Symbol to Bridge Wi-Fi and RFID

Symbol Technologies announced Nov. 1 at the Mobile Business Expo in Chicago a new switch that, based on its Wi-NG (Wireless Next Generation) architecture, enables users to centrally and simultaneously manage RFID readers along with a Wi-Fi network infrastructure.

Symbol’s new RFS7000 Radio Frequency Switch in a sense bridges the gap between Wi-Fi, RFID and other radio frequency-based technologies like 802.11n, mesh, voice over wireless LAN and WiMAX, by enabling users to manage wireless voice, data and infrastructure devices all in the same place.

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By leveraging Symbol’s Wi-NG-based architecture that runs on a Linux operating system, the switch provides a layer of separation between the infrastructure, services, application and management tiers.

The RFS700 RF Switch is also designed to evolve as both RFID hardware and Wi-Fi requirements themselves continue to mature. It is 802.11n-ready (in other words, ready for the latest IEEE Wi-Fi standard), and can support up to 256 802.11 a/b/g access ports.

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