Xirrus announces industry’s ‘lowest-cost’ 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point

Software programmable XR-620 access point expands Xirrus 802.11ac solutions by providing an economical option that delivers 30% more 11ac performance at 30% lower cost.
Xirrus XR-630 AP

Xirrus XR-630 AP

Xirrus introduced a new 802.11ac wireless solution at a price point which it claims brings the latest high-performance Wi-Fi standard to the mainstream today (11 March 2014).

While new generation technologies often command premium prices, as is the case with most of today’s enterprise 802.11ac solutions, the Xirrus XR-620 access point delivers the performance promise of 11ac at an 11n price.

The access point can be purchased at a low, entry-level cost as an 802.11n AP, then later software-upgraded to 802.11ac, allowing customers to spread Capex over time.

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The new XR-620 AP addresses a wide range of wireless use cases where both cost and performance are important considerations. It provides flexibility through software-programmable radios that enable 2.4GHz or 5GHz operation at 802.11n and 802.11ac speeds on both radios.

Dual radio 11ac operation enables the XR-620 AP to deliver 30% greater 11ac performance compared with 11ac access points on the market today that are limited to only one 802.11ac radio due to their fixed configuration, the company stated.

“The XR-620 provides the ideal combination of performance and price,” said Shane Moulton, CEO of Optix Media, a managed service provider that uses Xirrus wireless.

XR-620 highlights:

  • Dual-11ac radios
  • 1.7Gbps total bandwidth (867Mbps per radio)
  • Software programmable radios (any band, any Wi-Fi mode)
  • Software upgradable from 11n to 11ac
  • Dual GigE uplinks
  • Integrated Application Control (1200+ apps)
  • Cloud or on-premise management

Together with the XR-630 AP and our modular XR Arrays, we have a compelling proposition to differentiate:

  • Lowest cost 11ac – 35% lower than nearest competitor
  • Best performance – 70% more Wi-Fi bandwidth per 11ac AP with software programmable radios, plus ACExpress to optimize 11ac
  • Highest scalability – broadest range of solutions from APs to Arrays, 2×2 and 3×3, right-sized to match every application, plus no central controller
  • Investment protection – hardware upgradable solution with the modular XR Arrays requiring no forklift upgrades to new technology

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