Product Focus: Wireless Access Points

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It's fall 2011 and your college's Bio 101 class is filled to its 87-student capacity. More than half the students sit hunched over laptops taking notes. At everyone's feet lie backpacks containing one or two additional devices--cell phones, smartphones, iPods, iPhones, you name it--all of which require time and space on your wireless network. Now pull back and look at your entire campus. Buildings everywhere are filled with students, administrators, instructors, and myriad guests, all carrying multiple devices for which they expect wireless support. Does your network have what it takes?

It's a question that many IT administrators worry about late into the night, particularly as the number of mobile devices on campus continues to skyrocket. Fortunately, today's technology--specifically, 802.11n-capable wireless access technology--does makes it possible to equip your campus for today's intensive mobile culture.

With a data rate of up to 600 megabits per second, the n-standard APs achieve speeds up to six times that of their predecessors, 802.11a, b, or g, and they can support 50 to 100 client connections at once, even if those clients are using bandwidth-intensive applications that stream video or deliver voice over wireless LAN. They incorporate MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) antenna systems that can bounce radio waves off walls and other obstacles, and reach the desired receiving device from different paths, or spatial streams. Among other things, MIMO enables faster transmission and wireless access in places that were hard to penetrate with earlier wireless technology.

802.11n incorporates a new, third spatial stream, which Kevin Secino, global product marketing manager for mobility at HP, compares to opening a third lane on a highway.

"You get more traffic through three lanes than two," explains Secino. "You can think of this in a similar fashion. We're able to transmit more data through three streams than two." The three-stream technology is also completely compatible with one and two spatial streams, as well as a, b, and g technology.

Band steering, a common feature of most access-point devices, helps to keep traffic flowing smoothly on all three spatial streams. Band steering is the process by which an AP detects when a client device is n capable and steers that device onto the 802.11n streams so legacy devices can use the 802.11a, b, and g streams.

Another feature worth considering is beamforming, which creates better coverage by optimizing the link between clients and APs. Included in many vendors' 802.11n AP technology, beamforming can reduce power usage as well as interference, enabling APs to operate at stronger signal strengths with less concern for channel overlap.

Beamforming helps you get higher throughput for greater distances, because it’s concentrating the energy toward your device, rather than sending the energy everywhere,” explains Jeff Schwartz, HP's global product manager for mobility.

Beamforming enables the access points, which usually contain three transmitters, to time transmissions so packets arrive at their destination at exactly the same time. With prior technology, Schwartz says, the three radios would transmit, and traffic from one would arrive slightly before traffic from another, because they took different paths.

There can be a downside, however. Beamforming relies on a signal exchange between the access point and the receiving device, which can be less effective if a device is moving around and the signal has to be repeatedly reset.

With exponential growth in the numbers of wireless devices on campus, schools are quickly having to adjust to these more complex networking challenges, and are employing sophisticated options for managing their networks. At this point, there's no doubt that 802.11n represents the best wireless technology on the market in terms of bandwidth, speed, security, and network management. At least for now.


Motorola AP-7131N 3-Radio Wireless Access Point w Facade Antenna Kit

Motorola AP-7131N 3-Radio Wireless Access Point w Facade Antenna Kit

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 3
Ports/Connectors: (1) RJ-45 10 / 100 / 1000Base-T PoE LAN, (1) RJ-45 10 / 100 / 1000Base-T Network Uplink, (1) RJ-45 Console Management
Actual Weight: 2.67 lb(s)

 

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Motorola AP650 Dual Radio External Antenna United States version

Motorola AP650 Dual Radio External Antenna United States version

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 3, SNMP 2, SNMP 1, Telnet

 

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Cisco Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router VPN-SNMP Managed WPA2 QoS MIMO

Cisco Wireless-N Gigabit Security Router VPN-SNMP Managed WPA2 QoS MIMO

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: ACL, DHCP, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.11n (draft), DNS, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11i
Remote Management Protocol: HTTP, SNMP, HTTPS
Switching Protocol: Ethernet
Transport Protocol: L2TP, PPTP, IPSec, DHCP
Actual Weight: 1.21 lb(s)
Ports/Connectors: Ethernet, Power 4-Port 10 / 100 / 1000 switch with automatic rate negotiation and automatic MDI/MDIX detection
System Requirements: Network adapter with ethernet network cable and TCP / IP Protocol installed per PC Web-based configuration Java / Cookies / SSL-enabled Web browser
Actual Weight: 1.21 lb(s)

 

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Motorola AP 7181 DC 2.4 5.8 GHZ NA

