Aruba brings 320 series access points with MU-MIMO grouping

Aruba Networks, an HP company, has introduced Aruba 320 series access points (AP), the industry’s first 802.11ac Wave 2 AP with multi-user multiple input/multiple output (MU-MIMO) grouping.

The Wave 2 AP integrates a BLE Beacon that can help manage battery-powered Aruba Beacons from the cloud for firmware updates, battery life monitoring, and configuration changes, said Aruba Networks in a statement.

By 2018, 75 percent of workers in large organizations will interact with video more than three times daily.

Netflix Inc., an Internet television network with 62 million members in over 50 countries, is tracking the advancements in 802.11ac technology to support the bandwidth and capacity requirements of emerging applications.

Aruba Networks 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points
The Aruba ClientMatch incorporates awareness for Wave 2 MU-MIMO clients, steering and grouping MU-MIMO devices together on Aruba 320 series APs — allowing the 320 series to transmit data to multiple Wave 2-enabled devices simultaneously, increasing overall network capacity.

Through Wave 2 enhancements, ClientMatch will improve individual device performance and also boost overall network efficiency for 802.11ac Wave 2. The result is up to 42 percent improvement in performance over competing Wave 2 solutions without the enhanced ClientMatch technology.

The Aruba 320 series APs will be available in calendar third quarter 2015. 320 series AP prices start at U.S. list $1,395.

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