Software-Defined WAN technology is currently driving Wide Area Networks' expansion, providing substantial benefits to organizations requiring increased bandwidth for their extended networks. Using low-cost internet bandwidth provides secure and flexibly configured network access to ensure network resource demand is reliably satisfied.

The advent of 5G and WiFi 6 technologies are now providing further options and capabilities to enhance enterprise networks and expand IoT deployment. The use of 5G provides a powerful additional option to manage physically separated corporate locations, while WiFi 6 provides increased data transfer rates and improved connectivity across building interiors.

As such, these two technologies provide benefits that complement each other. WiFi 6 is the ideal choice for building interiors, especially in more extensive facilities and venues such as stadiums, concert halls, and conference centers. In contrast, 5G is particularly well suited for outdoor network connections, especially in settings where a network connection must be available under any conditions.

The Requirements

To satisfy their system requirements, a broadband service provider in the U.S. determines they need a flexible and easily configured hardware platform as their SD-WAN foundation. Their conclusion is the Lanner NCA-1516 has the feature set they need:

  • 5G/WiFi 6 ready: System scalability for wireless connectivity with Multiple M.2 and Mini-PCIe expansion slots.
  • Front access SIM card slots
  • Dual optional PoE+ and dual 10GbE SFP+ uplink ports
  • Secondary Power input option
  • Native Intel QuickAccess Technology for cryptographic acceleration and AES-NI new instruction support.

The Solution

Lanner's NCA-1516 is a desktop network appliance designed to maximize SD-WAN performance while providing robust features and flexible configuration.

The NCA-1516 is powered by an Intel Atom® C3000 SoC processor. It is capable of both mmWave 5G and Sub-6GHz 5G, while its WiFi 6 is both 2.4GHz and 5GHz compatible. The NCA-1516's hardware performance is enhanced with Intel's QuickAssist Technology and Intel® AES-NI, and it is equipped with comprehensive network communication features and configurations for vCPE/uCPE and Edge security.

The NCA-1516 also includes a mPCIe expansion slot that supports an Intel Movidius Myriad X Vision Processing Unit (VPU). The Intel Movidius VPU is a highly reliable hardware platform that enables developers to deploy robust Edge AI solutions, including intelligent surveillance, traffic management, access control, retail systems, and more.

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