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- Advantages of OFDMA
This capability allows Aruba's APs to handle multiple Wi-Fi 6 capable clients on each channel simultaneously, regardless of device or traffic type. Channel utilization is optimized by handling each transaction via smaller sub-carriers or resource units (RUs), which means that clients are sharing a channel and not competing for airtime and bandwidth.
- Aruba Air Slice for Extended OFDMA Assurance
APs in controller-less mode (Instant) can provide SLA-grade performance by allocating RUs to specific traffic types. By combining Aruba's Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) and Layer 7 deep packet inspection (DPI) to identify user roles and applications, the APs will dynamically allocate the bandwidth needed. Non-Wi-Fi 6 clients can also benefit. Air Slice for APs in controller mode will be supported in a future software release. Learn more in the technical brief.
- Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)
Similar to downlink MU-MIMO in Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac Wave 2), the 500H Series can simultaneously connect clients using downlink - and now - uplink spatial streams. The added benefit is the ability to multiply the number of clients that can now send traffic, thus optimizing client-to-AP spatial stream diversity.
- Wi-Fi 6 and MU-MIMO aware client optimization
Aruba's patented AI-powered ClientMatch technology eliminates sticky client issues by placing Wi-Fi 6 capable devices on the best available AP. Session metrics are used to steer mobile devices to the best AP based on available bandwidth, types of applications being used and traffic type - even as users roam.
- Advanced Cellular Coexistence (ACC)
This feature uses built-in filtering to automatically minimize the impact of interference from cellular networks, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and commercial small cell or femtocell equipment.
- Intelligent Power Monitoring (IPM)
Aruba APs continuously monitor and report hardware energy consumption. They can also be configured to enable or disable capabilities based on available PoE power - ideal when wired switches have exhausted their power budget.
- Green AP energy efficiency
Aruba Wi-Fi 6 APs can use analytics from Aruba Central to automatically transition in and out of a sleep mode based on client density.
- IoT Platform Capabilities
Like all Aruba Wi-Fi 6 APs, the 500H Series includes an integrated Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4 radio (for Zigbee support) to simplify deploying and managing IoT-based location services, asset tracking services, security solutions and IoT sensors. This allows organizations to leverage the 500H Series as an IoT platform, which eliminates the need for an overlay infrastructure and additional IT resources.
- Target Wake Time (TWT)
Ideal for IoTs that communicate infrequently, TWT establishes a schedule for when clients need to communicate with an AP. This helps improve client power savings and reduces airtime contention with other clients.
- Advanced IoT Coexistence (AIC)
This features uses built-in filtering to automatically minimize the impact of interference from IoT wireless radios like Bluetooth and Zigbee.
- Aruba Secure Infrastructure
The Aruba 500H Series includes components of Aruba's 360 Secure Fabric to help protect user authentication and wireless traffic.
- WPA3 and Enhanced Open
Support for stronger encryption and authentication is provided via the latest version of WPA for enterprise protected networks. Enhanced Open offers seamless new protection for users connecting to open networks where each session is automatically encrypted to protect user passwords and data on guest networks.
MPSK enables simpler passkey management for WPA2 devices - should the Wi-Fi password on one device or device type change, no additional changes are needed for other devices. This requires ClearPass Policy Manager.
- VPN Tunnels
In Remote AP (RAP) and IAP-VPN deployments, the Aruba 500H Series can be used to establish a secure SSL/IPSec VPN tunnel to a Mobility Controller that is acting as a VPN concentrator.
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
For enhanced device assurance, all Aruba APs have an installed TPM for secure storage of credentials, keys, and boot code.
- Simple and Secure Access
To simplify policy enforcement, the Aruba 500H Series uses Aruba's Policy Enforcement Rirewall (PEF) to encapsulate all traffic from the AP to the mobility controller (or gateway) for end-to-end encryption and inspection. Policies are applied based on user role, device type, applications, and location. This reduces the manual configuration of SSIDs, VLANs and ACLs. PEF also serves as the underlying technology for Aruba Dynamic Segmentation.
- High-Density Connectivity
Each 500H Series AP provides connectivity for a maximum of 256 associated clients per radio (512 in total). In real-world scenarios, the maximum recommended client density is dependent on environmental conditions.
- Versatile Installation Options
The APs can be deployed as a wall-mount or, for remote teleworker environments, they can be converted to a desk-mount by using an optional accessory stand.
- Flexible Operation and Management
A unique feature of Aruba APs is the ability to operate in either controller-less (Instant) or controller-based mode.
These economical Wi-Fi 6 access points provide high-performance connectivity for any organization experiencing growing mobile, cloud and IoT requirements. With a wireless aggregate data rate of up 1.5 Gbps and gigabit local wired ports, they deliver the range of connectivity options needed for venues such as hotels, residence halls, and remote offices alike.