Future AP purchase?

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Our public school system deployment has about 147 AP330's deployed across ten buildings with HMOL.  I need to purchase a few more APs for the short-term, but I am looking at a project to deploy another 200 APs in two new buildings.  If it were not for the new project, I would just buy more AP330's.  But if the new project comes about, I am tossed between the AP250 and the AP550.  Can someone explain why I should chose one over the other?  Thanks
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Posted 2 years ago

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Jonas Dekkers

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Don't buy ap330's anymore. All the access points from Aerohive are working together.

AP550 is 4x4:4 and the AP250 is 3x3:3. So if you have the budget for the ap550 go for the ap550 otherwise the ap250 is a very good choise.
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I like Jonas' answer. The AP250 is probably the closest to a direct replacement to the AP330, but if you can afford the additional expense of the AP550 then it is likely to future-proof you even further into the future. 

In my mind, it boils down to the current and expected client device capabilities. If you have or expect to be moving to predominantly 802.11ac clients, especially laptops capable of one stream then the AP550 may be worth consideration.
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first try to define what the rerquirements of clients/applications for the AP are. then try to make an estimation of simultaneously connected clients and the needed throughput. 

probably an AP230 or even an AP130 could be sufficient.
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Thanks, for the replies.  If all I was buying were a few spares, they would definitely be AP330's because that is all I currently have.  The new project would be to replace the existing Cisco wireless at the high school and middle school.  We have about 2,500 laptops and at least that many personal devices between the two schools.  But Mike hit the nail on the head and that is future proofing my network.  So AP130 and 230 are out.  If the budget can take it, I'll go with the AP550.  Thanks.
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mr bee

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The AP330 has been announced as end of sale. This for your information. Good luck with the AP550's :-)