Routers with 802.11ac ?

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Do I have to buy AP or routers like BR100/200 will support 802.11ac Technology ? and if I have to buy AP which does routers support PoE ?
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Irek Romaniuk

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Posted 3 years ago

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BJ, Champ

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The BR series do not currently contain 802.11ac radios, they only support 2.4 GHz b/g/n. For 802.11ac support, look at the AP130, AP230, AP370, AP390, or AP1130.
http://www.aerohive.com/products/overview/access-points.html
I'm not exactly sure how to answer your PoE question, whether you're looking for devices that run off PoE, or supply PoE. The BR series do not run off PoE, rather they are supplied DC power from a "brick." The BR200(WP) series does supply PoE on two gig ports while the BR100 do not have any PoE ports. All the APs will run off supplied PoE. 
 
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BJ
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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Everything BJ mentioned is correct. The BR-200WP is the branch router that fits your needs.  Also, please understand that 802.11ac is backwards compatible with legacy technologies. Therefore, any 802.11ac clients will still be able to connect to the 802.11n radios in the BR200WP branch router.
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Irek Romaniuk

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So I can connect i.e. AP230 or AP370 with 802.11ac to BR200-WP (without using external power for AP), right ?
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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The BR-200WP has two PoE enabled ports. (15.4W per port) -  You can connect two 802.11ac access points.  I would recommend either the AP230 or AP130 802.11ac access points.


You can also connect an AP370 as well, but if you want to use 80 MHz channels on the AP370, you need to use PoE+/802.3ac (32W) power -  You can configure a single port for 802.3ac on the BR200WP.
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Irek Romaniuk

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Maybe AP230 can work in router mode so I don't need BR at all ? 
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David Coleman, Official Rep

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No.  There is no router mode for the AP230 access points and most likely never will be.  Some of our older 802.11n APs such as the AP330 have a router mode.
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If your concern is cost, you can go for BR200-WP + AP130 (but this will only support 2 x AP's connected to BR200-WP. If more switches, best is to consider a POE switch. SR2024P would be ideal, and you can tur the router function on, but note that this is software based routing and not recommended if higher load/feature requirements (which could be the case with more access points). I havent used the router function so may be someone who has give some feedback about it.