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Published on July 23rd, 2015 | by Craig Herrett


4ipnet Introduces WHG201, the Smallest and Most Affordable WLAN Controller with Enterprise-grade User Access Control

4ipnet has announced the launch of its latest wireless LAN controller, the WHG201. Able to manage up to 10 4ipnet Wi-Fi indoor access points, the WHG201 is ideal for distributed site deployments and SMBs that require the same degree of wireless security and performance as large enterprises, but without hefty price tag. The WHG201 is also easy to deploy and has streamlined management functionality, minimizing the total cost of ownership and catering to smaller organizations with limited IT resources.

With a newly designed setup wizard, the WHG201’s initial configuration can be easily completed even by those without a profound knowledge of wireless networking. For example, in addition to the automatic discovery and provisioning of access points, administrators are asked to provide an estimated quantity of users for the Wi-Fi network and whether or not bandwidth control per user is required. Based on the results, the system will then automatically generate optimized AP settings and user access policies. Finally, the administrator can separately configure the Ethernet port in single-WAN or dual-WAN operation, catering to deployment scenarios that need functions such as WAN port failover and load balancing.

On the performance end, the EAP705 comes with a two-stream 11ac design supporting up to 300 and 867 Mbps data rates in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, respectively. Features such as Multicast to Unicast conversion, Layer 2 Firewall, and Optimal Client Filtering ensure a smooth and uninterrupted multimedia experience, minimizing the number of packet retries while increasing overall network performance. With potentially more than 10 devices in a single hotel room, the EAP705 guarantees that all devices can simultaneously use bandwidth-hungry applications without any delays or interruptions.

Once the network is up and running, the WHG201’s user access control and policy enforcement guarantees secure, reliable, and high performance Wi-Fi connectivity. Unauthorized users are prevented from accessing sensitive network resources, while individual user bandwidths are limited so that a single user does not congest the entire network. With the multitude of mobile devices in use today, many SMBs now realize that a stable Wi-Fi network cannot be maintained without proper access control functionality.

Finally, for large-scale distributed site and chain store deployments, multiple WHG201 and their respective access points can be centrally monitored by 4ipnet’s upcoming Network Management System, the NMS100. Featuring multi-tenancy and a large storage capacity for remotely storing device configurations and system logs, the NMS100 helps administrators quickly detect and troubleshoot network issues at any of the locations. The WHG201 allows each site to independently perform user access control and monitoring with a minimal cost per site, striking a perfect balance between cost and performance.

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