The new DWL-8610AP Dual Band AC1750 access point marks D-Link’s bet on taking WiFi AC technology to the business sector, an important move that allows any small or large business to take advantage of this new technology.
The DWL-8610AP allows for simultaneous dual-band connectivity at 2.4 and 5 GHz at 450 Mbps on the first band an 1300 Mbps on the second for a combined speed of 1750 Mbps.
Internally, it has 3 on each of these MIMO 3T3R configuration bands. We should also highlight the technology this access point has that’s inherent to Wi-Fi AC, such as Beamforming, which directs the signal directly to each device and increases its coverage and performance; as well as BandSteering, which lets devices compatible with its 5 GHz band (all ACs and many Wireless Ns) connect automatically, which gives them a lower signal saturation.
As far as connectivity goes, the access point has two Gigabit Ethernet ports and can work alone as a solitary or unified AP, as well as a WDS bridge or universal relay.
For web administrators, it allows for configuration through CLI, SNMP or with an intuitive web interface that allows access to functions such as Wireless LAN segmentation, bandwidth limitation, VLAN support, captive portal or internal RADIUS server. On the other hand the DWL-8610 can also be managed in a centralized manner through a Wireless Switch (like the D-Link DWS 3160 and DWS-4026 families) or a Wireless controller like the D-Link DWC-1000.
Finally, to facilitate its installation, the DWL-8610AP can be charged over the Power Over Ethernet network cable (PoE 802.3at) and can be placed on ceilings or walls, and the metallic chassis has UL043 Plenum Rated certification.
Antonio Navarro, director of marketing and sales of D-Link Spain, remarked:
"In the era of smartphones, tablets and laptops, the network of any company has to deal with more traffic and devices than ever. Wireless 802.11ac offers a series of provisions as a response to these challenges, and this new access point affords the best option for scaling the network to a new wireless standard. According to the consulting company IDC, in 2013 around 250,000 business-grade access points were sold, a figure expected to reach 1.6 million in 2014. After the approval this past February of the 802.11ac standard, it is most expected that the manufacturers of mobile devices and laptop computers will adopt Wi-Fi AC as the standard and D-Link is proud to lead this technological change in homes as well as businesses."