Saturday, October 27, 2007

Saxnet intros Meshnode III mesh networking router

Lookin' for a WLAN router with a 500MHz AMD processor within? If you're frantically waving your hand in a futile attempt to say yes, Saxnet's got your goods. The German firm's Meshnode III is a well-spec'd mesh networking router that features a "full x86-based system" within, four radio modules and "an integrated heating and cooling system" to boot. Additionally, this thing packs 256MB of RAM (expandable to 1GB), a pair of 512MB CF cards (expandable to 16GB each), 802.11a/b/g support, twin USB 2.0 ports, a rugged, water-resistant enclosure and Debian GNU / Linux runnin' the show. As you may expect, such a loaded device comes with a fairly stiff pricetag, but at least you've got a few months to save up the $1,150 it'll take to snap one up when it lands in January.

Meshnode III specifications

The Meshnode III's specs are listed as follows:
CPU -- AMD Geode (X86) LX 700 (standard), 800, 900
256MB RAM, expandable to 1GB
CompactFlash -- two 512MB flash cards, expandable to 16GB each
1 x 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
802.11a/b/g (5GHz/2.4GHz/2.4GHz, respectively)
Transmit power -- 100 to 600 mW
Aerial ports -- 8 x N-female (4 x diversity)
Meshing technology:
OSI Layer 2 with ad-hoc and infrastructural mode
Aggregate data rate -- up to 108Mbps with SuperA encodings (WEP/WPA/WPA2)
Other I/O ports:
2 x USB 2.0
2 x serial ports
VGA video
2 x CompactFlash slots
4 x Mini PCI sockets
50 digital I/O lines (optional)
Housing -- water- and UV-resistant Makrolon
Dimensions -- 10.2 x 7.9 inches (260 x 200 mm); 13.8 x 13.4 inches (350 x 340 mm) with sun protector
Operating temperature -- -40 to +70 degrees C (@ 95% humidity)
Operating system -- Debian GNU/Linux, with 2.6.21 kernel

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