Predicting the death of Bluesocket has been a habit here at Techworld, and the Wi-Fi veteran has apparently proved us wrong yet again, with a fast Wi-Fi product.
We just stumbled across a press release from Bluesocket, which apparently launched secure 802.11n access points from at Interop. The announcement was long overdue, but typical of a WLAN company which seems unable to say die.
Bluesocket was one of the first enterprise Wi-Fi companies, taking a "gateway" approach and providing what was effectively a firewall, which managed standard "fat" access points and separated them from the rest of the wired LAN. In 2003 and 2004, that was a useful approach, and we reviewed its WG-2100 and WG-5000.
Bluesocket's use of fat APs seemed like a liability then - although it did attempt a tie-up with Netgear and Autocell in 2003, that looks strangely like today's Aerohive. It was overtaken by Wi-Fi switch/controller makers like Trapeze and Aruba who used thin APs, and we wrote it off in 2005, when its peers, ReefEdge and Vernier closed down or shifted focus.
The company made a pitch to us in 2006, that it was "still in there fighting", but that's pretty much the last we heard of it directly - though we ran a story last year on its acquisition of IP PBX maker PingTel.
At our last meeting, Bluesocket promised it was going to be agile, because it is small. and promised to be early with MIMO and the then-emerging 802.11n standard. It wasn't, and we thought we'd heard the last of it.
Now it's towards the back of the pack in delivering an actual 802.11n access point, but it has moved on to a switch-based architecture, and is presumably targetting converged voice, having acquired PingTel.
Hopefully, we'll find out more about all this in due course....