Thursday, October 07, 2004

FCC lets startup deploy 4.9 GHz mobile mesh nets

The Federal Communication Commission has granted startup MeshNetworks an experimental license to deploy a number of fixed and mobile mesh networks in the 4.9 GHz band.

MeshNetworks has been working on a wireless mesh networking solution that couples radio technology with routing capabilities. At the heart of MeshNetworks solution is a Layer 2 protocol that relies on such metrics as received signal strength, error rates, and data rates to derive the optimum route within a network. The FCC grant allows MeshNetworks to deploy a total of 1000 nodes, with a maximum of 200 per demonstration network. Each node is licensed to operate with a maximum effective radiated power (ERP) of up 16 W.

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