- 802.11ac products, even in the first generation, are awesome and will perform better** than last generation 802.11n products***.
- A properly designed and maintained 802.11n-based network is able to cater for the vast majority of needs for years to come.
- You need 3 APs? Buy 3 APs. Works the same with 17, 59 or any number you want. All the pricing, licenses and support are applied linearly.
- No limiting factors on size, growth or network performance. The network grows numbers and performance as you add APs. There is no need to replace any equipment to support your new 802.11ac APs. There is also no fear of older equipment being the limiting factor and the bottleneck for your new AP performance. The network will only get better as you add APs.
- No need for consolidation of software code. Take, for example, a retailer. To simplify, imagine a retailer catering for three distinctly different environments. The backend office building, the logistics, and the retail shops. All of them differ in importance and business requirements. For example, you don't want any downtime for your logistics as even minimal downtime can result in hundreds, if not thousands, in lost revenue. You have a setup, you know the code and you keep all the APs of that particular code. Period. At the same time in the retail shops you gain advantage of a certain feature, being available in newer code. And in the offices, you run our latest code because it's awesome (including custom application signatures). You can do all that running HiveManager. And we are only scratching the surface here as far as cooperative control capabilities, but that is the topic for another blog or rather a series of blogs.
- Our 802.11ac APs run on the latest code. You don’t have to upgrade the rest of the network for cooperative control to work in between the devices. APs, even on different codes, will exchange control traffic, so your dynamic channelization and power, statefull firewall, load-balancing, etc., will continue to work.
- AP370/390 802.11ac will work if connected to normal PoE PSE devices. While you will get most of the performance when connected on PoE+ PSE, you will still get considerably better performance in comparison to last generation 802.11n devices. BTW, all of our switches support PoE+ and they are extremely popular as they are configured and managed by HiveManager using one network policy (yeah, for both switches and APs. No more double-checking VLANs, user policy attributes, etc. Set and forget!).
* Editor's note: For the sake of argument, the author is assuming equal capable stations when comparing 802.11ac and 802.11n products.
** Editor's note: Nothing in this world is absolute (yes, I am aware of the oxymoron I just made but bare with me). Introducing new products, chipsets, and technology is also related to new bugs (in software or hardware) and certain unexpected behavior that may affect your network. Most customers will not be affected, but if you are running a mission critical network, please make sure you test and verify full compatibility before rolling out new products on your production network.
***Editor's note: I understand and appreciate the need for comparing vendors. You know, pointing out the “we are good and they are bad facts.” I’ve decided on tackling the problem differently by only focusing on our strengths and leaving the other part of the equation to yourselves to figure out.