Wireless network provider Xirrus introduced its Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi today (12 May 2015), which it claims is the industry’s highest density Wi-Fi access point (APs) and able to deliver the ‘fastest Wi-Fi available’.
Designed to address the Internet of Things (IoT), Xirrus XD4 is the only 4-radio all 802.11ac AP available in the market, supports four times more users, reduces the amount of equipment deployed by 75% and decreases total cost of ownership by up to 50% versus competing products, Xirrus said today.
Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi - built for IoT
Gartner expects 4.9 billion wireless-connected “things” to saturate the market by the end 2015, increasing to 25 billion by 2020. This exceptional growth in the number of devices, and more importantly the increased volume of application traffic, has already severely stressed Wi-Fi networks. With Xirrus XD, networks can now easily scale to provide the connectivity required to deliver an exceptional user experience in the age of IoT.
Four 802.11ac radios
Built to address the changing landscape of Wi-Fi, the new XD4 integrates four 802.11ac capable radios and optimises performance with automated RF configuration. The XD platform is paired with Xirrus’ XMS cloud management system.
The platform automatically chooses the best available bands and power level without IT intervention and customises client connectivity for the best performance based on the capability of each device, delivering a true zero-touch experience.
In addition, the company announced today that it is shipping TurboXpress on all Xirrus XD access points. TurboXpress allows administrators to configure every radio on the AP for high-speed 802.11ac operation, with the click of a mouse, providing an instant Wi-Fi performance boost of up to 6x.
The TurboXpress feature means that the Xirrus XD AP is the only solution in the industry that can add wireless capacity instantaneously without adding APs. In addition, TurboXpress provides unprecedented investment protection by enabling the ability to address the ever-changing Wi-Fi landscape.
IT operations can be streamlined with the Xirrus Management System (XMS), hosted either in the cloud or on-premise. XD Wi-Fi also integrates a set of network services to optimise performance and ensure enterprise-grade wireless reliability including:
• acXpress: separate high-speed 802.11ac from low-speed Wi-Fi clients to optimise performance for all clients and ensure the best user experience.
• Application Control: ensure predictable Wi-Fi traffic performance and enforce policies for more than 1,400 business-critical applications through integrated application visibility and control directly on the AP.
Eliminate the controller – improve reliability
With most traditional wireless solutions, a central controller oversees the operation and maintenance of tens to hundreds of APs at once. In these networks, a single controller failure will impact the operation of all connected APs and their users.
However, as businesses add capacity to their network, they also need to add more controllers at significant expense and complexity. XD Wi-Fi integrates the controller function into every AP, reducing system costs and improving overall system reliability.
“With different devices and applications competing for bandwidth on wireless networks, one AP is not enough to maintain acceptable performance,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing.
“XD solves this problem by integrating more 802.11ac radios per AP than any solution in the market, and eliminating the central controller from the network. This combination establishes the Xirrus XD as a solution that not only performs better, but actually reduces implementation and ongoing operational costs – a win-win for everyone”
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