Xirrus launches first Wi-Fi platform with full 802.11ac Wave 2 migration capability

Amsterdam, 7 July 2014 - Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, is taking the next step towards Next Generation wireless architectures with the launch of a series of multiradio 802.11ac Wave 1 solutions. They can be fully upgraded to 802.11ac Wave 2. The Xirrus XR Arrays offer a modular upgrade route to future wireless standards

Amsterdam, 7 July 2014 - Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, is taking the next step towards Next Generation wireless architectures with the launch of a series of multiradio 802.11ac Wave 1 solutions. They can be fully upgraded to 802.11ac Wave 2. The Xirrus XR Arrays offer a modular upgrade route to future wireless standards. They provide investment protection and unique functionality that maximizes the efficiency and performance of the new 802.11ac WiFi standard.

Nearly half of all delivered WiFi devices are expected to support the 802.11ac standard by the end of 2014. Planning the migration to 802.11ac is challenging and costly for many organizations. This challenge becomes even more complex due to the fact that 802.11ac WiFi is being released in several successive phases. Wave 1 802.11ac products have been available with speeds in excess of 1 Gbps since 2013, and Wave 2 solutions with more than 3 Gbps are coming onto the market in 2015.

The rapidly developing Wi-Fi technology roadmap can make it difficult for CIOs and IT departments to decide when to start with the transition of their wireless networks. In the Gartner report 'Enterprises Should Optimize the Timing of 802.11ac Adoption' author Tim Zimmerman says: "Determine whether your company really needs Wave 1 802.11ac, because a new radio module is required for the transfer to Wave 2. This is especially important because we expect Wave 2 to become available within 24 months of the Wave 1 debut (in the first quarter of 2016). " 1 The modular Xirrus solution makes it easier to respond to the requirements of today without the problems of planning technology transitions in the future.

Xirrus offers the following:

  • Wave 1 802.11ac Wireless Arrays support two to sixteen radios. Xirrus Wave 1 Arrays are available immediately;
  • to upgrade to Wave 2 802.11ac thanks to modular Array interfaces. Both an individual radio and all radios in an Array can be upgraded. Wave 2 modules can now be booked pre-order for delivery in 2015;
  • integrated optimization with Xirrus ACExpress ™, which relieves the true potential of 802.11ac by segmenting WiFi client types (802.11g, 11n, 11ac Wave 1 / Wave 2 etc.) in order to maximize performance.

For companies, educational institutions, hospitals, conference centers and other organizations, it is very important to offer an optimal user experience. Due to the increasing demand for an excellent Wi-Fi network for mobile devices, these organizations are forced in the direction of 802.11ac. A 'rip & replace' approach can be very costly in this context, especially because 802.11ac Wave 2 will become available within the foreseeable future. To help organizations with this transition, Xirrus is now offering its 802.11ac Wave 1 APs and Arrays for the same price as the 802.11n. That makes the decision easier. Looking to the future, a customer can now or later purchase 802.11ac Wave 2 modules and migrate their network without new investments in the host Array platform.

"We have created a route that allows organizations to build a single wireless network with complete flexibility in choosing transition at any time, " said Shane Buckley, CEO of Xirrus. "Organizations can already deploy 802.11ac compatible wireless networks without the risk of missing the benefits of Wave 2 or being stuck to dated technology during the life cycle of five years or more. Our customer-centric approach to 802.11ac migration has contributed to the placement in the 'Visionair' quadrant of Gartner's recently published 'Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure' report. "2
[1] Gartner, 'Enterprises Should Optimize the Timing of 802.11ac Adoption', by Tim Zimmerman, September 16, 2013.

[2] Gartner, 'Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure', by Tim Zimmerman, Andrew Lerner and Bill Menezes, 26 June 2014.

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is a leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. The company's solutions perform under the toughest conditions and offer consistent performance with superior coverage and security. The suite of Wi-Fi solutions from Xirrus arrays, access points, cloud services and wired switches - ensures seamless connectivity and common management of the entire network. Xirrus offers companies that depend on a wireless network a vital, strategic infrastructure for their critical applications. Xirrus is active worldwide. The head office is located in Thousand Oaks, USA. More information is available at www.xirrus.com and via Twitter: @Xirrus.