Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Xirrus Wifi access point combines four into one to meet IoT needs

Steve Rogerson
May 20, 2015
California-based Xirrus has built a high-density Wifi access point to meet growing IoT demands. The XD4 is claimed to be the industry’s first access point (AP) that incorporates four high-speed 802.11ac Wifi radios with automated RF configuration.
The platform, paired with the company’s XMS cloud management system, automatically chooses the best available bands and power level without IT intervention and customises client connectivity for the best performance based on the capability of each device, delivering a zero-touch experience.
In addition, the company announced it was 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 Wifi performance boost of up to six times.
The TurboXpress feature means the Xirrus XD AP can add wireless capacity instantaneously without adding APs. In addition, it provides investment protection by enabling the ability to address the ever-changing Wifi landscape.
IT operations can be streamlined with the Xirrus XMS management system, hosted either in the cloud or on-premise. XD Wifi also integrates a set of network services to optimise performance and ensure enterprise-grade wireless reliability including:
ACXpress: Separate high-speed 802.11ac from low-speed Wifi clients to optimise performance for all clients and ensure the best user experience; and
Application control: Ensure predictable Wifi 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 Wifi access is no longer a nice to have, it is a requirement,” said Dee Benson, director of technology at Guthrie Public Schools. “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. 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 Wifi network over time, ensuring we achieve our educational objectives well into the future.”
With most traditional wireless set-ups, 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 Wifi 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,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing at Xirrus. “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 on-going operational costs – a win-win for everyone.”