802.11ac Solution Increases Wi-Fi Capacity

— May 06, 2013

Motorola Solutions, Inc. is offering a suite of new indoor- and outdoor-rated 802.11ac access points (APs). Delivering faster speeds, these APs are designed to help alleviate bandwidth challenges faced by both enterprises and governments when users connect to Wi-Fi networks and access high-bandwidth applications such as mobile video and streaming media apps.

The complete suite includes the AP 8232, AP 8222 and AP 8263, offering flexible options for a wide variety of deployment scenarios. The APs also enable integrated location and security sensing for mobile commerce applications to help connect shoppers in retail stores and hotel guests both indoors and outdoors. For government workers, these can provide data-rich content and multimedia sharing across the government enterprise with high-speed 802.11ac.

The APs are also backward compatible with previous 802.11 standards and will support existing clients, preventing the need to create a new infrastructure.

Motorola’s services assist with optimal WLAN architecture and network placement design as well as integration to help ensure all AP models work efficiently. Managed service offerings also provide capabilities to improve AP uptime, minimize equipment downtime and provide reliable real-time data for peak WLAN operation. MESHConnex technology can now leverage the higher data rates offered by 802.11ac to wirelessly enable a richer backhaul pipe for multi-media traffic.

In addition, a new software upgrade to the WiNG 5 technology delivers mobile applications faster with video acceleration to improve mobile video streaming experience by eliminating legacy WAN bandwidth limitations. The upgrade also simplifies IT deployments by extending its scalable AP management solution from a centralized network operating center with a single unified management portal for enterprise branch offices.

Key Features:

  • Indoor APs: the modular AP 8232 has an expandable design to support plug-in applications such as a pan-tilt-zoom video camera, WAN back-haul as well as dedicated environmental, location and security sensors. The AP 8222 offers a fixed configuration with an internal antenna and a dual radio for customers who want an aesthetically pleasing fixture on the wall or ceiling.
  • AP for ruggedized, outdoor environments: the AP 8263 offers a tri-radio, fixed configuration for ruggedized and outdoor deployments and supports integrated, wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) and location sensing out of the box with a third radio module.
  • The upgrade to WiNG 5 now provides real-time content caching, improving web browsing and mobile app experiences for shoppers and guests without requiring a major upgrade to the WAN infrastructure.
  • Single dashboard view for hierarchical management, available on the NX-9500 controller platform, allows management of remote controllers, APs, WIPS and other applications all from an integrated easy-to-use, graphical console and delivers centralized control over the enterprise Wi-Fi deployment.

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