Aerohive Announces Industry’s First Family of Enterprise 802.11ax Access Points

Aerohive Announces Industry’s First Family of Enterprise 802.11ax Access Points

Aerohive, announced the industry’s first family of enterprise 802.11ax access points. Aerohive intends to deliver three new models in mid 2018. The new 802.11ax Wi-Fi access points – AP630, AP650, and AP650X – are 802.11ax-capable as well as being fully compatible with existing Wi-Fi devices.

Today, people expect to be connected to work, family, and friends anywhere, anytime, and any place with a high percentage of that connected time on Wi-Fi. With the advent of 802.11ax, Wi-Fi is finally becoming smarter, not just faster, as was the case with previous generations. 802.11ax, compared to previous generations, will be better balanced with nearly equivalent upload and download performance; 802.11ax will handle client density more efficiently through a new channel sharing capability; 802.11ax will improve battery life using wake-time scheduling that enables access points to tell clients when to go to sleep to preserve energy; and 802.11ax efficiency improvements will deliver at least 4x more throughput than 802.11ac.

Aerohive’s 802.11ax access points will launch with a new compact industrial design, enabling them to blend in with any décor, and will be ceiling-mounted using a push-and-twist, easy on/off, multi-ceiling-rail-compatible bracket. Initial installation using the new bracket takes less than one minute and removal can be accomplished in a matter of seconds.

The Aerohive 802.11ax AP650 and 650X will both be equipped with Aerohive’s unique software-defined, dual-5 GHz radios along with 802.3bz backhaul connectivity. The AP650X will come with an extended temperature range and external antennas for hard-to-reach and industrial-usage situations. All three of Aerohive’s 802.11ax access points will have integrated BLE and USB connectivity for enhanced location-driven services and the ability to provide additional wireless access options for IoT and other devices.

The upcoming wireless standard, IEEE 802.11ax, is designed to operate in the existing 2.4 GHz and 5GHZ spectrums. While still supporting MIMI and MU-MIMO, 802.11ax also introduces OFDMA to improve overall spectral efficiency, and higher order QAM modulation support for increased throughput.

While 802.11ac supported multi-user MIMO, it only did so in downlink mode. 802.11ax adds uplink capabilities. The working range of 802.11ax is expected to work with a range similar or slightly improved from that of 802.11ac. Reliability for the range is expected to improve as well with the inclusion of OFDA.

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