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Overview:

Get the fastest connections possible. We’re talking three-times faster performance for your 802.11n clients – not to mention your 802.11ac clients, which can go up to 1.3 Gbps.

  • Perfect in heavy traffic areas with many devices
  • 94% faster connections by eliminating sticky client behavior
  • Two dual-band radios support 802.11ac and 802.11n devices
  • Internal and external antenna options for deployment flexibility
  • Installs quickly and easily on any ceiling or wall

Multifunctional 220 series wireless APs deliver gigabit Wi-Fi performance to 802.11ac mobile devices. Integrated Aruba ClientMatch technology ensures consistently high performance across the WLAN infrastructure.

With a maximum data rate of 1.3 Gbps in the 5-GHz band and 600 Mbps in the 2.4-GHz band, 220 series APs are three-times faster than 802.11n APs and provide performance similar to a wired connection.

The 220 series APs include ClientMatch technology, which eliminates sticky clients by continuously gathering session performance metrics from mobile devices. This information is then used to steer each mobile device to the best AP and radio on the WLAN.

Proactive and deterministic, ClientMatch dynamically optimizes Wi-Fi client performance as users roam and RF conditions change. If a mobile device moves out of range of an AP or RF interference impedes performance, ClientMatch automatically steers it to a better AP.

With ClientMatch, 220 series APs load web pages faster, deliver video streams with improved quality and support high densities of mobile devices. An 802.11ac network without ClientMatch performs no different than an 802.11n WLAN.

The 220 series APs additionally support priority handling and policy enforcement for individual Microsoft Lync media on the same device, including encrypted videoconferencing, voice, chat and desktop sharing.

Choose your operating mode

The 220 series APs offer a choice of operating modes to meet your unique management and deployment requirements.

  • Controller-managed AP or Remote AP (RAP) running ArubaOS.
    When managed by Aruba Mobility Controllers, 220 series APs offer centralized configuration, data encryption, policy enforcement and network services, as well as distributed and centralized traffic forwarding.
  • Aruba Instant AP running InstantOS.
    In Aruba Instant mode, a single AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other Instant APs in the WLAN. Simply power-up one Instant AP, configure it over the air, and plug in the other APs – the entire process takes about five minutes.

For large installations across multiple sites, the Aruba Activate service significantly reduces deployment time by automating device provisioning, firmware upgrades, and inventory management. With Aruba Activate, Instant APs are factory-shipped to any site and configure themselves when powered up.

If WLAN and network requirements change, a built-in migration path allows 220 series Instant APs to become part of a WLAN that is centrally managed by a Mobility Controller.

Benefits:

Allows phased wired infrastructure upgrades

  • Adapts to available 802.3af power-over-Ethernet (PoE) instead of requiring customers to upgrade to 802.3at PoE+.

Delivers 1.9 Gbps aggregate throughput

  • ­EtherChannel link aggregation on two Gigabit Ethernet ports provides 1.9 Gbps aggregate throughput.

600 Mbps in the 2.4-GHz band

  • Supports up to 600 Mbps for TurboQAM-enabled mobile devices operating in the 2.4-GHz band – an industry first.

Best-in-class RF management

  • Integrated Adaptive Radio Management technology manages the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radio bands and ensures that APs stay clear of RF interference.

Spectrum analysis

  • Capable of part-time or dedicated air monitoring, the spectrum analyzer remotely scans the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz radio bands to identify sources of RF interference.

Wireless mesh

  • Wireless mesh connections are convenient where Ethernet drops are not available.

Security

  • Integrated wireless intrusion protection offers threat protection and mitigation and eliminates the need for separate RF sensors and security appliances.
  • With an OpenDNS service subscription, Aruba Instant APs delivers integrated web filtering, malware and botnet protection to every device connected to the WLAN.
  • Encrypted IPsec VPN tunnels securely connect remote users to corporate network resources.
  • Integrated Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for secure storage of credentials and keys.
  • SecureJack-capable for secure tunneling of wired Ethernet traffic

Aruba Instant Wi-Fi:

Solution Benefits

Fastest network

  • Up to 36%* faster than competition at high density.
  • Wi-Fi setup in minutes.
  • Airtime fairness allows more clients to move faster on the network.
  • Always-on scanning avoids performance-slowing interference.
  • Aruba Instant APs optimize Wi-Fi channel use and power to speed-up clients.

Most resilient network

  • 100% functional WLAN without a WAN link.
  • Integrated spectrum management without compromise to identify and self- heal around Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi interference.
  • Redundant ISP uplink and 3G/4G uplink option.

Most flexible architecture

  • Single architecture across headquarters, branch and home.
  • Local, cloud and on-premises management options.
  • AppRF technology performs deep packet inspection and web content filtering.
  • Internal RADIUS server on Aruba Instant AP, plus flexible external AAA options.
  • 100% investment protection to convert to controller-managed APs.

* Based on internal testing – IAP225 50 client downstream throughput testing.

The undisputable need for users to be productive on their mobile devices is driving organizations everywhere to look for ways to cost-effectively build and support Wi-Fi networks that deliver the best connectivity and user experience.

