Bluesocket’s New Gateway Based On Open Standards

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Bluesocket is using NetWorld Interop next week in Las Vegas to unveil its third-generation, open-standards wireless gateway, which adds speed, switching and management of multivendor WLANs, along with support for hundreds of users, devices and access points.

The WGX-4000 Switch Wireless Gateway is a high-performance WLAN management and security platform that aggregates WLAN traffic from existing edge switches as well as directly connected access points, said Eric Janszen, president and CEO of Bluesocket, based here. "[The WGX-4000] sits physically or virtually between the mobile devices and access points to intercept a packet or enforce policy in a packet," he said. "Most of our large customers that have become accustomed to using multiple vendors' access points want to stay that way."

The WGX-4000, slated for availability by the end of June, is the newest addition to Bluesocket's Secure Mobility Matrix architecture. Pricing will be announced at a later date, Janszen said.

The WGX-4000 supports wireless devices and access points from all major vendors and features support for most mobile devices and operating systems, Janszen said. Other features include Gigabit managed and protected interfaces and eight 10/100 interfaces on the managed side for traffic aggregation. The WGX-4000 also offers 800-Mbps throughput for clear traffic and 400 Mbps for IPsec encrypted traffic, making it ideal for high-density deployments, he said.

Norbert Sluzewski, president and CEO of DataVox, a longtime Bluesocket wireless integrator partner in New York, said the vendor has improved what was already a "solidly thought-through architecture for how wireless security ought to be addressed."

"[With 800 Mbps of throughput], that's more than twice the previous generation," Sluzewski said. "That makes it viable in terms of placing it truly in the core and having an entire enterprise of wireless gateway products all hone in on this one central unit, and have it serve as a central security gateway."

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