Juniper Expands WLAN Portfolio
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Juniper Networks is expanding its WLAN portfolio with the new WLA532 access point.
The WLA532 is a three-stream 802.11n WLAN access point that is targeted at high-density environments that handle time-sensitive media application flows.
"We see this as the premium access point in our indoor portfolio," said Steve Troyer, vice president, wireless product management at Juniper Networks.
The WLAN 532 is an expansion of a portfolio of wireless solutions that had originally been developed by Trapeze Networks. Juniper jumped into the WLAN market a year ago with the acquisition of Wi-Fi vendor Trapeze for $152 million.
Troyer explained to InternetNews.com that the WLAN532 is a 3x3 MIMO access point. He noted that there are three spatial streams with each stream delivering 150 megabits per second maximum throughput. On a per-radio basis, a three-stream AP offers 450 Mbps, and the WLAN532 is a two-radio AP, providing 900 Mbps of throughput.
Juniper is leveraging silicon from Wi-Fi chip vendor Atheros as part of the solution. Atheros was recently acquired by Qualcomm for $3.1 billion. Other vendors include HP, which also has an Atheros chipset based 900 Mbps WLAN access point.