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Aruba Brings 802.11ac WiFi Connectivity to the Outdoors

Aruba Brings 802.11ac WiFi Connectivity to the Outdoors | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Aruba Networks is expanding its outdoor WiFi portfolio with new 802.11ac access points that are easy to install and can withstand environmental issues such as rain, heat and high humidity. Aruba officials are rolling out the company's new 270 Series access points, which are designed to bring enterprise-grade wireless connectivity to such public  outdoor areas as educational and enterprise campuses, resorts and shopping malls. The 270 includes the AP-274, with external antennas, and the AP-275, with integrated antennas. It comes as the increasingly mobile workforce is demanding greater WiFi capabilities in highly dense, public areas, according to company officials. Right now, most offerings are based on the 802.11n WiFi standard, they said. Leveraging the 802.11ac standard—also called 5G WiFi—brings not only greater speed, but also greater network capacity, enabling more devices to be connected to the network without significant degradation of performance. "While others in the industry are launching two stream 802.11n products, we are leading the way by introducing the first and only enterprise-grade outdoor 802.11ac product on the market," Christian Gilby, director of product marketing at Aruba, said in a post on the company blog. "And we are doing it at price points that are below the competitors' inferior 802.11n products." - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/networking/aruba-brings-802.11ac-wifi-connectivity-to-the-outdoors.html#sthash.mcsDmKQO.dpuf

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Faster Wi-Fi speeds fuel equipment sales in second quarter, says Infonetics

Faster Wi-Fi speeds fuel equipment sales in second quarter, says Infonetics | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Fueled by the initial shipments of high-speed enterprise class 802.11ac access points, the enterprise Wi-Fi equipment market had a strong second quarter, increasing 12 percent sequentially to $1.12 billion, according to the latest stats from Infonetics Research.

"The major event in the wireless LAN space this quarter was initial shipments of enterprise class 802.11ac access points, marking the beginning of another technology transition," noted Matthias Machowinski, directing analyst for enterprise networks and video at Infonetics.

Overall, the global Wi-Fi equipment revenue increased 14 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, the research firm found.

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According to the latest figures from IDC, Cisco controlled 53.7 percent of the enterprise Wi-Fi equipment market, followed by Aruba with 11 percent market share and HP with 6 percent market share. Close behind in fourth place was Ruckus Wireless, which posted a healthy 37.3 percent year-over-year increase in revenue in the second quarter

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