When Wi-Fi Needs Change Quickly: Enter Aerohive Atom AP30

As an industry, we often like to think of enterprise-grade wireless networks as somewhat static. They are planned for, designed, installed, verified, and then maintained (firmware upgrades, policy changes, etc.). We forget that, in practice, this is not the case. For instance, capacity needs change, employees move offices, new departments are created, and countless other scenarios can arise.

The Aerohive Atom AP30 was designed with these situations in mind. It’s meant to be a versatile access point that brings solutions to networking problems that were a lot harder to solve in the past. I want to play out a few scenarios that are extremely common in offices, schools, and other environments.

Situation 1:

In “Big Corp,” the CEO has created a new department in charge of innovation. She sees some of their products becoming stagnant and wants to build an internal group to be thinking about the next big thing in their industry. She wants to keep them away from the day to day operations of the rest of the company. The Director of Operations recommends putting this group in an older part of the building that hasn’t been used in a while. The IT Director knows he’s going to have to provide reliable access to the rest of the network but was unaware this part of the building existed before. Upon arriving to check it out, he finds one existing data port that is at floor level. In years past, he would have to pull this cable up to the ceiling for an access point. He’d likely have to pull an additional cable to get the entire department covered. Because he has Aerohive Atom AP30, he plugs one of them into an electrical outlet and the data jack. He adds another Aerohive Atom AP30 via a mesh connection to get the entire department covered. The Ethernet port on Atom AP30 can be used for backhaul or for bridging Ethernet only devices on the network. This includes the network printer installed in this new department.

What used to require multiple interactions with moving cable is now a plug and play operation thanks to Aerohive Atom AP30.

Situation 2:

The innovation group at “Big Corp” has come up with a great idea to help their retail stores. Instead of focusing on giant retail stores going forward, they want to focus on building smaller stores across the country. They stores will focus on regional products and will only be open for a limited amount of time. The idea is to create excitement around when and where the stores will open. Employees would work with local merchants to stock it with local items along with some new products from “Big Corp.” These pop-up stores are a test bed for future locations and new products. Since these stores aren’t permanent, their IT Manager designs a “mobile POS network.” It’s powered by Aerohive’s XR200P with an LTE connection. To provide Wi-Fi for the POS system and guest access, they deploy a couple of Aerohive Atom AP30s throughout the complex. One of them is wired in while the other one meshes back to the network. Thanks to Aerohive’s SD WAN solution, the POS system can connect to the corporate office to provide reports and to grab new pricing information.

Situation 3:

Thanks to the success of the innovation group at Big Corp, they are well positioned going forward. The company is growing, and the demands of the WLAN network have never been higher. The IT department would usually be struggling to add capacity to the Wi-Fi network. Thanks to the Aerohive Atom AP30, it’s simple to add capacity. Each access point includes a 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz radio with access to all of Aerohive’s WLAN technology (L7 firewall, AVC, QoS, User Profiling, and VPN). With countless new employees starting daily, the IT department is staying ahead of the curve with capacity. The network is growing, and it’s getting smarter with each access point. One issue that the IT department had to solve was providing fast roaming access for its VoIP phones in its new departments. While they had sufficient coverage in the new employee areas, they noticed that they didn’t have adequate wireless coverage in the hallways. Adding an Aerohive Atom AP30 in the middle of the hallway allowed them to do it without needing to run a cable. They plugged it into an electrical outlet in the hallway, and it meshed to an existing Aerohive access point that has a wired backhaul interface.

In all of these situations, Aerohive Atom AP30 solved problems that had typically been difficult. Instead of either moving data cabling or adding additional wiring, Aerohive Atom AP30 is a useful access point that solves the problem in minutes. Even if you don’t have a need today, you might want to keep a few of the 3-packs on the shelf for when you need to add capacity or coverage quickly.

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Alexandra Gates is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Aerohive Networks, where she helps define market strategy and vision for the cloud and WLAN products. She is a CWNA with a comprehensive background in wireless technology, including capacity and management planning, RF design, network implementation, and general industry knowledge.

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