Aerohive’s Atom boldly goes where no Wi-Fi has gone before

The opening to “Star Trek: The Original Series” featured Captain Kirk proclaiming that space was the “Final Frontier” and that the Enterprise was going to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

In networking, Wi-Fi is really the final frontier, as it lets us explore strange new apps and seek out new tweets regardless of where we are. Untethered from cables, we are as free to roam around as the Enterprise was in space. There should be no question that good Wi-Fi is as important to us today as dilithium crystals were to the Enterprise.

But what happens when Wi-Fi isn’t available? Or just as bad, when the connectivity is almost there but not quite strong enough to be useful. I recall being in a hotel where I couldn’t connect to Wi-Fi at the desk in the room, but I could connect if I sat in the hallway by the entry door, so I wound up sitting there all night trying to get work done.  It’s easy to say that Wi-Fi should be everywhere, but sometimes it’s hard to achieve that because of interference or cabling problems.

Aerohive’s Atom AP30 makes extending Wi-Fi easy

To help with this, Aerohive recently announced its Atom AP30, a pluggable enterprise class 802.11 ac access point (AP) with integrated Bluetooth, designed to make it easy to extend Wi-Fi everywhere. (Note: Aerohive is a client of ZK Research.) Atom is a fraction of the size of a traditional AP, and when plugged into any power outlet, it will automatically connect to the existing Wi-Fi network and auto-provision itself — making it literally plug and play. The AP connects to the Aerohive network via Ethernet backhaul, if available, or by wireless meshing.

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