Motorola AP 7181 DC 2.4 5.8 GHZ NA

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Data Transfer Rate:

 

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HP E-MSM 430 Dual-Radio 802.11N AP AM

HP E-MSM 430 Dual-Radio 802.11N AP AM

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 450 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11b

 

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D-Link AirPremier N PoE Access Point

D-Link AirPremier N PoE Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11b, SSH, IEEE 802.11g, HTTPS, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.3af (PoE)
Remote Management Protocol: Telnet, SNMP 3, SNMP 1, SNMP 2c, HTTP

 

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Meraki MR12 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

Meraki MR12 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11b
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE)
Other: 802.11n MIMO for up to 150 Mbps throughput, Enhanced transmit power and receive sensitivity, Self-healing, zero-configuration mesh, Integrated enterprise security and guest access, Application-aware traffic shaping, Self-configuring, plug-and-play deployment, Sleek, low profile design that blends in office environments, Additional Ethernet port for printers and other wired devices

 

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Cisco Wireless-G Exterior Access Point with PoE and MIMO

Cisco Wireless-G Exterior Access Point with PoE and MIMO

 

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 1, HTTP, SNMP 2, HTTPS, SNMP 2c
Actual Weight: 2.47 lb(s)

 

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D-Link AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point

D-Link AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Remote Management Protocol: Telnet, SNMP 2c, HTTPS, SNMP 1, SNMP 3, HTTP
Networking Protocol: SNMP, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), HTTP, SSH, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, HTTPS, IEEE 802.11n (draft), Telnet, IEEE 802.3u
Security: WPA – Personal, WPA– Enterprise, WPA2 – Personal, WPA2 – Enterprise, 64 / 128-bit WEP, SSID Broadcast Disable, MAC Address Access Control, Network Access Protection
Actual Weight: 1.70 lb(s)

 

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Netgear ProSafe Dual Band 802.11 2.4GHz Wireless Access Point

Netgear ProSafe Dual Band 802.11 2.4GHz Wireless Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 1 Gbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), SSH, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP, HTTP, Telnet
Ports/Connectors: (1) 10 / 100 / 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port with Auto Uplink (Auto MDI-X) with IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) support, (1) console port with standard RS-232C interface with DB-9 male connector, (2) reverse SMA antenna connectors
System Requirements: 2.4 GHz 802.11n draft specification adapter or 2.4 GHz 802.11 b / g wireless adapter or 5 GHz 802.11a, wireless adapter; Microsoft Windows Vista, XP, 2000, 98, Me, Mac OS, UNIX, Linux; Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5

 

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Netgear ProSafe 20 AP Wireless Controller

Netgear ProSafe 20 AP Wireless Controller

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 1000 Mbps
Networking Protocol: Gigabit Ethernet,Ethernet,Fast Ethernet
Ports/Connectors: (4) network - Ethernet 10Base-T / 100Base-TX / 1000Base-T - RJ-45, (1) USB - 4 pin Type A
Other: Load balancing, stackable, Access Control List (ACL) support, Quality of Service (QoS)

 

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Cisco Wireless LAN Controller 2106

Cisco Wireless LAN Controller 2106

 

Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps Protocols

Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.11d, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11h
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 2c, SYSLOG, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SNMP 3, SNMP 1
Transport Protocol: ICMP/IP, UDP/IP, TCP/IP
Ports/Connectors: 8 x 10 / 100 Ethernet Ports (intended to support a combination of access points and redundant LAN uplinks); Two of the eight 10 / 100 Ethernet ports are 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled, rated for use with Cisco Aironet lightweight access points
Actual Weight: 4.00 lb(s)

 

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D-Link AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point

D-Link AirPremier N Dual Band PoE Access Point

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Remote Management Protocol: Telnet, HTTP, HTTPS, SNMP
Actual Weight: 0.90 lb(s)

 

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D-Link AirPremier N PoE AP Plenum

D-Link AirPremier N PoE AP Plenum

 

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 2c, HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, SNMP 3, SNMP 1
Networking Protocol: SSH, IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g

 

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D-Link Airpremier DAP 2555

D-Link Airpremier N Dual-Band PoE Wireless Access Point Cloud Command with 1Yr. Sub.

