A key component of the Forsway Xtend Hub, Mimir is an operator satellite gateway for enabling hybrid internet-over-satellite services. The unique Mimir solution provides smooth broadband connectivity with high QoE to users in areas with an existing narrowband return channel. Mimir has been optimized for a wide selection of return channels, where the most used are GPRS, EDGE, 3G, ADSL, and WiMAX.
Mimir gateway routes IP data via satellite to subscribers and centralizes reception of IP data from subscribers coming from different types of return channels.
Intelligent functionality furnishes different levels of security and encryption to protect against network invasion.
Grants access (PKI and MAC based) to broadband services to subscribers-only.
Provides PEP (Proxy Enhancing Performance) features (TCP acceleration over satellite).
- Offers operators rich features such as VNO, support for multiple EMS, Hub/terminal monitoring and FAP.
Mimir Gateway’s unique features and functionality
Agile Asymmetric Routing
A hybrid internet-over-satellite service uses different transmission paths for incoming and outgoing data. The agile Mimir Gateway provides operators with smooth reception of requests on one network interface while outgoing transmission is performed on another network interface
On-Demand Satellite Bonding
Mimir seamlessly bonds medium bandwidth return channels with a satellite service. To optimize service and reduce latency, when bandwidth usage is low, all traffic will travel over the return channel.
When a return channel cannot support increased bandwidth demands, satellite service is automatically activated and bonded with the return link.
- End-users are provided with combined bandwidth of the satellite link and return channel, boosting previously unreliable or slow connections.
- Robust latency-sensitive protocols are prioritized for the low-latency return channel.
The Mimir server enables secure authentication at login from the use of PKI certificates. As PKI certificates are preinstalled in Forsway Odin F-50 satellite routers, the burden of username and password management is removed. All communication between the Mimir server and terminal can be encrypted.
Terminal Auto Configuration
All satellite parameters are automatically sent to the terminal when connecting. The end user needs only to configure the return channel.
Innovative Protocol Acceleration
It takes approximately 240 milliseconds for a signal to travel to a geostationary satellite and back to earth. While standard TCP/IP protocol is not designed for such long latency, it affects potential maximum throughput. The protocol acceleration from Forsway’s Performance Enhancing Proxy significantly improves GEO throughput
Mimir supports multi-transponder environments with automatic load balancing between transponders, based on geographic properties of end users.
The flexible Mimir design supports different types of link aggregation. Example: Combining bandwidth of two mobile connections for improved uplink performance.
Agile User Management
The integrated Mimir NMS feature includes simple user provisioning, allowing the system administrator to easily configure and manage users, terminals, and different types of accounts and services. Mimir supports third-party provisioning and billing systems with easy integration through a provisioning API
Forsway recommends deploying the Mimir server at the uplink site. While the Mimir server is most commonly pre-installed to simplify deployment, the Forsway Odin F-50 terminal can be factory configured based on an operator’s needs Forsway introduce Cloud later. Stay tuned.