Friday, April 25, 2014

Aerohive Introduces 802.11ac For Less!

Are you excited about Gigabit WiFi?  Trying to find a way to fit even just a few 11ac APs into your IT budget?  I wouldn't say Aerohive's new AP230 is the answer to all our prayers but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Purpose Built For Easy Migration

The new AP230 offers 802.11ac at a price point that Aerohive hopes is reasonable enough for more organizations to make the jump to 11ac.  The $799 list price does come in quite a bit cheaper than most 11ac APs, notably the Cisco Meraki MR34 and Aruba Networks AP220 series ($1399 and $1295 respectively).  It is also cheaper than Aerohive's other 11ac offerings (both the AP370 and AP390 list for $999).  Best of all, it's even cheaper than some 11n APs.  However, there are 11ac offerings from Meru Networks, Ubiquiti and others for even less.

Another strong asset of the AP230 is that it is capable of full 11ac functionality using standard PoE (802.3af) power.  That's right, you don't need to upgrade your existing infrastructure to PoE+ (802.3at).  This is what really makes the AP230 more affordable.  Most 11ac APs will function on PoE power but in a limited fashion.  They require PoE+ to make use of many of the features that set them apart.  Not so with the AP230.

Key Features
  • Two Ethernet ports with Link Aggregation and Gig Ethernet
  • Fully functional using standard PoE (802.3af)
  • Two radio (3x3) three stream MIMO
  • Plenum rated
  • Does not require a controller
  • Low list price of $799
You can see more about the AP230 as well as the entire line of Aerohive APs and more 802.11ac APs here.

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