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New WatchGuard Access Point Brings Secure, High-Performance Wi-Fi Outdoors
Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:25:06 AM
 

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With a rugged IP67-rated enclosure, WatchGuard’s AP322 integrates six antennas with 3x3 MIMO to deliver broad, fast, secure and reliable Wi-Fi coverage in the harshest outdoor environments

SEATTLE – April 20, 2017 – WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today announced the AP322, a new high-performance cloud-ready outdoor access point (AP). Sporting a ruggedized IP67 enclosure with 3x3 MIMO and 802.11ac support, it extends the benefits of WatchGuard's Wi-Fi Cloud to the raw outdoors and is perfect for stadiums, schools, open-air cafes and malls, hotel pool areas and more. In any environment, organizations can now leverage the simplicity and scalability of WatchGuard APs combined with a powerful cloud-based security solution.

“Wi-Fi Cloud delivers the most comprehensive set of features for the price, including a patented Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) solution, marketing tools and location-based analytics,” said Ryan Orsi, director of secure Wi-Fi solutions at WatchGuard Technologies. “With the addition of AP322, we’re helping customers extend that security and performance to outdoor environments. Now there’s a complete, cost-effective package for organizations looking to simplify the deployment, management and security of their Wi-Fi networks inside or out.”

The WatchGuard AP322 delivers dual concurrent 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band radios, with data rates up to 1.3 Gbps and 450 Mbps, respectively. This high-speed connection delivers faster downloads and more responsive Internet performance. With three spatial streams per radio (3x3 MIMO), it also offers greater bandwidth and performance for large user groups simultaneously accessing the service. Two gigabit Ethernet ports allow an additional AP to be added for extended service, and support for PoE+ offers easy installation and flexibility.

“One of the biggest challenges when offering Wi-Fi to customers is the complexity of mixing vendor gear and management platforms – it can become a mashup of technology. WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud eliminates that complexity and delivers a centralized, cloud-based solution with all the analytical bells and whistles needed to securely manage high-performance Wi-Fi,” said William Brown, managing partner, AlamoTG, LLC. “The AP322 is yet another customer-focused offering from WatchGuard that further streamlines the Wi-Fi delivery process and extends powerful features into outdoor environments. We’ve already begun rolling these new APs out to clients and the initial performance testing has been fantastic.”

WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud is a secure, scalable, and feature-rich Wi-Fi management platform. When deployed with WatchGuard APs it delivers powerful WIPS security, in-depth guest and airspace analytics, and invaluable marketing and guest engagement tools. Architected from the ground up to focus on ease of deployment and administration, Wi-Fi Cloud simplifies even the most complex aspects of Wi-Fi management, making fast, secure, and intelligent Wi-Fi accessible to organizations of all types and sizes.

 
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