802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi products are beginning to become more commonplace on the market and there's plenty of reason for businesses to be excited by the idea of having WiFi APs that can pump out over 2Gbps to users, with promises of even higher speeds to come. However, there's one big problem: getting enough bandwidth (and PoE+ power) to those Wave 2 APs that they actually have full functionality.
This is exactly what NETGEAR looks to address with their new ProSAFE M4200 switches. Rather than being general-purpose devices, these are the first multigigabit switches, with support for 1G/2.5G/5G speeds, built from the ground up to act as the local backbone for high-speed 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi implementation. Robust accompanying PoE+ support further ensures these devices have all the power they need as well.
NETGEAR are enthusiastic early adopters of SDN open standards, so that a NETGEAR M4200 can work seamlessly alongside a wide variety of Wave 2 vendors. With auto iSCSI and OpenFlow 1.3 support, the M4200 should be compatible with virtually any Wave 2 device currently on the market, and more to come.
The NETGEAR M4200 series is an exciting new innovation in open-standards networking, and signals a shift towards cooperative hardware implementation in high-speed environments. Download the M4200 datasheet for more product details, or contact Hummingbird Networks to discuss your best options for effective 802.11ac Wave 2 rollouts.