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Best 802.11ac Access Points Available Today

Best Enterprise Gear For The 802.11ac Wi-Fi Standard

Since HPE acquired Aruba Networks, there are currently three manufacturers that lead the enterprise wireless LAN space: Cisco, Aruba/HPE, Extreme Networks and Ruckus. However, Cisco is well ahead of the others, maintaining around 45 percent of the total wireless LAN market share. The next sections will go over the currently available 802.11ac access points made by Cisco, Aruba/HPE, Extreme Networks and Ruckus and what they have to offer.

Aruba Networks/HPE 802.11ac Access Points

Aruba currently offers eight 802.11ac series access points. Aruba's latest 802.11ac Wave 2 access points include the 310, 320 and 330 series devices. Aruba also offers a number of Wave 1 APs including the 200, 210, 220, 228 and 270 series devices.

Avaya 802.11ac Access Points

Avaya currently offers seven 802.11ac series access points. The company only offers one Wave 2 APs (9144), but seven Wave 1.

Cisco 802.11ac Access Points

Cisco currently offers nine Aironet product series that support IEEE 802.11ac, which offer built-in support via internal or external antennas, depending on the specific model. The Aironet 1810w, 1810OEAP, 1830, 1850, 2800 and 3800 are Wave 2 products. The Aironet 1700, 2700 and 3700 are Wave 1 products.

Extreme Networks 802.11ac Access Points

At this time Extreme Networks offers five 802.11ac access points for indoor and outdoor implementations. The AP3965 and AP3935 series APs are Wave 2 products while the AP3865, AP3825 and AP 3805 series are Wave 1 products. 

Ruckus Wireless 802.11ac Access Points

Ruckus Wireless has four 802.11ac Wave 1 offerings including the R310, R500, R600 and R700 series of devices and a single Wave 2 offering, the R710.

How To Choose The Best 802.11ac Access Point

As you can see, there are a number of different options available and the selection of the best solution will really depend on the specific environment and the requirements of the situation. If you're considering purchasing 802.11ac gear, take a look at the available options we listed in this article and compile that with the requirements of the intended environment. Then choose a few products that fill those requirements the best and test the access points in the actual environment to ensure their performance before purchasing. In-house testing will not only help you ensure that you'll get the best performance from your WiFi gear, it might even give you some leverage on the deal when you're ready to make your final decision.

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