Controllerless Wi-Fi solutions are simple and affordable. They eliminate the need for additional controller hardware by distributing controller functionality such as authentication and configuration to the access points (AP).

However, not all controllerless solutions are equal. Some solutions may have some serious limitations if speed and reliability associated with business-grade networks are sacrificed in favor of simplicity. The result can be Wi-Fi disruptions, poor performance, and unhappy users.

Business-Grade Wi-Fi in an Instant

Aruba Instant is the only controllerless Wi-Fi solution that delivers superior Wi-Fi performance, business-grade security, resiliency and flexibility with the simplicity of zero-touch deployment. Aruba Instant is simple to setup and does not require network expertize to deploy and manage.

One dynamically-elected Instant AP automatically distributes the network configuration to other Instant APs in the network. Simply power-up one Instant AP, configure it over the air or in the cloud, and plug in the other APs – the entire process takes about five minutes.

The free local management interface, unique to Aruba Instant APs, eliminates dependency or required investment in external network management systems. Instant is a turnkey business-grade Wi-Fi solution that works right out of the box.

Even guest access to your network can be secure and uncomplicated for you and all yours visitors. Simply create a guest network (SSID) and determine who gets access, how and what they have access to.

Use the simple built-in captive portal or a customizable externally hosted portal for guests to easily login. And secure the network by authenticating users with built-in guest accounts or integrate with external authentication servers.

Enhance User Experience and Productivity

Aruba Instant's business-grade network performance delivers speeds up to 10-times faster than other solutions in environments with high densities of devices. The Aruba InstantOS comes with integrated Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) technology, which optimizes Wi-Fi behavior and automatically ensures that the Instant APs stay clear of RF interference, resulting in a more reliable, higherperforming wireless network.

It also integrates patented ClientMatch technology, which continuously gathers session performance metrics from mobile devices. These metrics are then used to intelligently steer individual clients to the best AP with the strongest Wi-Fi signal as users move.

The Aruba 802.11ac Wave 2 Instant APs deliver enhanced multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) enhanced ClientMatch. By grouping MU-MIMO capable devices on the same stream, the network can take advantage of the simultaneous transmissions to these devices, increasing its overall network capacity and efficiency. These Wave 2 Instant APs also have an integrated BLE Beacon to remotely manage battery-powered Aruba Beacons for advanced location and wayfinding applications.

Secure and Optimize your Network with Smart Application Handling

AppRF technology in Aruba Instant intelligently monitors application usage and web traffic to secure and optimize network performance.

Deep packet inspection (DPI) monitors mobile app usage and performance while optimizing bandwidth, priority and network paths in real time – even for apps that are encrypted or appear as web traffic. DPI is vital to understanding usage patterns that may require changes to network design and capacity.

AppRF provides insight into over 1,800 apps, including apps like GoToMeeting, Box, Skype for Business, SharePoint, and Salesforce.com. AppRF technology also provides web content filtering, enabling IT to control what users can browse on the Internet. AppRF redirects web URL requests to a cloud database that contains always-up-to-date content and reputation information about millions of web pages.

This information can be used to determine what types of web browsing and web apps are allowed on the network for different users or different times of day. You can even combine rules that allow Facebook traffic but block other social media or permit Netflix traffic only after business hours.

The AppRF cloud database is updated in real-time with new information about malicious web addresses. Aruba AppRF will catch new types of web attacks before they cause damage. Clients can be configured to use the AppRF web content filter even when they're not connected to an Aruba Instant network, which keeps clients safe no matter where they are.

Whether users are local or remote, AppRF web content filtering is instrumental in protecting the network against viruses and malware and gives IT precise control over which web sites users can access.

Avoid Business Disruptions due to Wi-Fi Failure

Aruba Instant is a resilient network with advanced businessgrade features that keep networks up and running, even if an Internet connection fails. Key capabilities include:

  • Network survivability to the last AP. The controller function of an individual Instant network transitions seamlessly from one AP to the next to the last AP with no disruption or administrator intervention.
  • Dual Ethernet uplinks leverage already-strong uplink resiliency options. Internet connections from two different ISPs can now plug into one Instant AP. This feature gives you the best-possible Internet availability.
  • Supports a variety of 3G/4G USB modems that slot into Aruba APs. Now you have the fastest available cellular uplink, either as a primary connection in hard-to-wire areas or as a backup for mission-critical applications.
  • Flexible image upgrade features let you download firmware now and reboot later during off hours. This lets you leave the office on time and upgrade when no one is using the network.
  • Spectrum load-balancing evens out the client load across channels in a dense deployment. Everyone gets faster access through more efficient use of the available wireless spectrum.

Choose a Network Management Option Right for your Business

Manage your Instant network locally, in the cloud or on premises. Instant access points include a free management interface that provides visibility into the network. All capabilities required to manage a single Instant network are available on the local interface.

Additionally, organizations also have a choice of acquiring the Aruba Central services platform, for network management hosted in the cloud or Aruba AirWave for an on-premises management system.

