Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:51

Wi-Fi AC Wave 2 coming – up to 8 times faster

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As business and consumer Wi-Fi becomes ubiquitous, the need for more efficient multi-antenna and multi-user solutions becomes a necessity, especially with increased demand for guest access, end-point access, and IoT device bandwidth.

Xirrus, a leading provider of next generation, cloud-enabled, Wi-Fi networks, has announced new four- and eight-radio, high-density, 802.11AC, Wave 2, Wi-Fi access points (APs), providing the broadest Wave 2 portfolio in the Wi-Fi industry. Its software-defined Wi-Fi solution enables an all Wave 2 solution, which delivers up to eight times the Wave 2 capacity per AP compared to competitive solutions.

The new four-radio XD and eight-radio XR high-density Wave 2 solutions were built specifically to address the connectivity challenges that enterprises, educational institutions, and public venues face. Xirrus says these will deliver the highest performance, and most adaptive cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions available.

As new Wave 2 devices emerge, Wi-Fi networks must support these new technologies without requiring a complete network overhaul. According to a recent report, 802.11AC, Wave 2 Wi-Fi solutions will become the most common shipping Wi-Fi standard soon.

“With Wi-Fi user experience and connectivity expectations at an all-time high, organisations cannot ignore new technology standards when upgrading network infrastructure,” said Matthias Machowinski, senior research director, IHS. “The Xirrus Wave 2 portfolio includes features to address today’s requirements for fast, reliable and flexible Wi-Fi across a broad range of environments, including high-density deployments.”

Xirrus XD and XR Wave 2 solutions provide:

  • Superior Wi-Fi experience – Full suite of Wave 2 Wi-Fi features on all AP radios, each capable of up to 3.47 Gbps (faster than other solutions) and four-stream multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).
  • Adaptive architecture – Software-defined solution works with existing infrastructure and allows one-click migration to a 100% Wave 2 network when needed.
  • Flexible management – Cloud-based or on-premise Xirrus Management System (XMS) offers zero-touch provisioning and integrated EasyPass access control at no additional charge.

Darrin Hunter, director, Red 29, said “With new devices and technologies emerging every day, our customers constantly face the challenge of delivering fast, flexible Wi-Fi to their users. Xirrus Wi-Fi allows us to address those customer needs.

"We have already experienced rapid uptake and success with the Xirrus XD2, Wave 2 solution. With the introduction of the four- and eight-radio Wave 2 solutions, Xirrus empowers us to offer a complete set of Wave 2 solutions, unlike any other offer in the market that allows our customers to easily upgrade capacity as their needs continue to grow. No other competitive solution delivers the flexibility, performance, reliability and security that Xirrus does.”

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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