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Xirrus Introduces Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi to Meet Demands of IoT With Industry’s Highest Density Access Points
Posted: Tue May 12, 2015 02:44:10 PM


The new Xirrus XD4 is the industry’s first access point that incorporates four high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi radios, addressing the challenge of exploding wireless usage and delivering the fastest Wi-Fi on the planet

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – May 12, 2015 – Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi, the highest density Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) that deliver the fastest Wi-Fi available in the industry. Designed to address the Internet of Things (IoT), Xirrus XD4 is the only 4-radio all 802.11ac AP available in the market, supports four times more users, reduces the amount of equipment deployed by 75 percent and decreases total cost of ownership by up to 50 percent versus competing products.

Xtreme Density (XD) Wi-Fi – Built for IoT

Gartner estimates 4.9 billion Internet of Things units installed by 2015, increasing to 25 billion by 2020.This exceptional growth in the number of devices, and more importantly the increased volume of application traffic, has already severely stressed Wi-Fi networks. With Xirrus XD, networks can now easily scale to provide the connectivity required to deliver an exceptional user experience in the age of IoT.

While discussing the impact of mobile device proliferation in the May 19, 2014 research report, “Mobile Device Proliferation Is Forcing Network Leaders to Redesign Enterprise Wireless LANs” Gartner Analysts Christian Canales and Bjarne Munch state “The shift from wired to wireless connectivity means that, instead of assuming one computing device per user, network planners must now plan for at least three mobile devices and, possibly, four to five per user. Network leaders should design WLANs (with) quadruple access point density.”

Four 802.11ac Radios Takes Performance to the Xtreme

Built to address the changing landscape of Wi-Fi, the new XD4 is the only AP on the planet that integrates four 802.11ac capable radios and optimizes performance with automated RF configuration. The XD platform, paired with Xirrus’ award-winning XMS cloud management system, delivers groundbreaking performance and simplicity. The platform automatically chooses the best available bands and power level without IT intervention and customizes client connectivity for the best performance based on the capability of each device, delivering a true zero-touch experience.

6x Performance Boost – Best ROI: Introducing TurboXpress

In addition, the company announced today that it is shipping TurboXpress on all Xirrus XD access points. TurboXpress allows administrators to configure every radio on the AP for high-speed 802.11ac operation, with the click of a mouse, providing an instant Wi-Fi performance boost of up to 6x. The TurboXpress feature means that the Xirrus XD AP is the only solution in the industry that can add wireless capacity instantaneously without adding APs. In addition, TurboXpress provides unprecedented investment protection by enabling the ability to effortlessly address the ever-changing Wi-Fi landscape.

Fast Just Got Faster

Streamline IT operations with the Xirrus Management System (XMS), hosted either in the cloud or on-premise. XD Wi-Fi also integrates a set of powerful network services to optimize performance and ensure enterprise-grade wireless reliability including:

  • acXpress: Separate high-speed 802.11ac from low-speed Wi-Fi clients to optimize performance for all clients and ensure the best user experience.
  • Application Control: Ensure predictable Wi-Fi traffic performance and enforce policies for more than 1400 business-critical applications through integrated application visibility and control directly on the AP.

“Ensuring our students have the fastest Wi-Fi access is no longer a nice to have, it is a requirement. Learning happens everywhere on our campus and we need to have the fastest and best coverage available to meet the demands of our students, faculty and staff,” says Dee Benson, Director of Technology at Guthrie Public Schools. “We were excited about the new Xirrus XD4 AP and are very impressed with the powerful services and ease of management it delivers compared to other solutions. TurboXpress gives us the flexibility to grow our Wi-Fi network over time, ensuring we achieve our educational objectives well into the future.”

Eliminate The Controller – Improve Reliability

With most traditional wireless solutions, a central controller oversees the operation and maintenance of tens to hundreds of APs at once. In these networks, a single controller failure will impact the operation of all connected APs and their users. However, as businesses add capacity to their network, they also need to add more controllers at significant expense and complexity. XD Wi-Fi integrates the controller function into every AP, reducing system costs and improving overall system reliability.

“With different devices and applications competing for bandwidth on wireless networks, one AP is not enough to maintain acceptable performance,” says Bruce Miller, Vice President of product marketing. “XD solves this problem by integrating more 802.11ac radios per AP than any solution in the market, and eliminating the central controller from the network. This combination establishes the Xirrus XD as a solution that not only performs better, but actually reduces implementation and ongoing operational costs – a win-win for everyone.”

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