Sunday, March 13, 2005

Netgear Debuts RF-Manageable Dual-Band Access Points

Netgear released a enterprise-class ProSafe Dual Band Wireless Access Point (WAG302)offering simultaneously support for both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz 54 Mbps radio transmissions. The 802.11i-ready access point incorporates advanced security and management features including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and IEEE 802.3af integrated Power-over-Ethernet (PoE).

The ProSafe Dual Band Wireless Access Point features two detachable 5 dBi antennas and is Plenum-rated for placement above drop-down ceilings and under raised floors. It supports Netgear's "AutoCell" RF management technology for optimized WLAN performance in high-density, high RF interference environments. The technology enables the Access Point to intelligently choose channels and adjusting transmit power levels to ensure coverage and avoid interference. It is capable of supporting up to 128 simultaneous wireless clients, supporting WDS for bridging and repeater modes, and can be configured to function simultaneously as a bridge and access point. The security feature set includes: WPA2 Enterprise, 40/64- and 128/154-bit WEP shared key encryption, advanced AES 256-bit encryption, 802.1x RADIUS server authentication, TKIP dynamic key assignment, MAC address access control lists, SSID suppression, rogue access point detection and notification, SSL and SSH secure management interfaces, and intra-cell blocking to prevent client-to-client snooping. The list price is $445.