Stafford, TX, USA – January 25, 2017. Microwave Networks, Inc., a trusted and global provider of microwave, cyber security, and IP/MPLS networking solutions, has delivered its FIPS-140-2 certified MX radios to a large county in the southwestern United States. The county has selected a mission critical microwave system, designed by Microwave Networks, to provide high network availability and encryption that meets Federal government standards.
The Proteus MX radio is a hybrid radio that provides native TDM (time division multiplexing) and Ethernet protocols. TDM is the foundation for legacy T1 circuits, while Ethernet is the foundation for IP (Internet Protocol) networks. The Proteus MX supports legacy, current, and future networks. It is the only hybrid microwave radio in the market.
Preparing for IP Mission Critical P25 and LTE Networks
Microwave Networks’ FIPS 140-2 MX radios are part of the company’s CyberShield family of cyber security and advanced networking products. CyberShield products include encryption, identity management, security gateways, and IP/MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), designed to support all IP mission critical P25 and LTE networks, including FirstNet. In addition the company provides a comprehensive set of services to support the design, installation, and support of integrated microwave, cyber security, and IP/MPLS solutions.
The Proteus MX FIPS 140 2 –Level 2 Certified Radio
The Proteus MX radio is certified for FIPS 140-2 Level 2. The FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) 140-2 is a U.S. government computer network security standard used to accredit cryptographic modules. Protection of a cryptographic module within a security system is necessary to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the information protected by the module. Level 2 certification means the crypto module meets NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) standards for software and hardware. NIST maintains a validation list of vendors for its 140-2 cryptographic standards. State and local government or critical infrastructure organizations that need to protect their networks using FIPS 140-2 Level 2 standards can do so using the FIPS 140-2 validated MX microwave radio.
“We are pleased to deliver the FIPS140-2 Proteus MX to a significant county in the Southwest as part of Microwave Networks innovative solutions to protect against cyber threats and support our customers as they shift to all IP networks that include P25 and public safety LTE,” said Aviad Gefen, President and CEO of Microwave Networks. “To meet the requirements of protecting state and local government networks as well as Federal and other critical infrastructure networks, Microwave Networks has developed and delivered a comprehensive suite of cyber security and advanced networking solutions that support a smooth transition to mission critical IP networks. The Proteus family of CyberShield products now include FIPS 140-2 certified radios, identity management-access control gateways, and mission critical IP/MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching). Microwave Networks continues to innovate and provide mission critical solutions based on P25 and LTE network requirements for confidentiality, integrity, and availability.”
Proteus MX Highlights
- 6,7,11,13,15,18,23,38 GHz
- 2 to 350 Mbps
- Native Ethernet and Native TDM
- 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet
- 2 to 128 DS1; 1 to 4 DS3; OC-3/STM-1
- Ethernet FIPS 140-2 Level 2
- All Indoor or Split Mount configurations
- 1+0, 1+1, 2+0, Space Diversity, Frequency Diversity
- VLAN using IEEE 802.1p & 802.1Q for Traffic Class priorities (QoS)
- Adaptive Code Modulation (ACM)
- Ethernet Rapid Ring Protection Plus (RRP+)
- TDM SHARP self healing ring protection
- Errorless diversity switching protection
- Complete hot-standby protection
- 100% redundancy of all active components
- Secure Network Management with SNMPv3
- Built-in chart recorder for real-time diagnostics
- IP/MPLS ready
The Importance of a Hybrid Radio
The Proteus MX radio is a hybrid radio. A hybrid microwave radio supports both native TDM and native Ethernet communications traffic, allowing the TDM traffic to be transported without conversion to IP. Native TDM microwave radios are faster, more efficient, and less likely to cause jitter than emulated TDM, known as pseudowire which is method to convert TDM to IP. Furthermore native TDM radios are easy to configure and maintain. However TDM only radios cannot support Ethernet and IP services. So a hybrid radio with native Ethernet is needed too.
As LMR networks transition from legacy to modern IP networks, the networks that still use legacy TDM circuits and devices are best served with hybrid microwave radios. As the use of TDM circuits and devices decreases over time, managers can use greater portions of the hybrid radios’ Ethernet bandwidth for Ethernet and IP services, gracefully retiring TDM circuits and devices while augmenting Ethernet capacity.
About Microwave Networks
Microwave Networks is a trusted global provider of mission critical microwave communications products and services, cyber security solutions, and IP/MPLS networking solutions. Based in Stafford, Texas, the company designs, provides, installs, and services licensed and unlicensed, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint microwave systems in the 4 to 80 GHz bands. Many of our products are made in the U.S.A. For over 47 years, Microwave Networks has provided reliable microwave communications products and services to public safety, government, utilities, mobile network operators, and industrial customers.
Microwave Networks is the unequivocal industry leader in integrated mission critical microwave, cyber security, and IP/MPLS. The company delivers comprehensive mission critical security by providing network confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
Contact Us about the Proteus MX FIPS 140-2 Radio
Please contact a Microwave Networks Regional Director to learn more.
Please call us 281-263-6500 or send us an email.
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