Dual-band 802.11ac AP for SOHO
Netgear’s Dual Band 802.11ac Wireless Access Point (WAC104-100NAS) delivers high performance networking for small office and home office (SOHO) deployments. The AP supports dual-band concurrent operation at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz with combined throughput of 1.2 Gbits/sec (300 Mbits/sec at 2.4GHz and 867 Mbits/sec at 5GHz). The WAC104 wireless 802.11ac AP provides notable ease of use in standalone access point mode, adds the company.
Wireless AP connects up to 19 industrial network IP addresses
To ease access to critical production data within the manufacturing enterprise, the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (AP) from Rockwell Automation includes a work group bridge. Unlike other wireless clients that only connect a single IP address, the Stratix 5100 enables engineers to connect up to 19 IP addresses simultaneously. The AP employs enterprise-class silicon and optimized radios to deliver a mobility experience that includes 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 by 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and three spatial streams, says the company. The AP uses the Cisco IOS for performance and configuration options, and works with the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system to provide detailed network diagnostic information. The product complements the Allen-Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication modules and portfolio of Stratix switches also available from Rockwell Automation.
Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
Simultaneous dual-band PoE access point
From D-Link, the DAP-2695 AirPremier AC1750 Plenum-Rated Dual Band Gigabit PoE Access Point is designed to support small to medium business or enterprise environments by providing network administrators with secure and manageable dual-band wireless LAN options, leveraging the cutting-edge capabilities of IEEE 802.11ac wireless technology. Per the company, the DAP-2695 delivers reliable, high-speed wireless performance using the latest 802.11ac standards with maximum wireless signal rates of up to 450 Mbits/sec over the 2.4-GHz band, and 1300 Mbits/sec over the 5-GHz band. This, coupled with support for D-Link’s WiFi Multimedia (WMM) Quality of Service (QoS) feature, makes the DAP-2695 AirPremier an ideal access point for audio, video, and voice applications, says the company.
Samsung orients wireless APs for enterprise use
Samsung Electronics recently introduced an outdoor wireless Access Point (AP) designed specifically for enterprise use. Dubbed the WEA453e, the business-oriented AP bears an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. The WEA453e is designed for outdoor use, but is easy to install thanks to a 58-mm unit thickness and a 2.6 kg weight, Samsung notes. The unit’s simple design also satisfies aesthetic considerations. The product meets certification requirements for the 802.11ac WiFi standard.
Greenlee Communications’ AirScout WiFi Testing System
Quality wireless access points are crucial to the success of any wireless network and can ultimately be the reason for an excellent or poor WiFi experience. However, the configuration and location of these access points is equally as important as the hardware and can greatly affect the network’s overall performance. Wireless access points that are poorly configured may encounter constant interference from neighboring APs and other environmental factors ranging from concrete and metal, to baby monitors and microwaves. Greenlee Communications offers a full line of WiFi troubleshooting, site survey, and design tools engineered to help users find and diagnose problems, analyze, plan, and configure wireless networks with ease. AirScout delivers engineering-grade WiFi test and measurement tools that require no training or WiFi expertise to use quickly and effectively, Greenlee says. The AirScout product line offers solutions to fit projects from a mobile app to a robust Enterprise WiFi site survey and design tool, the company concludes.
Greenlee Communications, www.greenleecommunications