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Now Available: AP420 Indoor High Density Access Point

It gives me great pleasure to announce the availability of the AP420, our indoor 802.11ac Wave 2 4x4 access point. The AP420’s Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) features mean it’s perfectly suited for the highest client density deployments. This access point easily serves crowded rooms full of smartphones, laptops and tablets to give users an excellent mobile connectivity experience. The AP420 also includes a 3rd radio for dedicated WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System) and RF optimization scanning. This 3rd radio will constantly defend your airspace against prolific man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks responsible for stolen passwords, credit cards and other sensitive information, as well as optimize radio power, channel, and other RF parameters for the optimal Wi-Fi connectivity experience. Common deployment scenarios include tradeshow floors, auditoriums, large conference rooms, and shopping malls. 

Key Specifications

  • 802.11ac Wave 2
  • 4x4 MU-MIMO
  • Third 2x2 MIMO dual band radio for dedicated WIPS and RF scanning
  • Up to 800 Mbps for 2.4GHz
  • Up to 1.7 Gbps for 5GHz
  • 20/40/80/80+80 MHz channel width support
  • 10 internal antennas
  • 2x GbE ports (link aggregation supported in Wi-Fi Cloud)
  • PoE+ power required

The AP420 can be managed with either a Firebox®, via the Gateway Wireless Controller, or with WatchGuard’s Wi-Fi Cloud. With the Wi-Fi Cloud, you get an expanded set of features including:

  • WIPS powered with patented technology for hack-free hotspots
  • Engaging guest Wi-Fi experiences
  • Powerful location-based analytics
  • Ability to scale from 1 to unlimited access points with no infrastructure

The latest version of the Wi-Fi Cloud (Manage 8.3) includes new Wi-Fi performance features that improve the quality of experience for users connected to WatchGuard’s access points, new application visibility and firewall policy control, plus an integration with Google for Education to ensure that only devices registered in the school’s Google domain can connect to the school Wi-Fi network and enforce network access policies. This unique integration brings even more control, usability and ease of use to school districts.

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