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ADTRAN Expands Bluesocket AP Suite
December 10, 2012 - News
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ADTRAN today announced the expansion of its suite of high-performance Bluesocket Access Points (APs). The new APs allow the company's vWLAN solution — developed to offer companies in education, health care, hospitality, government and retail a scalable wireless solution — to be optimized for more applications across enterprise vertical markets and service providers. ADTRAN reports that the portfolio of APs supports three new spatial stream capable devices across indoor and outdoor environments utilizing the latest cloud-based WLAN technology.

The new Bluesocket 1900 series of intelligent access points joins the existing 1800 series to offer simplified, secure deployments with “plug-and-play" capability that requires no manual configuration. A built-in stateful firewall enforces security policies at the edge, ensuring that unwanted traffic never enters the network and authorized traffic is immediately prioritized, the company said. The Bluesocket access points are designed to support a wide array of indoor and outdoor deployment scenarios. Intended to accommodate different business needs and budgets, the Bluesocket 1900 series access points combine advanced security capabilities designed to offer highly reliable operation.

Bluesocket 1900 series access points operate with ADTRAN Bluesocket’s vWLAN solution which, rather than centralizing user control and network management on a physical device, leverages network virtualization and centralizing control on a virtual machine. By eliminating the physical controller, vWLAN allows an enterprise to operate multiple WLANs as one unified network with private cloud control. For service providers, vWLAN can be operated in a public cloud offering in which the user control and network management is hosted on behalf of an enterprise.

According to ADTRAN, their suite of Bluesocket access points further extends this functionality by offering enterprises higher performance and greater flexibility to support multiple deployment scenarios and budgets.

“ADTRAN is continuously evolving and advancing the Bluesocket platform to deliver first-class wireless solutions for next-generation networks," said Mads Lillelund, general manager for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Division. “The Bluesocket portfolio of access points will allow users to build a wireless network that optimizes coverage, capacity and throughput, accelerate support for emerging mobile devices and networking trends while at the same time meeting very specific business needs, goals and budget."

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