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Idaho National Laboratory

National Security
Wireless Systems

INL offers large-scale testing of next generation networks, cellular, 2-way / land mobile radios, metropolitan area networks, wireless local area network and backhaul systems (fiber, microwave, FSO, satellite) to industry and government. The laboratory is authorized by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to operate as an experimental radio station. As a result, INL can test communications systems operating at a variety of frequencies with a view toward science or technology.

With its isolated tower infrastructure and switch/routing core network, low RF noise floor, and access to INL’s experienced telecommunications design and test engineers, customers can develop and test new technologies in an isolated environment without the business risks of public beta tests or impact to critical infrastructures.

Customers using the Next Generation Wireless Test Bed (NGWTB) have access to research and testing capabilities across a number of wireless (WiFi, WiMAX, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Point-to-Point, LMDS/MMDS) and networking protocols. The test range includes 170 miles of fiber using multiple DWDM wavelengths each capable of OC-3/12/48/192 capacity over an SONET/ATM or GigE backbone.

Research staff are experienced in smart antenna development, ad hoc and self forming networks, handheld wireless devices, interoperability, and Quality of Service (QoS) issues. In conjunction with the Cyber Test Bed, the NGWTB includes development and testing capabilities for intrusion detection / protection, firewall and secure communications schemes.