How Tellabs FlexAir enables flexible wired and wireless design using Optical LAN

by | Jun 29, 2022 | Blog

Tellabs FlexAir enables flexible wired and wireless design using Optical LAN

The greatest value of Tellabs FlexAir®, to the IT professionals tasked with running the networks, is how it tightly couples wireless access points, cloud-based intelligent management, and Passive Optical LAN, for a highly adaptable enterprise network architecture.

Why combine Wi-Fi and OLAN?

This shared solution brings together Wi-Fi 6 APs over a fiber-based Optical LAN infrastructure, which introduces design flexibilities, more efficient bandwidth, better reliability, greater security, and operational efficiencies, while extending investment protection.

How does FlexAir do all that?

On the wireless front, the cloud-based Wi-Fi controller reduces complexities by adding intelligent management controls. The IT staff benefits from easy, fast and error free deployment, configuration and operation with the centralized management of a cloud-based controller. Overall, FlexAir gains better network performance, and user experience, with client filtering, airtime fairness, traffic priorities and consistent access policies. There is also the advanced security functions with rouge AP detection, station isolation, layer-2 firewall, plus user access and network activity log.

For the Optical LAN side, the IT pros enjoy easier operations (e.g. less human touch, faster moves-adds-changes), tighter bandwidth controls, and strict security. The software defined management of OLAN ensures consistent and repeatable error free provision. From one screen, and using global profiles, IT staff can orchestrate traffic management, bandwidth, QoS and security across the end-to-end network. The OLAN design also reduces the network attack surface by eliminating known security gaps, and with less human touch, it is ideal for zero trust architecture.

What about the costs?

Tellabs FlexAir offers monetary savings. By positioning OLAN ONTs near APs, the amount of cabling is reduced, and the ONT’s multi-gigabit Ethernet connections optimize bandwidth for the APs. This lowers the price of initial installation while minimizing future migration to next generations of Wi-Fi. Furthermore, the fiber cabling’s unlimited bandwidth, and OLAN’s multiwavelength support, protects investments by eliminating the extremely disruptive, and very expensive, technology rip-and-replace events.

Clearly all these design flexibilities make Tellabs FlexAir a better choice for building and operating modern enterprise networks.

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John Hoover, Tellabs Marketing Director
John Hoover
Director of Marketing
John Hoover is a Marketing Director at Tellabs and 2024 Board Chair of the Association for Promoting Optical LAN (APOLAN). Over the past 20 years, John has influenced industry milestones such as early passive optical network deployments, video implementations, wireless and more recently enterprise Passive Optical LAN adoption.