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From applications to ROI: System architecture for wireless meshes

While discussions of advanced wireless technologies for metro- and wide-area deployments tend to focus on such topics and technologies as EV-DO, UMB, UMTS, HSDPA/HSUPA, LTE, and WiMAX, it's very important to remember that metro-scale Wi-Fi installations are a critical element in this space. Metro-scale Wi-Fi meshes have a number of key advantages that we believe will have a major impact on service providers and mobile users alike far into the future. The three most important of these are architectural flexibility, application support, and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits deriving from the inherent nature of a Wi-Fi-based mesh. This report explores each of these attributes in some detail, and to illustrate how the architectural strategies used to implement wireless mesh networks can have a profound impact on the performance and financial success of a metro-scale wireless mesh deployments.

To read the full report, download this PDF: From applications to ROI: System architecture for wireless meshes

About the author: Craig Mathias is a principal with Farpoint Group, an advisory firm based in Ashland, Mass., specializing in wireless networking and mobile computing. The firm works with manufacturers, enterprises, carriers, government, and the financial community on all aspects of wireless and mobile. He can be reached at

This was first published in June 2007

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