We live in a wireless world. Each of us carries two, three, and even four Wi-Fi-enable devices. The heavy load of BYOD and application volume is crushing conventional wireless networks, which is why we developed an architecture to deliver wired-like performance over Wi-Fi. When we deliver rich-media streaming wirelessly, in super dense user environments, satisfaction rises. Wireless isn’t a “nice-to-have” anymore. Done right, it’s a strategic IT infrastructure advantage that fuels your organization. And Xirrus does it right.
BYOD is about performance. Users have come to expect gigabit speeds from their devices and applications. Wireless needs to be designed to deliver a wired-like user experience, sending users back 17 years when speeds where in the single megabits is unacceptable.
Conventional access points fail to deliver BYOD because they are limited to two fixed radios (2.4GHz and 5GHz), which kills device performance due to Wi-Fi being a shared medium and omni-directional antennas cause channel conflict. What’s more, the fixed configuration of these access points forces you to rip-and-replace the network when upgrading to a newer technology like 802.11ac, causing unnecessary costs, time, and frustration.
There is a solution. Our Array-based platform is vastly superior, making BYOD a reality. It delivers the wired-like performance, reliability, and security needed to make BYOD a reality. Wireless Arrays integrate a wireless controller and 2, 4, 8, 12, or 16 modular access points with high-gain directional antennas into a single device. This architecture provides 4X the coverage and up to 8X the speeds over conventional offerings. That means you use less Arrays, cabling, switching, and general infrastructure expenditure during implementation.
Xirrus designed the Wireless Array envisioning the day of dense deployments brought about by BYOD.
Application Control also identifies network traffic at the application level providing greater granularity in efficiently provisioning network resources. Critical applications need appropriate prioritization while recreational applications such as social media and gaming may need to be throttled or blocked. The ability to control traffic at the network edge before it impacts the core network surpasses the scalability of more traditional centralized solutions.
Xirrus has the right solution for the right scenario. Small to large. Simple to complex. Xirrus is proven.
Multiple radios – Xirrus Arrays support from 2 to 16 radios in a single device compared to only 1 or 2 in most other enterprise APs. With up 8X the number of radios, Xirrus Arrays support up to 8X the wireless throughput. Case in point, an eight modular AP Array can replace four or more traditional two-radio APs. Instead of deploying 300% more APs, why not deploy a few more Arrays and use the savings to improve other aspects of the network.
Directional antennas – Xirrus Arrays use directional antennas that transmit and receive signal strength 2X further than Omni-directional antennas on traditional APs. The ability to “talk” and “listen” at greater distances provides gives you better performance for all devices.
Configurable Wi-Fi band – Rather than having one 2.4GHz and one 5GHz radio per access device, the Wireless Array allows maximum utilization of Wi-Fi bandwidth by using multi-state radios. All radios in the Xirrus Array can be moved from 2.4GHz to 5GHz to fully utilize the additional spectrum available in the 5GHz space. More 5GHz means better performance.
Optimized roaming – Xirrus has developed specialized roaming assist functionality into each Wireless Array specifically to support iPads. Roaming is coordinated between multiple Arrays in a wireless network to move iPads from Array to Array at optimized times instead of waiting for the iPad to make the roaming decision.