Aerohive unveils combo wallplate wireless AP, switch with embedded IoT capability

The AP150W can be installed in less than two minutes, contends the company.

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Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE) has unveiled the AP150W, billed as the "first small form factor wallplate access point and switch combination with embedded IoT capability." Designed both for Ethernet-jack wall mounting or placement on a desktop, the AP150W can be installed in less than two minutes, contends the company.

Per a company press release: "Aerohive’s Cloud Management [service] “radically simplifies” provisioning of the AP150W at unmatched scale in both private and public-cloud implementations. The AP150W delivers superior 802.11ac Wave 2 performance with the industry’s only 3x3:3 configuration, which can punch out Netflix steaming, VoIP phone calling, and video conference-capable speeds of 1.3 Gbps. By using Aerohive’s Private Pre-Shared Key (PPSK) capability, [users] can simplify guest and IoT secure network access without the cost and complexity of 802.1X.

Every AP150W has anti-counterfeit and platform-integrity measures that protect network secrets and prevent operation without valid access verification. For greater use-case flexibility, the AP150W can power VoIP phones, IoT sensors, and cameras through its integrated PoE switch and Passive Passthrough Port, which provides investment protection for existing cabling and switch infrastructure."

"Wi-Fi has become the primary connectivity at work, home, and play,” notes Alan Amrod, senior vice president, Products Organization, Aerohive Networks. “By packing 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet switching, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), and ZigBee technologies into a small form factor that can be installed in less than two minutes, Wi-Fi in every room has finally become affordable and easy.”

The AP150W will be available in early September at a price of $299, which includes a subscription-free lifetime membership to the company's Cloud Management with Aerohive Connect cloud managed enterprise Wi-Fi and wired connectivity service.

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