Client density hurdles

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Two part question and looking way down the road...

With .11ac dropping support for the 2.4 Ghz band, do you see clients doing the same and moving from what they used to be (2.4 primarily) to dual band now and back to .11ac (5 Ghz only) anytime for whatever reasons (battery life, smaller form factor devices, etc.)?

With that,

Do you guys envision jumping in on the software based radios (ala AirTight and/or Meru)? For more flexibility in extremely high density deployments and giving customers easier options to utilize say 2 APs with one using both radios @ 5 Ghz and one with one 2.5 and one 5 Ghz?

This could be even more beneficial when/IF the FCC completes the process to open up the extra 195 MHz of frequency space they proposed in the 5 Ghz band, no?
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I don't see the industry leaving 2.4 GHz behind any time soon. Although it won't be the subject of more development, it's proven technology that does "just work" in many cases, if not with the maximum performance you'd get out of moving to 5 GHz with 802.11ac. Dual-band chips are pretty cheap, and adding 5 GHz support versus being 2.4 GHz only is not very expensive.

As far as your second question, as I'm sure we've noted somewhere else today, Aerohive does not comment on future products. What I can say is that we have worked hard to build high-quality radios, and we use band-pass filters on our radio interfaces to give better performance. Even with a dual-band chip, there's a filter that rejects out-of-band interference and lowers the noise floor. Every dB counts (and if you don't believe me, go ask your boss for a "1 dB raise" and see how quickly he or she says no). We even have pictures on-line here: