802.11ac Wave2 is coming!

Still on the fence about whether to deploy 802.11ac Wave 1 or wait for Wave 2? Don’t wait any longer — Wave 2 is here. Now you can choose from both technologies to rightsize your wireless network, with Aruba Networks full 802.11ac portfolio for the range of deployment requirements you have. Now with Wave 2 (and its MU-MIMO capability), you’re covered even in the highest density areas.

We've got a call in to our distributor to see how soon we can get our hands on some of the new bad boys.  As some of you may know, we do a lot of high-density wireless work for clients at tradeshows and conferences.  We have close to 300 AP-224 & AP-225 access points that we use for our clients.  The AP224/225 access points have been awesome and we have no plans on retiring them any time soon.  

The Aruba 320 series supports data rates up to 1,733 Mbps on the 5 GHz radio (with 4SS and 80 MHz channels) while simultaneously supporting up to 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz radio. (However, the recommended 2.4 GHz configuration is for 20 MHz channels delivering 217 Mbps).

The 320 series adds a 4th spatial stream that can boost the single client performance by 33%. However, we don’t realistically expect to see this boost until 4-stream client devices enter the market, which likely won’t be until 2016. The majority of clients will likely have a max of 1-, 2- or 3 streams. With the support of 4x4:3 streams for MU-MIMO, the 320 series will maximize the data throughput of those 1- or 2-stream clients in concert with MU-MIMO, delivering a switch-like experience to the wireless network.