Can you tell them apart? The AirStation Pro 802.11n Gigabit Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point is the one on the left.
All you office tech types, sit up and listen. Buffalo Technology, or Buffalo for short, is launching two new wireless access points – the AirStation Pro 802.11n Gigabit Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point and the AirStation Pro 802.11n Gigabit Concurrent Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point. What a mouthful, eh?
Buffalo says that professionals can use these wireless access points to set up “robust and secure” dual-band wireless networks, and, further, that they can make good use of these features:
- Integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) – when combined with a PoE switch, these devices can run on an Ethernet cable, thus making them a cinch to install and place – for instance, high up on walls or ceilings where no wall sockets may be available.
- Plenum-rated chassis – combined with their multiple mounting options, this feature gives users far more flexibility as to where they can place these devices – above ceiling tiles, for example.
- Multi-SSID/VLAN tagging – administrators who’re after more security can easily craft multiple SSIDs, each with a different security passphrase. Each SSID can also be assigned a VLAN tag in order to specify the level of network access of each SSID.
- Removable antennas – not happy with these devices’ standard antennas? Users can quickly swap them out for high gain antennas, which offer longer range and wireless bridging. Both these devices use industry-standard RP-SMA connectors that are also compatible with third-party solutions.
- 802.1X RADIUS Authentication support – this boosts security by setting up enterprise-grade access restrictions. Authentication is moved to a backend RADIUS server, which means that only authorized and specified wireless devices can connect to the wireless network.
So now that you know what these wireless access points share, you’re probably wondering what differentiates them. Well, the AirStation Pro 802.11n Gigabit Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point works on one of two bands – 2.4GHz or 5GHz – whereas the AirStation Pro 802.11n Gigabit Concurrent Dual Band PoE Wireless Access Point can function on both bands at the same time. Not bad, eh?
If you’re interested in these latest Buffalo wireless access points, stay stuck regarding availability and pricing – we’ll keep you posted.