Fortinet introduced its new FortiAP-U series of 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points (AP) today (1 September 2016). The company is best known as a cyber security specialist, but it moved into the wireless access market when it acquired Wi-Fi vendor Meru Networks in 2015.
The new APs represent the first major Wi-Fi equipment release under the Fortinet brand name since the acquisition and come fully integrated with the Fortinet Security Fabric to provide unified protections for the network edge with security functions and application controls.
Seamless Security Fabric integration also enables access network segmentation capabilities to deliver a security strategy capable of protecting enterprises against threats targeting IoT and endpoint devices before they can access critical internal data, the company claimed.
Fortinet said that the FortiAP-U APs simplify deployment and administration of access networks by offering a single appliance that is compatible with all Fortinet access management platforms – including FortiWLC enterprise wireless LAN controllers, integrated with FortiGate enterprise firewall LAN controllers and FortiCloud’s controllerless cloud wireless management.
The APs feature plug-in-play implementation, enabling each device to automatically determine the type of management backend and pull down configuration information to deliver rapid deployment without the need for IT staff to manually update every appliance.
The new access points are also designed to suit the wireless needs of the largest enterprises by offering the latest Wi-Fi standard - 802.11ac Wave 2 incorporating features such as quad spatial streams, extended 5 GHz channel support, wide-channel 160MHz and Multi-User MIMO.
These technologies are designed to maximise bandwidth and device capacity, supporting even the most dense wireless needs with mulit-gigabit throughput, while providing advanced security and unified visibility for all of the devices connected to the network. These features coupled with universal management compatibilities enable the flexibility to effortlessly scale as network requirements increase.
John Maddison, senior vice president of products and solutions at Fortinet, commented: “IT teams face severe challenges scaling and securing their wireless networks to meet rising access demands and the increasing dangers posed by IoT.
“The Fortinet Security Fabric solves these challenges by integrating security with the wireless infrastructure to unlock advanced internal segmentation strategies that are critical to defend against IoT threats.
“Now offering automated operations and plug-in-play compatibility with any Fortinet access management backend, the introduction of Fortinet’s patented FortiAP-U series of universal access points lowers the barrier for customers to implement the increased security protections of the Fortinet Security Fabric.”
Key feature highlights
• Supports Universal Access Management from on-premise to cloud management
• 802.11ac Wave 2 technology with data rates of up to 3.5 Gbps
• 4x4 MU-MIMO technology improves client throughput and range
• 802.11ac transmit beamforming (TxBF)
• Modulation up to 256 QAM
• Integrated with Fortinet Security Fabric
• Virtual Cell enabled deployments segment traffic at RF layer.
The FortiAP-U series of wireless access points are available now.
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