Introducing Airvine WaveTunnel™

Capacity and Range That Rivals Conventional Cabling

The Airvine WaveTunnel™ system supports multi-gigabit indoor backbone transport without the need for costly and cumbersome cabling. Each node has two radios, one pointed upstream and the other downstream. Each radio can send and receive in TDD mode using one of the six V-band channels (57-71 GHz).

Airvine WaveTunnel Value Proposition

Airvine is developing an entirely new class of wireless technology that utilizes unlicensed spectrum in the 60 GHz band (57 to 71 GHz in the U.S.) to backhaul indoor enterprise data traffic.  It’s the perfect fit for enterprise customers that:

  1. Can’t tolerate the long business disruptions required to pull wire
  2. Need fast and effortless moves, adds, and changes
  3. Have situations where it’s very difficult to pull wire
  4. Are planning additional access networks that require backhaul.
  5. Have an urgent business need for immediate (or temporary) connectivity
  6. Need broadband backhaul to support Wi-Fi 6/6E access networks
  7. Lease their facility and want to avoid the large sunk cost of a structured wiring upgrade

FAQ

Flexible Deployment Options

Airvine WaveTunnel nodes can operate in a ring or spur configuration. When operating in a ring configuration data can be transmitted in both the clockwise and counter-clockwise directions. In addition to providing a relay function, each node can also add/drop data through local gigabit Ethernet ports. If a node fails, the neighbor WaveTunnel nodes will turn the ring back on itself to automatically recover and keep traffic moving through the network. This is a very useful feature as it keeps critical applications running by giving them two ways back to the wiring closet.

  • Survivability
  • Cloud management
  • Installation App
  • Internet-of-Things (IoT)
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet ports w/PoE-in and PoE-out
  • Next-Gen RF System
  • 30 dBi Antenna Gain
  • Beamforming & Beam Steering
  • Easily penetrates Walls
  • Mitigates Interference
  • Forward Error Correction

  • Multi-Gigabit Capacity
  • Electronic Beam Steering ±45 degrees
  • Dual-ring SONET-like Switchover
  • Access Switching
  • 16 QAM

Beamforming

Makes use of phase shifters and an array of 256 patch antenna elements. At 60 GHz, each antenna element is a lot smaller than a thumbtack, so this large array can easily fit into 20 square cm of circuit board space. The advantage of such a large array is that it delivers a very narrow pencil-wide beam of RF energy to the far end, which greatly increases gain while at the same time reducing co-channel interference.  Large antenna arrays also increase receive sensitivity.

Beam Steering

Allows the unit to lock onto a neighbor node that can be as much as 45 degrees to either side of the unit.  This makes it very easy to install WaveTunnel nodes as the technicians don’t require any special training in how to “aim” the units.  It also allows the nodes to form rings, which naturally turn in a 360-degree arc.

Interference Mitigation

Is effectively mitigated due to the use of the 60 GHz band. Co-channel interference and interference from other networks using the same spectrum is almost non-existent in a properly deployed network. Much of this relates to WaveTunnel design and the propagation characteristics of the V-band.

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