Aruba Networks Inc. is targeting the multi-tenant marketplace with its new AP-93H indoor 802.11n access point (AP) that provides secure wired and wireless network connectivity. The AP-93H attaches to any standard network wall plate, offering wired and wireless network access as fast as 300 Mbps.

There already is one customer. “We will use the AP-93H for most if not all of our future residential deployments,” notes Ben Price, director/Residential Information Systems at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which has deployed Aruba 802.11n APs throughout its residential properties on and off campus. “(It) can be installed in minutes and has the intelligence to prioritize traffic based on a user’s identity, device, application and location.”

Starting at $495 per unit, the AP-93H features a 2×2 MIMO, 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz dual-band radio with integrated antennas, four 10/100BASE-T Ethernet switch ports, an additional pass-through RJ-45 Ethernet port and a 10/100/1000BASE-T uplink port. The device can operate from a standard 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) source or a 12-volt DC power supply.

Other features include:

>> A Gigabit Ethernet uplink – Required to support the growing use of multimedia in multi-tenant environments.
>> Ease of installation – Installed on existing network wall plates and leveraging the existing CAT 5 infrastructure to lower the cost and complexity of in-room Wi-Fi deployments.
>> Unified wired and wireless access – Four Ethernet ports provide the option of passing through an additional Ethernet port to provide unified access and firewall-based policy control for in-room wired and wireless devices.
>> Ease of management and maintenance – The AP-93H is a thin on-ramp to Aruba’s MOVE architecture, providing centralized management, context-aware network access, consistent wired and wireless policy control, RF intelligence and security for mobile users.

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