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Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Reviewed by Cate Bacon

IT Administrator


The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

The modern office environment needs to be built around flexibility. Where once people worked at designated desks and used desktop machines hardwired into the network, they are now instead equipped with laptops that allow them to work in meeting rooms, at co-workers’ desks, and anywhere else in the office that they might need to.

Enabling this way of work means that offices needs a robust network of wireless, rather than wired Internet connections, and the Aruba Instant On AP11D is a well-designed, modern, and future-proof option for these environments. This small, discrete device is easy to install anywhere in the office, becoming a focal point for the WiFi connection that can blanket the entire space. What’s more, the ability to string AP11D devices together to provide a more reliable and fast mesh network than you would get from WiFi extenders means the AP11D is an excellent choice for an all-of-office deployment.

Because the AP11D is discrete and has a small form factor that can be deployed anywhere, the office can also take advantage of these devices to manage the security cameras, by placing a device close to the office entrance. The four Gigabit Ethernet ports (one in, three out), provide the physical connection that is generally necessary for Power over Ethernet (PoE) in security systems. Likewise, the modern office phone systems are IP based, and that too can be managed from the ethernet connection of a AP11D.

AP11Ds were designed around the idea of a device for every room and space, and can be easily mounted of walls or ceilings, or placed on desks to centralise the connection point for the office. Additional devices can be placed in meeting rooms to ensure a fast and reliable connection, even when the doors are closed.

Setup for a network of devices like this is effortless, and you’ll be able to do it without even needing to involve the IT team. Out of the box, a 10-minute setup process can be completed through the Aruba Instant On Mobile app, and the instructions are clear and user-friendly for the layperson to follow along.

Once installed, the entire office will be able to connect to the AP11D, with its capacity for up to 50 devices at once. For offices that have invested in a fast Internet connection, the AP11D delivers too; it has been rated to broadcast wireless speeds of up to 1,167 Mbps.

For power users within the office, the low latency connection provided by the AP11D will be another benefit. The ability to stream data and rich media in near-real time without delays is essential for many modern AI and automation applications. Upgrading your existing network of these access points will allow you to take full advantage of these next-generation technologies.

Finally, this is a highly scalable solution. AP11Ds are cost-effective, and as the office and business grows, it’s easy to add additional devices to the existing network without disrupting what is already there. With the changing ways of working meaning that the number of people in an office on any different day can vary wildly, the AP11D is one of the most efficient and affordable ways to add capacity without paying a premium that may go unused during quieter periods.

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working. Not only will the wiring be greatly reduced across the office space, but your people will be able to work the way they need to and however they want without being distracted with an unreliable Internet connection.

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