High-performance wireless APs from Aruba Networks

Aruba Networks announced two additions to its portfolio of wireless access points. The Aruba Instant IAP-134 and IAP-135, both 900Mbps 802.11n access points, are designed for smaller offices and SMEs.

The AP-93H wall-plate- mounted 300Mbps 802.11n access point is designed for school and university dormitories, school classrooms, hotels, hospitals and other multitenant environments.

Aruba Instant features the virtualization of Aruba Mobility Controller capabilities on 802.11n APs, creating an enterprise-grade WLAN solution. As many as 16 Aruba Instant APs can be managed as a single group, and multiple Aruba Instant network groups are easily centrally managed with Aruba AirWave.

Aruba Instant is easily deployed in minutes with minimal IT support and requires no ongoing service fees, licensing fees or management appliances. The product portfolio consists of five access points. These include the Aruba IAP-92, IAP-93 and IAP-105, as well as the newly added IAP-134 and IAP-135. The IAP-134 and IAP-135 feature 3X3 MIMO and operate at a maximum throughput of 900Mbps.

The company also announced the AP-93H, an indoor 802.11n AP that provides secure wired and wireless network connectivity in multitenant environments such as dormitories, classrooms, hotels and hospitals. The AP-93H attaches securely to any standard network wall plate, where it provides both wired and wireless network access at data rates up to 300 Mbps.

Most currently-available wall-plate APs lack enterprise-grade capabilities and the granular context-awareness that prevents any single application, device or user from devouring bandwidth at the expense of others. Working with centralised Aruba Mobility Controllers, the AP-93H is designed to deliver secure, high-speed network services that move users to a “wireless where possible, wired where necessary” network access model.

The network can then be rightsized by eliminating unused Ethernet switch ports, which reduces operating costs. The AP-93H supports Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) and spectrum analysis to maximise client performance and mitigate RF interference.

The AP-93H features a 2×2 MIMO, 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz dual-band radio with integrated antennas, four 10/100BASE-T Ethernet switch ports, an additional pass-through RJ-45 Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000BASE-T uplink port. The device can operate from a standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) source or a 12-volt DC power supply. Like other Aruba 802.11n APs, the AP-93H is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. The AP-93H is available now.

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