Moby Dark swimming a wireless route

A Toronto-based company has recently come out with a new wireless IP router that it says will shatter the barriers of wireless IP technologies.

Moby Dark, a division of Galaxy OnLine Corp., recently released the Moby Dark MDZR wireless IP router that optimizes routing based on Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), a router protocol that seeks out an open, clear route for messaging.

According to company, the MDZR gives ISPs and telecom carriers interoperability using wireless routing for WANs and provides them with an alternative to wireline services.

Damian O’Gorman, Moby Dark’s vice-president of business development, said that routing is more than just A to B.

“There are a lot of companies that are selling a lot of wireless gear, but it is not scalable,” O’Gorman said. “In order to build scalable networks, you’ve got to have link redundancy. They have got to be able to talk to each other in more than one direction. OSPF allows us to do that.”

The MDZR features include TCP/IP routing protocols that are RIPv1/RIPv2 compliant, enhanced dynamic source routing, disk on a chip, a BSD-based operating system with no moving parts for higher reliability and it is IEEE 802.11a and b compliant, the company said.

Just before its release, Moby Dark selected the Tolly Group, an independent test lab based in Manasquan, N.J. to test the MDZR and discover whether or not it met all requirements. According to a report created by the Tolly Group, the MDZR proved interoperable with three different IP protocols: RIP v.2 (Routing Information Protocol, version 2), OSPF and BGP v.4 (Border Gateway Protocol, version 4). The Tolly Group report also found that when catastrophic antenna failure or reductions in the strength of a signal were introduced, the MDZR proved it could “dynamically migrate traffic to an alternative wireless IP routing path based on radio-channel or network characteristics.”

Recently, Moby Dark announced that Toronto-based Swift Trade Securities had purchased and deployed the MDZR following three months of evaluation and testing.

According to Randy Bucking, senior network engineer/architect for Swift Trade, ordering circuits from a carrier and waiting for an install seemed too troublesome.

“We tried the wireless thing and actually put it together within a matter of hours,” Bucking said. “It was a simple solution.”

Bucking added that although Swift Trade is a complete Cisco shop front to back, the MDZR became a transparent piece of the network.

“The Unix kernel (that) the MDZR ran was actually very comfortable and easy to use,” Bucking said. “The whole thing was very familiar. We are thinking about picking up a couple more. It has ease of use, ease of deployment, ease of management and it acts like any piece of gear that we already had here.”

Bucking noted that Swift Trade is working closely with Moby Dark to develop more features such as different routing protocols.

“It does everything you want it to do,” Bucking said. “As they add functionality to the routers, it is going to be a great product.”

The Moby Dark MDZR is available now and is priced at US$10, 000. For details, visit www.mobydark.

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