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Netgear Adds New Wi-Fi Controller, Access Point for Higher Ed, K-12

Netgear has added the new ProSafe WC7600 wireless controller and ProSafe WN370 wall mount access point with power over Ethernet (PoE) to its line of ProSafe products for higher ed and K-12 schools.

According to the company, the products are designed to help schools support bring-your-own-device (BYOD) by making it easier to add users to the network quickly and easily.

The ProSafe WC7600 wireless controller is 802.11ac wireless-ready to support future applications and devices, and it's stackable to support thousands of concurrent clients across 150 access points. With the introduction of the WC7600 controller, the ProSafe WNDAP660 and WNDAP620 access points can now be centrally managed to offer throughput up to 450 Mbps per radio.

Key features of the ProSafe WC7600 wireless controller include:

  • Ufast protocol for "ultra-fast" access point discovery;
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 fast roaming;
  • Captive portal for guest access;
  • Fully distributed architecture; and
  • Support for ProSafe access points (WNDAP660, WNDAP620, WNDAP360, WNDAP350, WN370, WNAP320 and WNAP210-200).

The ProSafe WN370 is a single-band 2.4 GHz 802.11n wall mount access point. According to the company, it's designed to support wired and wireless connectivity in mid-sized multi-tenant sites, such as dormitories.

Key features of the ProSafe WN370 access point include:

  • Power over Ethernet (PoE);
  • 1 Gbps uplink;
  • Four 100 Mbps Ethernet data ports;
  • Additional voice port for connectivity to digital phones;
  • Automatic RF and power tuning;
  • Guest captive portal; and
  • Comprehensive wireless security.

Further information about the ProSafe WC7600 wireless controller and ProSafe WN370 wall mount access point can be found on Netgear's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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