RapidLink Mesh Networks
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RapidLink Mesh Networks

Derived from US military-funded research into mobile networks, mesh networking eliminates the need for a central controller and thus the associated reliability and efficiency issues. Instead, mobile ad hoc mesh networks use peers in the network to transmit data from source to destination by means of multiple hops. While this Internet-like concept has many advantages, it necessitates the problem of deriving an optimum routing protocol to minimize the number of hops while ensuring security and seamless mobility, as well as quality-of-service (QoS). Fewer hops mean lower latency and reduced overall power consumption.

Concentris’ management team pioneered the commercialization of mesh networking technology and is committed to bringing to market innovative mesh networking standards designed to increase the scalability and performance of mesh networks. Representing the next generation of mesh technology, the RapidLinkTM platform is the only commercially available networking system that uses open standards-based OLSR mesh routing. OLSR is a proactive mesh protocol that enables enhanced network performance while supporting highly scalable mesh networking topologies. RapidLink provides high-performance reliable links that function even in harsh radio propagation environments, enabling RapidLink to provide a self-configuring, self-healing network that can be deployed very quickly. RapidLink products are ruggedized to meet the most demanding environmental conditions, can be configured to support a variety of wireless radio technologies and are available as both fixed and battery-powered portable nodes.

RapidLink mesh routers let users rapidly deploy secure, reliable, and scalable data networks for use in field offices, emergency or temporary venues, sensor networks, secure perimeter systems, and many other applications.

Concentris RapidLink networks are deployed faster, cheaper, and easier than any conventional wireless technologies.  So quick to deploy and so resilient, RapidLink networks are truely indestructible instant networks.


Easy to deploy and manage – Rapidlink routers eliminate the need to string data cable.  As the routers are placed throughout a coverage area, they automatically discover their neighbors and create a multi-path redundant mesh wireless network. 

Rapidly deployed – With no wires to string, Rapidlink networks are deployed in minutes, rather than hours.  Ideal for temporary or emergency applications.

Lower cost networks – The great reduction in labor and wiring enables Rapidlink to significantly reduce the cost to deploy large wireless networks.

Easy to expand and scale – The capacity/coverage area of the wireless network can be expanded simply by adding additional Rapidlink routers to the coverage area.

Secure and dependable – Rapidlink utilizes AES-based encryption tunnels to protect the data and network from unauthorized disruption and eavesdropping.

Reliable and resilient – Rapidlink networks automatically detect faults and reroute data traffic to self-heal the network.  This resilience makes the network immune to conventional single-point failures.


Concentris RapidLink networks produce a secure information grid over any location, whether remote or urban, public or private venue, facility or transit system. Users can instantly, intelligently, and securely share information including voice, data and video over this highly reliable, redundant wireless network. 

RapidLink implements the proactive OLSR (Optimized Link State Routing) protocol standard (IETF RFC 3626, Oct 2003).  Use RapidLink in stand-alone configurations, or in combination with other OLSR technologies.

To effectively manage network traffic, RapidLink includes an efficient network visualization tool that optimizes network utilization, manages the network, and reports on the quality of the wireless connection.

Features and Benefits

Highly rugged and dependable RapidLink routers from Concentris give truly wireless and secure communications that are instantly deployed—active and fully functioning as soon as the routers are placed.
  • Self-discovering — RapidLink 100 routers automatically seek, find and connect to available peers. Two link routers form an instant wireless network that gets stronger as additional nodes are activated
  • Self-healing — A network of RapidLink 100 routers automatically heals itself and maintains all connections in the event any node fails.  If any connection fails, every router in the network automatically adjusts to make sure all sessions remain live. 
  • Data Safe — Concentris RapidLink networks can also work with multiple backhaul connections, ensuring redundancy.
  • Open/Non-proprietary — Compliance with open standards-based non-proprietary routing protocols (OLSR) ensures interoperability and enables integration with other open systems.
  • Extendable — Wireless peer-to-peer connections do not require Ethernet or other wired connections between access points or clients. Connect as many devices together as you like without a significant reduction in network performance or capacity. Wirelessly cover a building, a block or an entire city.
  • Small and Compact — Can fit into most any area with ease.
  • Manageable — A Web-based interface monitors network status and performance and supports remote network management.
  • Rugged — Encased in a tough, shock resistant, weatherproof, dependable and portable unit. Can stand alone (with external power attachment) or be integrated into another product.
  • Flexible — Supports different interfaces enabling multiple power and hardware types