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NetComm helps companies build large, multi-site HotSpots with HS900 RADIUS solution

  • 23 June, 2004 14:26

<p>SYDNEY, June 23, 2004 - Australian broadband specialists NetComm today extended its successful portfolio of wireless Internet offerings with the launch of the HS900 HotSpot solution.</p>
<p>Equipped with a RADIUS client, the HS900 is designed to enable companies to provide, manage and bill for wireless Internet access to as many as 100 customers per unit, while being able to be deployed in multiple numbers for large scale, multi-site services.</p>
<p>Proprietors are able to store and manage large repositories of customer data, such as authentication and registration details, meaning that wireless Internet customers can return to use the service at their discretion.</p>
<p>“For the uninitiated, the concept of creating, let alone profiting from a wireless hotspot seems like hard work,” said NetComm managing director David Stewart, “however, the reality is that businesses need only have their own high-speed connection - such as ADSL - in order to create an entirely new revenue stream using a NetComm HotSpot solution.”</p>
<p>The HS900 also provides unprecedented levels of flexibility and ease-of-use for Hotspot customers.</p>
<p>Customers accessing email, the Internet or company network via an HS900-HotSpot must be allocated with a user name and password – such as that provided in Windows - so that they can be authenticated with a RADIUS server.</p>
<p>This differs from conventional, WiFi-style services, which demand that users register their personal details, including credit card, with a specific provider. Users of these services are also often charged more for fairly restricted access.</p>
<p>Growing demand for enhanced mobility amongst both business and consumer customers is firmly reflected in the surging sales of portable computers in Australia and around the world. The prevalence of Centrino and other wireless technologies, in addition to the rapid slimming down of notebooks is also boosting the broad appeal of ‘go-anywhere’ computing.</p>
<p>Since launching in February its debut HotSpot solution, the HS800, NetComm has seized more than 40 percent of the Australian hotspot market. Demand for the product has been strongest throughout the hospitality, education and convention centre sectors.</p>
<p>NetComm expects its position within the local hotspot market to be cemented further with the HS900, mainly because it will allow companies to deploy highly robust and manageable hotspot solutions on a large scale.</p>
<p>“The mobility trend has shown no signs of wavering with demand for wireless Internet increasing strongly in Australia,” Mr Stewart said, adding: “The existence of practical and affordable solutions that address the needs of both providers and customers will play an important part in the eventual maturity of the wireless market.”</p>
<p>The HS900 is a one-box HotSpot solution featuring an 80211b + (22 Mbps) wireless router, 4-port switch with RADIUS support, providing an instant wireless Internet connection for up to 100 users at a time, across multiple sites and from a single location. The product uses IP Plug and Play technology, meaning that new users and IP configurations such as DHCP, Private IP and Static IP are immediately recognised thereby removing the need for users to re-configure their wireless laptop or PDA.</p>
<p>Other features include remote administration and support for either a centralised or backup RADIUS server. The HS900 also boasts VPN (Virtual Private Network) passthrough and tunnelling capabilities, delivering an even greater level of overall flexibility.</p>
<p>The HS900 retails for around $2035.00 (Inc GST).</p>
<p>About NetComm</p>
<p>NetComm is Australia’s leading provider of broadband solutions with a commanding position across the key markets of DSL, wireless, routing, high-speed networking and digital surveillance systems. The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: NTC). For specific enquiries or to arrange an interview with David Stewart or one of our engineers, contact David Binning: (02) 9424 2515, 0410 644 972, davidb@netcomm.com.au. Alternatively, visit www.netcomm.com.au.</p>

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