing monitoring and troubleshooting functions concurrent with client sessions. Active mode enables the AirMagnet analyzer to control individual access points (APs) to perform complete interactive channel, throughput and device analysis, but without client support.

Also in the enterprise wireless space, Meru Networks, announced its Wireless Backbone System that it says "eliminates the need for wiring" in distribution and access networks. The system uses a combination two new access points, a modified version of Meru's RS4000 Radio Switch and new software to implement wireless access, distribution and backbone networking layers.

The new Wireless Backbone System components include the AP150-WB dual radio access point for low-density environments, RS4000-WB and Meru Wireless Backbone Software application for the Meru line of MC Controllers. Also included is a new version of Meru's AP-200 access point, the AP208-WB with "wireless backbone" software.

The new system will be available in July with pricing of $995 for the AP150-WB, $1295 for the AP208-WB and $2995 for the RS4000-WB. Upgrades will be available for existing AP208 and RS4000 units starting at $595 and $1595 per unit respectively.

Speaking of VoWLAN (well, I was earlier), Trapeze is touting a "first" demonstration of Wi-Fi MultiMedia (WMM) support using handsets from SpectraLink and Taiwanese ODM Unex. The Interop Labs demo will show a Trapeze WLAN Mobility System simultaneously supporting calls using both Spectalink's proprietary Voice Priority (SVP) and WMM.

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