NETGEAR. has filed a patent for deploying wireless connectivity across a geographical area using bollards. The system includes a modem, router, PoE switch, wireless backhaul bridges, and a wireless AP to provide Internet connection to client devices. The technology aims to enhance wireless connectivity in outdoor spaces efficiently. GlobalData’s report on NETGEAR gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Wireless connectivity deployment system using bollards

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: NETGEAR Inc

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240022915A1) describes a bollard designed to deploy wireless connectivity across a geographical area. The bollard includes a modem connected to an Internet service provider (ISP) uplink, a router, a Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch, wireless backhaul bridges, and a wireless access point (AP) to provide internet connectivity to client devices. The bollard also features a power module to draw electrical power from an external source, with the PoE switch drawing power from the module. The system allows for the updating of software or firmware through a computer device connected to the router.

Furthermore, the patent application details a system for deploying wireless connectivity across a geographical area, consisting of multiple wireless nodes with backhaul bridges and APs to provide internet access to client devices. The spacing between nodes is crucial, with a threshold spacing requirement to ensure optimal connectivity. The system can be implemented within various structures like bollards, posts, lampposts, or circuit boxes within the designated area. The PoE switch facilitates the connection to the ISP uplink through a modem and router, powering the AP and backhaul bridges for seamless wireless connectivity.

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