[Cu-wireless] meshRF Protocol:

Sascha Meinrath sascha at ucimc.org
Tue Feb 17 11:37:00 CST 2004

FYI:  anyone want to look into this?



AeroComm's Flexible New MeshRF(TM) Protocol Supports Dynamic Peer-to-Peer

LENEXA, KS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/17/2004 -- In response to heavy market
demand for a robust mesh networking protocol, AeroComm introduces its
MeshRF peer-to-peer technology. The decentralized mesh topology will be
embedded into the company's award-winning line of 900MHz transceivers.

MeshRF's instinctive networking architecture allows a wireless LAN system
to forward traffic between transceiver 'nodes' without the need for a
master transceiver. Nodes and node groups can easily be added to or
removed from existing MeshRF networks with very little effort or
additional cost.

Further enhancing scalability and reliability are the protocol's
self-healing and auto-routing abilities. If one node faces dense RF
traffic/noise or fails to connect for any reason, data is instantly
redirected through an alternate path. With random channeling, multiple
communication links can occur at exactly the same time -- one-to-one or
one-to-many. The result is a highly dependable wireless network that has
no bottleneck or point of failure.

By supporting a self-enabling system of nodes, each with the ability to
independently talk with another, MeshRF complements IEEE 802 standards. To
boost data integrity and security, MeshRF uses AeroComm's field-proven
FHSS technology and can also employ data-encryption standards.

AeroComm's 900MHz transceivers support transmit-power levels of up to one
watt, providing for extremely long range between nodes. Now, deployment of
an embedded MeshRF network will equip OEMs with greatly expandable range,
where communication can cross hundreds of miles and even turn corners.

"By deploying a 'masterless' MeshRF network, OEMs can send data virtually
around the world," said AeroComm CEO Mike Varady. "The protocol gives
users instant repeater capability and many more efficient new features,
providing them with a very versatile interface for any wireless

Target industries for MeshRF include those where devices must be able to
communicate with one another seamlessly; e.g. Automatic Meter Reading,
Sensor Data Acquisition and Industrial Automation. MeshRF-enabled
solutions will be available from AeroComm, Avnet, and premier distributors
worldwide. Developer tools and engineering support back every AeroComm

AeroComm Inc. has played a major role in the short-range RF industry for
over a decade with consistent technological advances in both performance
and price. The company made waves in 1994 by gaining FCC approval for the
first 2.4GHz spread spectrum transceivers. Soon after, it introduced its
groundbreaking $200 digital sequence commercial module. In 1996 AeroComm
shifted to frequency hopping for greater interference immunity in any
environment. Its innovative design techniques resulted in superior modules
using inexpensive materials -- producing a cost-per-module that suited
vastly more applications. AeroComm broke the $100 price barrier in 1998.
Responding to the growing demand for affordable yet versatile wireless, it
quickly developed the first complete line of 2.4GHz OEM RF transceivers.
These products were backed by the company's own fully-automated radio
testing system, measuring all critical parameters and assuring the highest
quality. Today the company continues to support a myriad of applications
where wireless was previously cost-prohibitive. Its robust proprietary
technology, manufacturing and testing guarantee reliable communication,
while lower frequencies and fewer parts allow for reduced prices.
Additionally, AeroComm has adopted the motto of "Instant Wireless" -- a
commitment to facilitate fast and easy RF integration. Visit
www.aerocomm.com for more.

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