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By: Carlson Wireless Technologies  09-12-2011
Keywords: Radio, Wireless Products

Powerful. Affordable. Reliable. Plug-and-play. These are just a few of the many ways to describe Carlson systems.

From the dependability and flexibility of our flagship to the raw speed and power of our award-winning , Carlson products consistently push the envelope of wireless telecommunications.

Now with the advent of , Carlson is blazing ahead once again with the , poised to be the first-to-market TV white-space device when the FCC completes its certification procedure.

Carlson has a full portfolio of wireless products to meet your needs. Whether you have a short hop or a 60-mile backhaul, Carlson has a system to fit your project. Each one comes to you custom-configured and complete with an easy-to-use graphic user interface (GUI) for your convenience. Have a look at the chart below to find out which Carlson system is right for you.

LongHaul TDM LongHaul ST RuralConnect IP
Point-to-Point X X X X
Point-to-Multipoint X X X

900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz 5.4 GHz, 5.8 GHz, 5.9 GHz

2.4 GHz, 3.65 GHz, 4.4 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 5.1-5.2 GHz, 5.7- 5.8 GHz, 5.9 GHz  700 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 3.65 GHz, 4.9 GHz, 5.7-5.8 GHz, 5.9 GHz  470-786 MHz
Non Line of Sight X
Distance 60+ miles 60+ miles Up to 30 miles 10+ miles
Data Rate 512k 108 Mb/s 270 Mb/s 4, 6, 8, 12 Mb/s

Throughput (In each direction)

64-512 kb/s 33 Mb/s TCP/IP UDP  115 Mb/s TCP/IP UDP  12 Mb/s NLOS


<5 ms, fixed

(CSMA) per IEEE 802.3 + propagation

20-30 ms

Whether you need to replace a costly, unreliable leased line, extend an existing phone line or extend Ethernet connectivity, the Trailblazer® is a professional, reliable, and affordable solution. Trailblazer® products include the Leased Line Replacement, Phone Line Extender or Hybrid.

  • Ultra-low, fixed latency: Thanks to Carlson's own TrueTDM™ technology, the Trailblazer® has extremely low, fixed latency that makes this radio a for simulcast and portable radio backhaul.
  • Professional-grade equipment: Trailblazer® is available in either a sturdy, indoor rackmount unit or a rock-solid outdoor unit with a NEMA 4X weatherproof enclosure that protects your connection even in the roughest weather.

  • Many frequencies available: Frequencies includes licensed 4.9 GHz for public safety and introducing 5.9 GHz for intelligent transportation systems (ITS).

While other companies claim their IP radios can go the distance, only the LongHaul™ TDM uses Carlson's proprietary TrueTDM™ technology for wireline-quality signals at distances IP radios can't reach—more than 60 miles. 

  • 100% Transparent: LongHaul™ TDM's unique plug-and-play interface makes it compatible with any voter/comparator system. You never have to worry about compatibility issues with your current or future equipment.

  • Optional Interface for T1/E1 Backhaul: Carlson's revolutionary SWiFT™ platform allows the LongHaul™ to operate as a point-to-point IP bridge without the signal degradation of a traditional Wi-Fi connection.

  • Crystal-Clear Connection: Our proprietary SWiFT™ platform, combined with the low latency of TrueTDM™, eliminates packet collisions for an optimized connection that lets you enjoy carrier-class signal quality without the hassle of wires.

With high-speed connection, raw power and built-in routing tools, LongHaul™ ST provides everything you need for the most demanding applications. Carlson's ST was voted Hot Product for 2011 by APCO's Public Safety Communications magazine.

  • High throughput for demanding applications: If you need to backhaul a large IP network, high-definition surveillence or other video, or if your application simply demands the highest speed and throughput, the ST can transmit at a rate of up to 270 MB/s over-the-air.
  • "Daisy-Chain" Capable for Extended Range: User can extend the ST's range dramatically—five, six, or even a dozen times— in a daisy-chain network configuration with no loss of signal strength.

  • Fine-tunable network settings: For WISPs, municipal governments, or anyone who needs the ability to control every aspect of their network, the extended graphic user interface (GUI) makes the ST a is perfect choice.

Utilizing the newly-avaible TV white space spectrum, RuralConnect® IP brings broadband to rural locations where a microwave or Wi-Fi connection is impossible. RuralConnect™ IP is the rural broadband solution that is ideal for rough terrain and low teledensity.

  • "Super Wi-Fi" for improved coverage: RuralConnect® IP offers up to five times the range of Wi-Fi

  • Non-line-of-sight operation: TV signal penetrates foliage and travels over hills, eliminating the need for extensive infrastructure. 

  • Available under experimental license: Contact one of our sales engineers for more information about the RuralConnect™ IP and the FCC licensing process.

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