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Aruba Launches 1.3 Gbps 802.11ac Outdoor Access Points

By - Source: Aruba Networks

Aruba Networks introduced their 270 series access points this week, bringing gigabit speeds (802.11ac) to the great outdoors. The company provides two models: the Aruba AP-274 with external antennas and the Aruba AP-275 with integrated antennas. The base list price for the Aruba 270 Series starts at $1,595 USD.

Aruba 270 Series Access Points. Image courtesy of Aruba Networks. Aruba 270 Series Access Points. Image courtesy of Aruba Networks. The new Aruba access points are ideal for areas saturated with mobile hungry users: in education and enterprises campuses, large-scale resorts, indoor/open air malls and other high density public venues. They are also no more obtrusive than a modern video surveillance camera, making them ideal for institutions and large public facing enterprises that have strict requirements on design and form factor.

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"Today, organizations that want to deploy Wi-Fi outdoors are forced to compromise performance, installation efficiency, resiliency or aesthetics," states the company's press release. "While there are solutions that provide some of these critical attributes, only the Aruba 270 Series APs address all these requirements."

Aruba's new 270 series offers two operating modes: Controller-managed AP or Remote AP (RAP) running ArubaOS (AP models) and Aruba Instant AP running InstantOS (IAP models). In the Instant mode, according to Aruba, "one AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other APs."

The specs show that the AP-275 and IAP-275 each have 3x3 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) and three integrated omni-directional antennas, and provide up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 1.3 Gbps on the 5 GHz band. The AP-274 and IAP-274 each provide 3×3 MIMO and three combined, diplexed external antenna connectors, providing 600 Mbps and 1.3 Gbps speeds as well. Naturally you'll need a mobile device that is 802.11ac compliant to hit those gigabit speeds on the 5 GHz band.

According to Aruba, the new access points are purpose-built to survive the harshest outdoor environments, such as exposure to extremely high and low temperatures (-40 to +150 degrees Fahrenheit), and persistent moisture. They are also fully sealed to keep out airborne contaminants.

The new Aruba 270 series is also simple to install, speeding up the deployment time. The units include single-screw mounting brackets, integrated connector and antenna enclosure, and dual PoE+ and AC powering options in a single unit.

"The Aruba 270 Series is an ideal and cost-efficient gigabit Wi-Fi solution for public facing enterprises, like large hospitality, retail and campuses, looking for high-performance, small cell deployments to service large coverage areas," said Husnain Bajwa, Distinguished Engineer, Aruba Networks. "The result is an improved mobile broadband experience without having to wait for licensed small cells to mature."

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