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Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Reviewed by Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti



Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

For the small business, having both flexibility and availability with the Internet connectivity is key. Whether it’s being able to provide the workers with a powerful, fast connection for their work, or give customers instant access as a value-add, having options allows the business to turn their Internet connection into a point of differentiation. The Aruba Instant On AP11D is built around that flexibility.

The first benefit that comes with the device is that it is remarkably easy to set up, and it won’t even require an IT specialist, which is particularly useful for small retailers and other businesses that might not have an IT team at all. Out of the box, a 10-minute setup process can be completed through the easy-to-follow Aruba Instant On Mobile app, and the instructions are clear and user-friendly for the layperson to follow along.

In fact, the AP11D even makes it easy to set up multiple devices within the business, and make sure that the whole environment is blanketed with a single, seamless Internet connection. For businesses with multiple rooms (medical offices, for example), being able to quickly install a device in every room allows for a mesh network to maximise the strength and reliability of the signal at all times and can be set up by one with minimal networking knowledge.

If there should be issues with the set-up or management of the device, Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support. This provides business owners with peace of mind that they can access technical support should they need to at any time.

Another area where the AP11D is highly flexible in deployment and setup is in the way it can be powered. Both power adaptors and Power over Ethernet (PoE) options are available, which benefits the business by allowing them to place devices where is best suited, and that it allows the AP11D to run not only the Internet connectivity, but also phone and security cameras. With four Gigabit Ethernet ports (three in, one out), each AP11D in the business has the potential to be a hub for all its digital and IP-based technologies.

The AP11D’s flexibility also allows it to be a useful customer engagement and marketing resource. The business can, through the AP11D, set up a host of features for guest access to the network. These include a custom login page, guest passwords, accessibility times, bandwidth rates and limits. Using this, a business can provide its customers with wireless services and deepen the engagement, while also collecting all-important customer data and deepening the branding of the company.

Finally, as far as flexibility is concerned, the AP11D’s form factor is a benefit to businesses too. Designed around the concept of a device for every room, the AP11D can be easily mounted on walls, or placed in desks – wherever the most convenient location might be for users to connect to Wi-Fi. In public spaces devices can be easily secured, and the AP11D is discrete in colour and tone so that the devices won’t stand out aesthetically in any environment.

Once installed, the power and efficiency of the AP11D comes to the fore. With its ability to connect up to 50 devices at once, a busy small business can provide Internet services to both staff and guests. Furthermore, the speeds on offer are fast; the AP11D has been rated to broadcast wireless speeds of up to 1167 Mbps.

The Aruba Instant On AP11D provides the Internet connectivity that modern small businesses need, backed by sheer flexibility and plenty of high-end features, while at the same time being available at an efficient price point.

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