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Pakedge’s new gigabit wireless access point (AP), the WX-1 is an 802.11ac, features a 3x3 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radio configuration for up to five times faster connection speed and four times more bandwidth than N-based APs.
Designed to guarantee powerful wireless installations in a variety of high-performance applications, the WX-1 is ideal for integrators who want to diversify their businesses. The WX-1 was purpose designed for large, challenging jobs where wireless reliability is a priority, but it is also commercial ready. Plenum rated for fire safety compliance, the WX-1 can also be used in hospitals, schools, and MDUs. It also supports RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) servers, which centralize authentication, authorization, and account management for enhanced security. The WX also supports the more secure WPA Enterprise and WPA2 Enterprise signal encryption for those who use RADIUS servers.
Also designed for bandwidth intensive multimedia traffic, the WX-1 boasts intelligent features such as TruStream and Pakedge Zones, which are able to recognize and prioritize latency sensitive voice and video traffic for seamless performance. The WX-1 also maintains high throughputs at long ranges through a combination of factors, including six internal antennas based on a Pakedge proprietary design, high transmit power radios, and SectorMaxx and Fluxx technologies.
The WX-1 also offers mounting options and form factors intended to simplify specifying and installation. The adaptability of the wall/ceiling surface mount and the in-ceiling/in-wall mounting trays conveniently allows integrators to stock only one SKU that can be upgraded as needed. The WX-1 also includes t-bar brackets for drop-tile ceilings and there is even an outdoor version. Because the WX-1 is PoE+ powered, the placement of the AP is flexible and not contingent on whether or not an AC power outlet is available.
The WX-1 also incorporates a variety of additional security features to ensure safe wireless networking. These include special encryption algorithms and secure encryption. It also enables the provision for two guest networks (one for the 2.4 GHz band, and one for the 5 GHz band). The guest network setup and management can be performed through the WX-1’s management menus, as well as through the Pakedge C36 wireless controller, which both enable automatic detection and blocking of unauthorized devices. When used with RADIUS servers for commercial application, the enterprise WPA/WPA2 features enhance security.
The WX-1 series is eligible for Pakedge’s Custom Engineering program that allows resellers and installers to create and lock in their own, customized configurations for plug-and-play installation. The custom engineering program saves dealers time and money by reducing installation errors and speeding up deployments.
Pakedge will debut the WX-1 and the rest of its AV specific network innovations at CEDIA 2015 booth 6414.