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Wide Area Wireless Broadband

Corporate Profile
Series A November, 2002 led by VenGrowth, BDC Series B November, 2003 led by JP Morgan Strategic Investment T-Ventures March 2004 69 employees Locations:
Ottawa, Canada: R&D and current head office Sales: Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, New York, Seattle

BelAir200 shipping since March 2004


20 commercial deployments in North America

BelAir100 now shipping

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BelAir Networks Vision


Wide Area Wi-Fi Complete solution for metro scale WI-FI infrastructure Wi-Fi access today, but other access technologies possible Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cellular can exist on the same platform Carrier-grade, outdoor solution Integrated wireless mesh backhaul and wireless access Delivers broadband data, voice and video services Software to manage multiple applications Target Markets Metro Wi-Fi, Hospitality, Higher Education Campuses, Transportation & Logistics, Government, Multi-Dwelling Units

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BelAir Mesh Applications

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Complete Wide Area Wi-Fi

BelAir provides complete infrastructure for Wide Area Wi-Fi. Includes integrated wireless backhaul and wireless access.
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Enterprise Performance, Metro Scale


Standard Wi-Fi Clients Enterprise applications
VoWi-Fi
Enterprise security Multiple SSIDs and VLANs Mobility

Metro coverage for Wi-Fi with no compromises.


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BelAirs Outside In Coverage


Directional access antennas project coverage in from the outside Complete building coverage with fewer nodes Eliminates need for indoor wired network to interconnect APs

54 Mbps Point to Point Backhaul Links

BelAir system covers outdoor open areas or inside buildings.


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BelAirs Mesh Technology


Multiple Point-to-Point Mesh with Wi-Fi Access
High capacity, robust, secure wireless backbone Reduces backhaul costs Enables wireless access nodes to be placed where needed Provide Wi-Fi coverage inside buildings from the outside

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BelAirs Mesh Approach


Multi-radio mesh with multiple point-topoint wireless backhaul links
Access is 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi at 11 Mbps up to 54 Mbps Backhaul is multiple point-to-point 5 GHz links Up to 3 independent 54 Mbps links

Capacity
Highest capacity wireless mesh Performance similar to wired links More than 10 times capacity of single radio mesh 3 times the capacity of dual radio mesh

Latency
BelAir has lowest latency BelAir system can support voice and video Dual radio and single radio mesh have shared

backhaul so latency is poor and unpredictable bands and has more flexibility in dealing with interferers

Interference and co-existence


BelAir is a better citizen sharing the unlicensed

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Single Radio Mesh and VoIP


In single radio mesh systems, when one node transmits, its neighbors must listen.
All nodes use same channel
Each node must buffer packets until
Transmitting

Single Radio Mesh


Listening and Blocked f1

network is not busy

Buffering represents delay Backhaul links between APs are transient


f1

Delay and jitter vary depending on the number of neighbors and their activity.
Increased latency and variable jitter reduces voice quality
Single radio and other mesh systems with
f1

f1

Buffers Data
Link Not Made, Node is Blocked f1 Listening But No Data Arriving

shared backhaul

Listening and blocked

Single radio mesh and other shared backhaul mesh systems cant support voice over 2 hops or more
Also impacts other multimedia applications

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Multi-Radio Mesh and VoIP


BelAir multi-radio mesh architecture
Dedicated point to point links between
Transmitting

nodes

Multi-Radio Mesh
f1 Listening and Ready

Stable and persistent links


f2 f3 f1 f2

No buffering is required Latency is low (1-2 ms delay per hop) Jitter is independent of network topology

Parallel operation is possible


Wireless access and backhaul on different

channels

Backhaul Links are Persistent

Backhaul links on different channels Not a shared backhaul network

Listening and ready

f3 Listening and Ready

Enables voice and other multimedia applications mixed with data

BelAir system enables VoWi-Fi across large mesh.


