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Aruba’s Indoor Access Points Get Wi-Fi 6 Certification

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By Juan Pedro Tomás

Aruba announced that its full family of high-performance indoor Wi-Fi 6 access points – including its Aruba 500 Series, 510 Series, 530 Series and 550 Series APs – have achieved Wi-Fi 6 certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Aruba is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

This new certification makes this APs the industry’s first full family of Wi-Fi 6 indoor APs to be certified based on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi 6 testbed for products, Aruba said.

The Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification is designed to distinguish Wi-Fi 6 products and networks that meet the highest standards for security, the company noted.

“Wi-Fi Certified 6 brings new possibilities that harness the power of Wi-Fi to connect users in more locations and with advanced security,” said senior vice president of Marketing at Wi-Fi Alliance, Kevin Robinson. “Wi-Fi Certified 6 further promotes interoperability and adherence to industry standards to ensure end users receive a superior Wi-Fi experience with their devices.”

The Aruba 500, 510, 530 and 550 Series Wi-Fi 6 APs, combined with Aruba AI-powered software features, deliver high performance connectivity in extremely dense mobile and IoT deployments, the company said.

They are also WPA3 and Enhanced Open-certified and have the ability to simultaneously serve multiple clients and types of traffic. Aruba highlighted that the APs deliver up to four times the network performance of 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) APs.

Aruba added that its Wi-Fi 6 APs also have the ability to support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee protocols – which allows organizations to connect with 74 per cent of today’s IoT devices.

“A key tenet of our two decades-long leadership in Wi-Fi is the vital importance of interoperability and security,” said vice president of wireless standards and strategy at Aruba, Chuck Lukaszewski. “As such, we are extremely proud to be among the first vendors to receive Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 certification across our portfolio of high performance Wi-Fi 6 APs. With rising device densities, surging bandwidth needs and sophisticated new security threats, it will be increasingly important for users to select devices that are certified to meet the market’s most exacting standards. As we continue to invest in Wi-Fi 6 development to support outdoor, hospitality and remote deployments, customers will be able to take even greater advantage of the emerging, innovative, next-generation use cases that Wi-Fi 6 is enabling.”

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