Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Aruba Networks Debuts Low Cost 802.11N AP

Aruba Networks introduced a compact, dual-radio AP-105 802.11n Access Point priced at $695 (U.S. list). The dual radio, 2x2 MIMO design delivers up to 300Mbps per radio. Software reconfiguration allows repurposing for connectivity, mesh, intrusion sensor, and remote access applications. It includes a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which securely stores network credentials and cipher keys to protect network integrity even if the access point is probed or stolen.

The company said its value pricing breaks new ground for the enterprise WLAN market, paving the way for the eventual cross-over point between wired and wireless enterprise networks.

The Aruba AP-105 aims to accelerate adoption of 802.11n by offering enterprise-grade security, high throughput, streaming video support, and other key features previously available only in more expensive devices. It can be used in conjunction with Aruba's recently introduced 600 Series Controllers.

Aruba also announced a reduction in the U.S. list price of its top-of-the-line 3x3 MIMO AP-124 and AP-125 Access Points to just $995. Both access points feature operation over standard 803.2af POE, dual gigabit Ethernet ports with Secure Jack access control, high throughput rates over long ranges, and FIPS 140-2 validation. The AP-124 includes external antenna connectors
for use with a wide range of antennas, while the AP-125 uses adjustable integrated antennas.