Aerohive Networks has introduced the AP550 Wave 2 802.11ac wireless access point (AP) as the latest addition to its Software Defined LAN (SD-LAN) portfolio of cloud-managed access layer infrastructure.
The AP550 is a 4x4 MIMO, dual radio AP performance optimised for high-density, high-capacity environments. It supports up to four spatial streams and has a built-in BLE and a USB port to accommodate beacons and other IoT devices.
The AP enables enterprises to future-proof their networks for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, BYOD and high-bandwidth applications. The AP550 also has new enterprise-grade features, such as MACsec, Air-IQ, and Zero Wait DFS.
Like the AP250 AP, launched in April this year, the AP550 offers software-selectable radios that maximise customers’ return on investment by allowing administrators to select transmission at 2.4GHz and 5GHz or to select dual 5GHz. When integrated into the overall network design, the selection of the dual 5GHz mode can effectively double network capacity.
The AP550 is also built on Aerohive’s RF-IQ technology, which incorporates distributed-control radio intelligence, such as automated channel and power selection, load balancing, band steering, and other capabilities that enable complex radio functionality.
The AP550 is the newest addition to Aerohive’s Software Defined LAN portfolio of cloud-managed, adaptable, access layer infrastructure. SD-LAN is a more adaptable, secure, and cost-effective approach to wireless and wired access networks. Aerohive’s new SD-LAN solution builds on core capabilities developed by Aerohive over the last 10 years as well as new access points, switches, and cloud management capabilities.
The AP550’s high-capacity wireless connectivity can be deployed with Aerohive’s next-generation access switches to offer unified wired and wireless management. Cloud network management from a single pane of glass improves visibility, centralizes control, and reduces cost and complexity.
Matthias Machowinski, research director, enterprise networks and video, IHS Markit, commented: “Our research shows that companies are expecting significant growth in mobile and IoT devices on their networks, and they’re rapidly shifting their investments to 802.11ac access points to provide more bandwidth and greater spectral efficiency. In addition, there is strong interest in adding other wireless technologies to Wi-Fi access points, such as Bluetooth Smart, to support the roll-out of IoT devices.”
“Organisations are facing the invasion of mobility with more devices, more demanding applications, and more users,” said Michael Lin, vice president of product management, Aerohive Networks. “The new AP550 Wave 2 access point enables enterprises to enjoy major technical advances, both standards-based and proprietary. With its rich capabilities, the AP550 takes wireless performance, capacity and functionality to new heights. This has great prospects for our customers and for Aerohive.”
TheAP550 is available today for $1,399, US and International list.
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