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AirTight Networks develops industry’s first 802.11ac access point with IoT wireless intrusion prevention system

Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled AirTight C-65 Wi-Fi Access Point/Sensor makes the 802.11ac protocol transition easy and affordable as connected devices proliferate.

AirTight Networks develops industry’s first 802.11ac access point with IoT wireless intrusion prevention system

AirTight Networks has launched an 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point (AP) / sensor that eliminates current and emerging wireless security threats and removes the tradeoffs in functionality often associated with upgrading to 802.11ac. The first-to-market AirTight C-65 Wi-Fi Access Point/Sensor is uniquely ready for the Internet of Things (IoT), featuring dual concurrent 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band radios supporting 802.11a/n/ac, 802.11 b/g/n, two spatial streams, and data rates of up to 866 Mbps and 300 Mbps, respectively. The device operates on AC power or can be powered using the prevalent IEEE 802.3af PoE standard without any loss of 802.11ac performance unlike some 802.11ac products, which require expensive infrastructure upgrades to PoE+ (802.3at) for full functionality.

The AirTight C-65 Wi-Fi Access Point/Sensor combines IoT-ready 802.11ac Wi-Fi and WIPS technology, with no compromises on security, simplicity and scalability. Wireless intrusion prevention technology allows for fully automated 24/7 protection, with zero false positive/false negative operation, requiring no IT involvement for mitigation of wireless threats or compliance reporting. 

The IDC reports an estimated 28 billion connected devices by 2020, AirTight is helping network professionals prepare by scaling up network monitoring capabilities on its 802.11ac platform. It now has the ability to monitor 2000 active wireless devices per AP/sensor, which is critical as industries of all kinds move into realms of wider connectivity.

Equally important is the capacity of AirTight's cloud management system to scale to hundreds of thousands of devices being monitored across multiple geographies and customers. This scalability is coupled with AirTight's patented 802.11ac wireless intrusion prevention (WIPS) technology, which allows for fully-automated 24X7 protection, with zero false positive / false negative operation, requiring no IT involvement for mitigation of wireless threats or compliance reporting.

"Awareness around IoT continues to grow rapidly, even though full IoT reality is expected to come to fruition over the next several years. Still, with new network infrastructure getting deployed today having an expected lifespan of five to seven years, it is reasonable to expect it will be able to handle the increased demands of IoT-related apps and traditional network access concurrently," said Nolan Greene, Research Analyst with IDC's Network Infrastructure group. "AirTight's 802.11ac Wi-Fi and WIPS platform has the potential to meet forthcoming IoT challenges not just to address the explosion of IoT endpoints and applications, but also corresponding threats. This makes AirTight a viable contender for enterprises evaluating IoT-capable cloud Wi-Fi solutions."

Unique in the industry, the C-65 and AirTight Cloud has no feature based licensing - WIPS, mesh, guest Wi-Fi, social login, and visitor analytics applications are all built-in with no additional fees.

The C-65 Wi-Fi Access Point/Sensor is offered at a competitive price points for a dual-radio, dual-stream 802.11ac AP, with an additional (and exclusive to AirTight Networks) full OpEx pricing option, in which hardware is included in the annual operating cost.

The flexible purchasing options are especially attractive to mid-market enterprise customers, where the trend is to expense the IT investment rather than to treat is a capital expenditure. This also creates new opportunities for AirTight's channel partners as they look to transition to managed service provider models and to build recurring revenues.

The C-65 is part of AirTight's controller-less architecture with a hierarchical management console, capable of managing thousands of geographically distributed APs and thus ideal for large distributed deployments. The AirTight Cloud delivers real-time network alerts, troubleshooting, bug fixes, enhancements and diagnostics over the web, meaning no manual software updates to download or missing security patches to worry about.

The C-65 has a US list price of $495, with cloud subscriptions that can be purchased in 1-year, 3-year and 5-year increments. The two-stream C-65 AP is a new addition to AirTight's 802.11ac product family, which also includes the three-stream C-75 AP and wall jack W-68 AP.

For more information, visit the AirTight 802.11ac Access Points product page

C-65 Access Point datasheet

AirTight Networks homepage

 

Author: Garth Miller  Published: 30 Sep 2014


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