SOURCE: Xirrus, Inc.

Xirrus, Inc.

August 25, 2015 08:25 ET

Xirrus Launches Industry's Fastest and Only All 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point

New Xtreme Density XD2 Is the Only Access Point to Deliver Two 11ac Radios and Double the Speed of Competitive Wave 2 Solutions

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 25, 2015) - Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced Xtreme Density 2 (XD2) Wi-Fi, delivering the most powerful and customizable 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi solution available. The new Xirrus XD2 access point (AP) includes two, Wave 2 radios which enables customers to deploy a Wi-Fi network that keeps up with the demand of their ever-changing environments, and guarantees the longest network lifespan possible. With today's announcement, Xirrus is also introducing Wave 2 upgrade modules for their XR family of APs.

As customers manage the exceptional growth in devices and stress on their Wi-Fi networks, they need to reconsider their designs. Future proofing for the inevitable evolution to Wave 2 should be a requirement for businesses as they design these upgrades. With the announcement of XD2, customers can now easily scale their Wi-Fi networks to provide the speed and performance required to deliver an exceptional user experience, as well as, protect their investment with the only customizable solution in the market.

"Coppell Independent School District -- a Texas based ISD renowned for deploying leading edge technology -- requires fast, flexible, reliable Wi-Fi to enable educators and staff to deliver new and collaborative teaching methods within our classrooms," said Dr. Sam Farsaii, chief technology officer, The Coppell Independent School District. "We have deployed customizable Xirrus Wi-Fi solutions that are upgradable to Wave 2 and are unmatched in speed and flexibility, assuring us that we are prepared for the network demands of today and in the years to come."

The new Xirrus XD2 is the first AP in the market to deliver all the benefits of Wave 2 including:

  • Two Wave 2 radios per AP, each capable of up to 3.47 Gbps (3x faster than Wave 1)
  • Double the speed of competitive Wave 2 solutions with 7 Gbps per AP
  • Four-stream multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) compared to three-stream MU-MIMO supported by other solutions
  • The only customizable AP with the ability to enable both radios to Wave 2 with the click of a mouse
  • Bluetooth low energy (BLE) enabled for location based services

"The ability to transmit to multiple users at the same time, also known as multi-user MIMO, is one of the key technology advancements in 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points and will enable significantly higher wireless throughput," said Matthias Machowinski, research director of enterprise networking at IHS. "By implementing a second 802.11ac radio, Xirrus' Wave 2 solution can serve twice the number of concurrent users per access point, lending itself well to addressing wireless network growth as clients migrate to Wave 2 over time."

Xirrus Wave 2 solutions integrate a set of powerful network services to optimize the user experience and ensure enterprise-grade wireless reliability, including:

  • Application Control: Integrated application visibility and control directly in each AP to prioritize business-critical applications and ensure predictable performance
  • TurboXpress: Software customizable radios that support all Wi-Fi modes and bands for instant adaptation to a changing Wi-Fi user base
  • acXpress: Automatically segment high-speed 11ac clients from low-speed clients to optimize performance for all

"Until the XD2, all Wave 2 Wi-Fi solutions introduced to the market to date have been effectively 'Wave 1.5' because they do not fully support the MU-MIMO standard," said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing, Xirrus. "Customers should steer clear of Wave 1.5 solutions and verify they are getting Wave 2 technology in order to deploy the fastest solution available and achieve the best return on their investment." 

To learn more about XD2 Wi-Fi and the XR Wave 2 Upgrade Module, visit: http://www.xirrus.com/xd2/.

Today, Xirrus also announced a family of low cost 802.11ac Access Points. Read more about this new family of solutions here: http://www.xirrus.com/x2/.

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About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance, extreme density wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions -- high density access points, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

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