News -Aruba Brings Wi-Fi to Wall Plates

By Sean Michael Kerner

January 12, 2012

802.11n with GbE backhaul in a wallplate is now a reality.

The typical Wi-Fi deployment today involves access points deployed in hallways or rooms as standalone boxes. As the move
towards pervasive wireless access grows, so too have the demands on wireless infrastructure. That's where Aruba Networks (NASDAQ:ARUN) is aiming to fill a
gap with a new wall mountable access point.

The AP-93H is a 2x2 MIMO 802.11n access point that can be installed on a standard wall mount for wired Ethernet access. The AP-93H has a gigabit uplink port for high-speed connectivity to the wired network for access. The access point is a dual band radio operating in either the 2.4 Ghz or the 5 Ghz ranges. On the software side the device includes the Linux-powered Aruba OS

Among the target markets for the AP-93H are hotel and dorm room type deployments.

"Over the past few years, the number of mobile devices have really exploded," Manish Rai, head of Industry Solutions for Aruba, told "I think we have
reached a tipping point where it makes sense to increase the capacity and move to an in-room deployment for better coverage."

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