802.11ac is the current buzz of the networking world.  As with most emerging network technologies, speed is typically the first feature that catches the eye.  The 802.11ac standard brings blazing fast wireless connectivity of more than 1GB (1.3 gigabits per second).  That speed competes with wired connectivity on the level of a workstation allowing high-bandwidth applications like HD video or large file transfers. 

As we saw with 802.11n, sometimes early adoption for the sake of speed can mean that you need to replace the product when the full spec is approved.  Fortunately for customers of Aruba Networks, the announcement that Aruba’s AP-220 series, the first purpose-built enterprise access points for the 802.11ac standard, has passed the Wi-Fi Alliance certification, assures the customers that the product works according to the released specification.  The Wi-Fi Alliance® Wi-Fi CERTIFIEDTM ac program aims to ensure interoperability of 802.11ac-certified devices across vendors.

Now, that speed is available today. We’re not talking back room labs on beta firmware, but real usable Gigabit Wi-Fi that is currently shipping from Aruba.  And it gets better.

Aruba Networks also released an added feature called ClientMatch™.  This feature better balances AP load by helping steer sticky clients to the AP with which they should be communicating.  Traditionally the decision on which AP a client communicates with has been left to the client, typically – the first access point encountered.  Clients could decide to stay connected with a slower, weaker, or congested AP long after a better option was available.  ClientMatch™ encourages this client to roam on to the proper access point where increased speed and capacity can be more effectively delivered. This is a big deal!

As with all new products, more features get introduced as the technology evolves and needs are determined.  Stay tuned to hear more about Aruba’s upcoming features, since we know they lead the pack with innovation you can count on.

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