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Backhaul Mesh Connections


= BelAir100
2 Radio Platform 1 Access Radio Module 1 Backhaul Radio Module Edge mesh node

= BelAir200
4 Radio Platform 1 Access Radio Module Up to 3 Backhaul Radio Modules Core mesh node

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BelAir200
Integrated Solution: Network-in-a-Box 4 Radio Platform
1 Access Radio Module, 2.4 GHz, 11 or 54 Mbps

3 Backhaul Radio Modules, 5 GHz, 54 Mbps


Integrated 100 Mbps Ethernet Embedded Router, Gateway, Switch Outdoor, environmentally hardened

Hardware to deliver coverage and capacity needed for large networks


Multiple applications Voice over Wi-Fi

Software to manage and secure the system


WPA, AES, VLANs, VPNs, OSPF Multiple SSID support Rogue AP detection

Diameter: 12 inches Height: 16 inches Weight: 25 lbs

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BelAir200 Hardware
Backhaul 5 GHz antenna array
8 antennas, 15 dBi gain Each 45 degree horizontal, 20 degree vertical
BelAir200 Top View
4 5

Line Interface Module


100 Mbps Ethernet Fiber Interface Connection to the wired network

AC powered with backup


95 264V Integrated Battery Backup (15 minutes)

Electronics Enclosure
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Integral 2.4 GHz access antenna


Diversity, dual cross polarized, 8 dBi gain 65 degrees horizontal and vertical pattern 22 degree up-tilt to beam into buildings Extended Range WLAN 802.11b and .11g

Designed for outdoor environment


-40 to +50 C operation Water and Dust proof (IP56/NEMA4 rating)
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BelAir100
Two Radio Platform
Same high performance radio modules as

BelAir200 (BRM2 and ARM2) Outdoor extended temperature operation AC powered, pole mounted Works with BelAir200 networks Consistent software and management

Application
Mesh termination node Connection to the wired backhaul Lower capacity networks Single hotel, lightweight Metro Wi-Fi Mesh edge nodes Large indoor venues
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BelAir100 Hardware
Designed for outdoor environment
-40 to +50 C operation

Water and dust proof (IP56/NEMA4 rating)


13.5 high by 5.5 thick by 7 wide Weight 11 lbs

Integrated antennas
One directional Backhaul antenna (10.5 dBi)
One directional Access antenna (8 dBi) Optional external antennas for both radios

AC powered with backup


95 264V Integrated 15 minute Battery Backup

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BelAir System Software


Same software for BelAir100 and BelAir200 First Wide-Area Wi-Fi solution to support private and public networks over a single network
MSSID up to 16 virtual Wi-Fi networks 1 public and 15 private SSIDs mapped to separate VLANs with different security policies Enables different service providers on a single infrastructure

Supports open public and secure private applications

Enhanced security
802.1x authentication and TKIP for access AES encryption for newer Wi-Fi client cards TKIP support on backhaul links

Interference detection from other systems


Rogue AP Detection on the BelAir200

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Release 3 System Software


Release 3.0 February 2005
BRM2 Dynamic Frequency Selection for radar avoidance Delivers operation in 5470-5725MHz band for access to more channels Radar Detection Management Enhancements New SNMP standard tree Active Alarm retrieval SYSLOG to console

Release 3.1 March 2005


ARM2 delivers 802.11g for higher capacity 802.11i support (WPA2 with AES) for enhanced security Spectralink support: SVP protocol detection Better support for VoIP applications Quality of Service - Access Radio queues enables VoIP over Wi-Fi Backhaul radio queues enables VoIP and TDM over backhaul
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Municipal Wi-Fi Networks


BelAir is the ONLY Wi-Fi product that supports metro scale deployments in urban areas
Large mesh with just a few wired backhaul locations

Cover outdoor street level or inside buildings up to 25 stories

Capacity to support multiple applications throughout network


Multiple SSIDs mapped to different VLANs Voice support

Use mesh to go around obstructions

Add security/surveillance
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Metro Deployments
Telecom Ottawa
24 BelAir200s in downtown

Ottawa Wi-Fi public access zone and complete hotel coverage from the same mesh

Athens, Georgia
7 BelAir200 units downtown

24 blocks covered
University of Georgia
WAGZone Mobile Media Consortium
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University of Georgia

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Euro Metro Coverage Area Map

