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A major networking device OEM in Japan, with a portfolio comprising of networking devices targeting the SOHO market. The client is also a supplier of manufactured equipments for several industry giants.
A networking device OEM in the Japanese market, our client wanted to bring to the growing Wi‐Fi hotspot market, a low power Access Point that could easily be configured to provide multiple virtual WLANs. Other criteria included: Low BOM cost Low power consumption Ease of maintenance Being a company focused on device manufacturing, our client’s limited embedded software development expertise posed an obstacle to release the finished product into market.
A brief study conducted by our team pointed to the need for a low‐cost processor based solution with integrated interfaces support and low power consumption. A quick product turn‐around also mandated a mature product with solid developer support. A business need for room to grow, favored a solution with performance headroom and support for add‐on applications, planned for future versions of the device.
QuEST chose a solution based on Intel’s IXP425 Network Processor and Jungo’s OpenRG operating system. The processor, with a core based on Intel’s XScale architecture provided blazing network performance without impacting add‐on application performance.
QuEST’s experience with IXP series and Intel development tools contributed to the narrow development schedule. Major features include: Based on Intel IXP425 processor with XScale core WiFi chipset – Atheros 5212/5213 BSSID Upto 16 SSIDs (Virtual LANs) Wireless Distribution System (WDS) Virtual LANs extends over the WDS Complete virtualization of Access Point features Security ‐ Open, WEP, WPA, WPA2 (802.11i) Handover (802.11F) RADIUS accounting WebRedirect – to automate registering guest users Super G and XR QoS (802.11e) RADIUS accounting Remote firmware update Management via HTTPS, SSH and SNMP Router functionality (RIP, NAT/NAPT, DHCP Relay/Server, DNS Proxy, PPPoE etc)
A fully certified product was launched into the Japanese market within the planned time frame. It was estimated that the customer had saved about 40% development cost and 20% schedule over in‐house estimates, by partnering with QuEST.
Considerable development effort overhead was minimized by choosing a design based on the mature IXP platform. Moreover, the design and the platform provided enough performance/ feature overhead to address development of two additional new premium variants of the Access Point. Low BOM cost enabled our client to position the product competitively in the SOHO market segment.