 

Features
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Remote Management Protocol: HTTP
Security: WPA2 Personal, WPA2 Personal with IDA (Individual Device Authorization), WPA2 Enterprise, SSID Broadcast Disable, MAC, Address Access Control
Actual Weight: 0.86 lb(s)
Other: Deploy multiple self-configuring access points in minutes, Manage remotely online, anytime, anywhere, Single point of management, single configuration for all access points, Stats and graphic reports, Intrusion detection, Email and SMS notifications, Firewalled guest network, Individual user management with 2-factor authentication + encryption

 

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D-Link Wireless N Services Router

D-Link Wireless N Services Router

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 1 Gbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11n (draft), Fast Ethernet, Ethernet, RIP, DHCP, DNS, IEEE 802.11g, IPSec, IEEE 802.11b, Gigabit Ethernet
Transport Protocol: Static IP, PPTP, DHCP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE
Remote Management Protocol: HTTPS, SNMP 2c,SNMP 1,HTTP,SNMP 3
Switching Protocol: Ethernet

 

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Motorola AP-7131 Single Radio 802.11n Access Point

Motorola AP-7131 Single Radio 802.11n Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 3

 

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Motorola AP650 Access Point, Single Radio Internal Antenna, United States Version

Motorola AP650 Access Point, Single Radio Internal Antenna, United States Version

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE)
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 3, SNMP 1, Telnet, SNMP 2

 

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Meraki MR16 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

Meraki MR16 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 600 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Other: Dual-concurrent 802.11n radios, up to 600 Mbps throughput, Enhanced transmit power and receive sensitivity, Self-healing, zero-configuration mesh, Integrated enterprise security and guest access, Application-aware traffic shaping, Self-configuring, plug-and-play deployment, Sleek, low-profile design that blends in office environments, Optimized for voice and video

 

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Meraki MR24 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

Meraki MR24 Cloud-Managed Wireless Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 600 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Other: Dual-concurrent 802.11n radios, up to 600 Mbps throughput, Enhanced transmit power and receive sensitivity, Self-healing, zero-configuration mesh, Integrated enterprise security and guest access, Application-aware traffic shaping, Self-configuring, plug-and-play deployment, Sleek, low-profile design that blends in office environments, Optimized for voice and video

 

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Cisco Wireless N PoE Access Point

Cisco Wireless N PoE Access Point

 

Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: HTTP, IEEE 802.11b+g, Gigabit Ethernet, SNMPm DHCP, HTTPS
Remote Management Protocol: HTTP, SNMP 1, SNMP 2c, HTTPS
Transport Protocol: VLAN, DHCP
Ports/Connectors: (1) RJ-45 10 / 100 / 1000Base-T LAN
Actual Weight: 0.86 lb(s)

 

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D-Link AirPremier N Dual Bank PoE Access Point

D-Link AirPremier N Dual Bank PoE Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 2c, SNMP 1, HTTPS, HTTP
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), SSH, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11a
Remote Management Protocol: Telnet, SNMP 3

 

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Cisco 802.11A G N AP Clean Air Internal Antenna A Region

Cisco 802.11A G N AP Clean Air Internal Antenna A Region

 

Features

Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11i, IEEE 802.11h, IEEE 802.11d, IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0), IEEE 802.1x, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b
Ports/Connectors: 10 / 100 / 1000BASE-T autosensing (RJ-45), Management console port (RJ-45)
Actual Weight: 2.30 lb(s)

 

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HP E-MSM 466 Dual-Radio 802.11N AP AM

HP E-MSM466 Dual-Radio 802.11N Access Point (AM)

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 450 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft), IEEE 802.11a
Ports/Connectors (1) RJ-45 autosensing 10 / 100 / 1000 port, (1) RJ-45 serial console port
Actual Weight: 11.600 oz

 

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Cisco Dual Band 802.11a g n Fixed Unified AP Internal Antenna FCC Configuration

Cisco Dual Band 802.11a g n Fixed Unified AP Internal Antenna FCC Configuration

 

Features

Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b
Actual Weight: 2.30 lb(s)
Other: This is is the LITE version, and only works with a wireless controller.

 

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D-Link AirPremier 802.11g Managed Access Point

D-Link AirPremier 802.11g Managed Access Point

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet
Switching Protocol: Ethernet
Actual Weight: 1.33 lb(s)

 

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Motorola AP-7131 Wireless Access Point Dual Radio 802.11N 6 Antenna w QIG

Motorola AP-7131 Wireless Access Point Dual Radio 802.11N 6 Antenna w QIG

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 300 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.3af (PoE), IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a
Remote Management Protocol: SNMP 3

 

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Motorola Access Port 802.11G AP 300 Single-Radio External Antenna (Antennas Not Included)

Motorola Access Port 802.11G AP 300 Single-Radio External Antenna (Antennas Not Included)

 
Features
Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
Networking Protocol: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Ports/Connectors: (2) RP-BNC
Actual Weight: 1.50 lb(s)

 

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