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|Welcome to the first edition of Qnews, Qorvus Systems bi-monthly newsletter. We’ll do our best to make it both brief and useful! As always, your suggestions are most welcome.
After several months of development and extensive testing, the latest release of our flagship wireless mesh software product, Qcode 2.2, is now available. This new release includes a number of exciting additional features and capabilities that are a direct result of your feedback. They include:
This latest release is available at no additional charge to current customers upon request. Pricing for Qcode remains at $100 per node for internet upgrades ($125 for preloaded CF), which includes all necessary on-line and email support, 6 months of free updates (customer initiated) and ¼ hour of phone support per copy.
After a lot of careful design and testing, we’ve decided it’s time to release Qnode Jr, an outdoor mesh router based on the WRAP / PC engines board! After some of the initial bad experience we’ve all had with the WRAPs, it took us a long time to get comfortable with them. But a combination of software fine-tuning, a well-shielded heavy-duty enclosure, and several hardware improvements has produced an excellent design that is fully compatible with our existing Qnode and has the advantage of smaller size and a lower cost, while performing very well for many applications. The main differences are:
While Qnode Jr. is still not the first choice for use as a gateway in a large mesh due to possibility of CPU overload and traffic slowdown (the original Qnode is better there), it works very well as a single or dual-radio repeater node in large meshes and even as a gateway AP in hotspot or tourist-oriented uses like hotels, convention centers, etc.
We are accepting orders now, for delivery in 3 to 4 weeks. As always, this product is guaranteed to perform satisfactorily, or your purchase price will be refunded upon system return within 30 days in good condition.
We’ve also made a couple of changes in the original Qnode. The most important- it now ships with 48-volt PoE standard- so you can mount it at any reasonable distance from the injector without worrying about voltage drops. Of course, good installation practice with respect to grounding, lightning protection, and so forth is still mandatory for a reliable system!
We’re pleased to report a number of recent successful installations for Qorvus Qnode and Qcode mesh technology, including large networks in Silicon Valley, New Zealand, Florida, Holiday Inns in the Midwest, and several remote monitoring and RFID installations for asset tracking and Homeland Security applications. Some of these installations required extensive custom engineering for special applications, and we really appreciate the confidence our new clients have shown in our technology.
Qorvus is participating in the WISPNOG technical seminar (Wireless Internet Service Providers Network Operating Group) in Chicago on February 17th and 18th, with a $250 discount coupon good toward Qnode, Qcode or MeshCam. In addition, we’ll be doing a 2-hour private presentation of our technology open to all attendees. Tentatively this is scheduled for 3:00 on Thursday, February 17th. Looks to be a great show, hope to see you all there!
Odds and ends…
We’re in the process of revising our accessory offerings to include a couple of the more commonly-used preassembled options. These will include a roof-mount tripod with either an 8db omni or multiple sector antennas preinstalled with multi-channel Qnode(s), and several sector antenna offerings. Meanwhile we’re dropping the captive 8db antenna with lmr cable and connector- much as we like this concept the reality is that the15’ premade length was never right, and it’s just a better solution to offer custom lengths that meet your specific needs. We hope to have this all figured out and posted within the next few weeks.
We’re in the process of simplifying our internet download options so that the customer can initiate the process directly. This should be available within the next several weeks.
Once again, we really appreciate your ongoing support, and wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2005.
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