HPE launches Wi-Fi 7 access points

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 29 April, 2024

HPE launches Wi-Fi 7 access points

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba Networks has launched a new line of Wi-Fi 7 access points that promise up to 30% more capacity for wireless traffic than rival products.

The new high-capacity Wi-Fi 7 access points are also designed to strengthen network security and improve location-based services for enterprise AI, Internet of Things (IoT), location and security applications.

Designed to exceed the requirements of the Wi-Fi 7 standard, the access points use HPE’s patented ultra tri-band hardware technology to take full advantage of the 5 and 6 GHz bands and eliminate wasteful contention between the two bands.

The access points are designed to be managed by HPE Aruba Networking Central, eliminating the need for an IoT network overlay and providing a secure connectivity platform for IoT devices which are increasingly being deployed at the network edge.

HPE has integrated wireless security capabilities including policy-based access control and Layer 7 application firewalls, as well as features such as analytics for improved IoT visibility and dynamic segmentation to enable role-based access for users and IoT devices.

For enhanced IoT support, the access points offer dual dedicated Bluetooth and Zigbee radios for high-density IoT environments.

HPE Aruba Networking Wireless CTO Stuart Strickland said the product builds on more than two decades of Wi-Fi innovation. “HPE Aruba Networking continues our commitment to delivering customers the reliable, secure, high-performance connectivity they need to meet their business objectives, which can range from immersive fan experiences to automated manufacturing processes,” he said.

“Our Wi-Fi 7 APs go far beyond improvements in performance and efficiency to become an intelligent IoT hub, securing the network, distributing the workload, characterising the environment, and providing a foundation for business and operational analytics.”

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