Aerohive adds new 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi access point for $799

Aerohive Networks today announced a new 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi access point (AP). The U.S. price for three-stream AP is $799.

The new AP230 enables Gigabit Wi-Fi in every enterprise office to transform business operations regardless of location, every retail outlet to improve the shopping experience, every classroom to enable new learning experiences, and every healthcare clinic to improve patient care and care collaboration, said Aerohive.

Aerohive adds new 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi access point

David Greene, chief marketing officer, Aerohive Networks, said: “Just as 802.11n transformed the Wi-Fi landscape, the performance and visibility requirements of 802.11ac will do the same as it exposes the scalability, performance, and functionality shortcomings of Wi-Fi controllers.”

By combining the latest in 3×3, three-stream 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi technology and security and control together into an economical package, it allows organizations to deploy fully featured 802.11ac into every part of the network infrastructure – from corporate headquarters to remote branches and outlets to every classroom.

The company claims that the price of the AP230 is less than competitors’ high-end three-stream 802.11n APs.

Compared to competitors’ 802.11ac offerings, the AP230 is as little as half the list price of many comparable three-stream APs and even less than the list price of two-stream APs.

Competitors’ solutions often require an infrastructure upgrade to higher power PoE+ to support full functionality with their 802.11ac access points. The AP230 allows organizations to get the most from their IT budget by removing all requirements to upgrade backend network devices or controller appliances.

Aerohive’s distributed architecture allows Application Visibility and Control on every device without overwhelming any single part of the network.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School conducted a speed test of the new 802.11ac AP at its school library. Students connecting to the 802.11ac were able to download a large file in less than seven minutes, as compared to 35 minutes for students using the 802.11n Wi-Fi cards. Those testing 802.11g cards weren’t even able to spend the two hours necessary.

Kevin O’Malley, CIO, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, said: “As a school, being able to tightly integrate technology with academics is key–being able to take advantage of the latest and greatest speed-boosting Wi-Fi advances in the industry at an affordable price point has been monumental for us.”

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