Huawei on Tuesday announced the launch of Agile Distributed Wi-Fi solution designed to improve Wi-Fi signal coverage across many rooms.
The new Wi-Fi solution is also assisting enterprise IT heads to simplify the management of multiple network access points (APs) in enterprises such as hotels, hospitals, universities and warehouses.
“With greater demand for mobile connectivity, Huawei is helping enterprises increase the range, reliability and performance of their wireless network infrastructure to drive operational efficiency and enhance consumer engagement,” said Jane Fu, director of WLAN Product, Switch & Enterprise Communications Product Line, Huawei.
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||442 mm x 312 mm x 43.6 mm|
|Interfaces||24 x GE + 4 x GE Combo|
|Forwarding Capability||4 Gbit/s|
|Maximum Number of Access Users||4,096|
|Number of Managed RRUs||24 (48 through a switch)|
Over the past five years, the number of terminals connected to Wi-Fi networks has increased 10-fold, with the amount of data traffic growing by four times. 70 percent of data traffic flow is now indoors. Weak signal coverage is a challenge as AP signals attenuate when penetrating through walls resulting in coverage holes.
Huawei says it has transformed the traditional “AC (assess control) + Fit AP” architecture by adopting an architecture design that divides the “Fit AP” layer into two parts and establishes a three-layer distributed architecture — “AC + Central AP + Remote Radio Units (RRUs)”.
The Chinese IT company said central AP processes services, configurations, and roaming in a unified fashion to improve network performance and reduce the number of management nodes. The distributed architecture deploys RRUs in rooms through cables, ensuring full coverage without coverage holes.
Huawei said this architecture increases user capacity per room from 32 to 80 users, and improves available bandwidth per user from 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps. The RRUs are only responsible for user access and data forwarding. The performance of the central AP is up to 20 percent higher than traditional settled APs.
Huawei’s Agile Distributed Wi-Fi Solution enables a single AP to cover as many as 48 rooms, reducing the number of configuration nodes and the configuration workload by more than 90 percent. Using the solution to cover 10,000 rooms requires the configuration of only 200 nodes.