Coverage Areas of Interest

Tower

Hotel

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BelAirs Network Layout


Cisco Switch (3550) N7 Ch. 152 Cisco 3745

Internet
N6 Ch. 166 Ch. 166 N5 N1 Tower 10/100 Mbps Base-T

European Deployment 100mW EIRP limit on access

Ch. 156 N4 Ch. 156 Ch. 148 N3

1W EIRP limit on backhaul Coverage provided indoors and outdoors

Ch. 166

Not To Scale

N2

Ch. 152

N8

Hotel

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Location Photos

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BelAir in Hospitality
Practical coverage of large venues
Hotels, resorts, convention centers Sports arenas, marinas, ski lodges

BelAir solution is ideal for complete large hotel Wi-Fi coverage Hotels are perfect for BelAirs outside-in Wi-Fi coverage

BelAir system supports both public and private applications within a hotel
Wi-Fi public access Security, retail, back office

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Sheraton Maui

6 building complexes, 529 rooms over 23 acres


Fitness Center, Salon & Day Spa, 6 Restaurants and Lounges 6,500 square foot ballroom 140 Yard Fresh Water Lagoon-Style Pool

Challenges:
Very limited room for deployment on the ocean side Limited locations for mounting or power access
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Results

13 BelAir200s provide full Wi-Fi coverage for entire Sheraton property.


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Louisiana State University


Campus and MDU Wi-Fi coverage for housing near Louisiana State University Over two square miles of open areas and buildings including 2,200 apartments Residential broadband for apartments Public access Wi-Fi zone in common areas 4 BelAir200s in phase 1

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Transportation/Logistics
Warehouse/Shipping
Upgrade to wide area coverage

RFID, Mobile Data, VoIP


Large warehouses, manufacturing,

shipping yards, construction sites

Transportation applications
Commuter rail lines Airport terminals and hangers Wireless security cameras and

logistics support

Ports and waterfronts


Security and logistics
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Fort Myers Airport


Two BelAir200s provide complete coverage of existing terminals Four more will cover construction site as they build new terminals

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Summary
BelAir provides complete solution for Wide Area Wi-Fi
Everything from the wired interconnection to the wireless client Enterprise Wi-Fi performance on a metro scale No compromises throughput, capacity, security, VoWi-Fi

Unique, patented Cellular LAN architecture


Multi-radio approach solves mesh scalability issues Supports voice with high QoS

BelAir200 shipping in volume


Available in multiple configurations

BelAir100 now available


Lowers cost of simple, single building installations Also works as part of larger BelAir mesh systems

www.belairnetworks.com
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Wide Area Wireless Broadband

Mesh Options: Single Radio


Each node has a single radio
Access and backhaul share radio All nodes tune to same frequency

Mesh is formed using omni-directional antennas to send and receive to all the other nodes within range
Backhaul is a shared network Mesh nodes and clients share available

f1 f1 f1

f1

bandwidth System capacity is very low Latency is high and unpredictable

f1

Most mesh products today are single radio


Simple, but wont scale to a large system
Cannot support many broadband users

Unacceptable For Permanent Broadband Infrastructure


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Mesh Options: Dual Radio


Each node has two radios
Access and backhaul are separate

Mesh is formed using omnidirectional antennas


Multipoint-to-multipoint Backhaul is a shared network operating

on a single channel System capacity is low

f1 a1 f1 a1 a1 f1 a1

f1

a1

Dual radio mesh is an improvement


Solves the mesh forwarding problem Still limited capacity and scalability Works for small networks But

Wont Support Voice Over Wi-FiLatency High/Unpredictable


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Mesh Options: Multi-Radio


Each node has multiple radios
Client access and mesh backhaul are

completely independent

Mesh formed with multiple point-to-point links, dedicated radios, directional antennas
Backhaul is an independent network

operating on multiple channels

Can run custom protocol Independent backhaul links provide greater capacity Point-to-point links enable greater separation of mesh nodes Backhaul mesh has performance of wired

network

Coverage And Capacity Scale To Large Network


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Capacity Comparison
Capacity of Multi-Radio system constrained by backhaul
Can increase capacity of multi-radio system by adding more

wired egress points

6.00

Multi radio Dual radio, realistic Single radio, realistic

70.00

5.00

Per-AP access capacity (Mb/s)

60.00

Multi radio Dual radio, realistic Single radio, realistic

System capacity (Mb/s)

4.00

50.00

40.00

3.00

30.00

2.00

20.00

1.00

10.00

0.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

0.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Number of APs

Number of APs
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