Aruba Central simplifies network operations by providing zero-touch setup, centralized management of multiple Aruba Instant networks and Mobility Access Switches, historical data reporting, PCI compliance monitoring, and troubleshooting for networks located around town or around the world.

Aruba AirWave is a powerful network management system that not only manages Aruba APs and switches, but also wired and wireless infrastructures from a wide range of thirdparty manufacturers.

Make a Smart Investment in a Cost-Effective Solution

Aruba Instant is one of the most cost-effective business-grade Wi-Fi solutions available to day.

  • Low capex
    With Aruba Instant, you get enterprise-grade features and controller functions embedded in the AP. We eliminate the hardware and maintenance expense of a separate controller, but keep all the performance and reliability advantages.
  • Low opex
    Aruba Instant Wi-Fi integrates everything into the AP – controller functions, security, ARM RF management, ClientMatch performance optimization, and AppRF to improve the use of bandwidth, priority and network paths. It's so easy to setup and manage that you won't need a dedicated wireless expert.
  • Investment protection
    Only Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company offers controllerless and controller-managed Wi-Fi with public cloud, private cloud and on-premises management. You can even mix and match between them. You're not locked into one architecture, so when your needs change, you keep 100% of your investment.

No hardware changes. All Aruba Instant APs can utilize VPNs to access centralized resources like guest access or authentication services from corporate headquarters.

At any time, Aruba Instant APs can easily convert to controllermanaged mode, enabling you to mix and match the right solution for the right location – headquarters, branch or home. No matter what you decide, your existing AP investments are fully protected.

The Aruba Instant product family consists of a wide range of APs with a variety of wireless, wired and WAN connectivity options.

Specifications:


IAP-224 and IAP-225 Specifications

AP-210 Series Specifications

  • AP-225 and IAP-225
    • 2.4-GHz (600 Mbps max) and 5-GHz (1.3 Gbps max) radios, each with 3×3 MIMO and three integrated omni-directional downtilt antennas
  • AP-224 and IAP-224
    • 2.4-GHz (600 Mbps max) and 5-GHz (1.3 Gbps max) radios, each with 3×3 MIMO and three combined, diplexed external antenna connectors

Wireless Radio Specifications

  • AP type: Indoor, dual radio, 5 GHz 802.11ac and 2.4 GHz 802.11n
    • In addition to 802.11n data rates, the 2.4-GHz radio supports 802.11ac data rates using 256-QAM modulation. This gives TurboQAM-enabled clients a 33% boost above the maximum supported data rate.
  • Software-configurable dual radio supports 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz
  • 3×3 MIMO with three spatial streams and up to 1.3 Gbps wireless data rate
  • Supported frequency band (country-specific restrictions apply):
    • 2.4000 GHz to 2.4835 GHz
    • 5.150 to 5.250 GHz
    • 5.250 to 5.350 GHz
    • 5.470 to 5.725 GHz
    • 5.725 to 5.850 GHz
  • Available channels: Dependent upon configured regulatory domain
  • Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) optimizes the use of available RF spectrum
  • Supported radio technologies:
    • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)
    • 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
    • 802.11n/ac: 3×3 MIMO with up to three spatial streams
  • Supported modulation types:
    • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
    • 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM
    • 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
  • Transmit power: Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm
  • Maximum (aggregate, conducted total) transmit power (limited by local regulatory requirements):
    • 2.4-GHz band: +23 dBm
    • 5-GHz bands: +23 dBm
  • Advanced cellular coexistence (ACC) feature to effectively deal with interference from cellular systems
  • Maximum ratio combining (MRC) for improved receiver performance
  • Cyclic delay diversity (CDD) for improved downlink RF performance
  • Short guard interval for 20-MHz, 40-MHz and 80-MHz channels
  • Space-time block coding (STBC) for increased range and improved reception
  • Low-density parity check (LDPC) for high-efficiency error correction and increased throughput
  • Transmit beam-forming (TxBF) for increased reliability in signal delivery
  • Supported data rates (Mbps):
    • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
    • 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
    • 802.11n: 6.5 to 450 (MCS0 to MCS23)
    • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,300 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 3)
  • 802.11n high-throughput (HT) support: HT 20/40
  • 802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support: VHT 20/40/80
  • 802.11n/ac packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-MSDU

Antennas

  • AP-224: Three RP-SMA connectors for external dual-band antennas
  • AP-225: Six integrated down-tilt omni-directional antennas for 3×3 MIMO with maximum antenna gain of 3.5 dBi in 2.4 GHz and 4.5 dBi in 5 GHz. Built-in antennas are optimized for horizontal ceiling mounted orientation of AP-225.

Other Interfaces

  • Two 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet network interfaces (RJ-45)
    • Auto-sensing link speed and MDI/MDX
    • PoE-PD: 48 Vdc 802.3af PoE or 802.3at PoE+
  • DC power interface, accepts 1.7/4.0mm center-positive circular plug with 9.5 mm length
  • USB 2.0 port (Type A connector)
  • Serial console interface (RJ-45, TTL levels)
  • Visual indicators (LEDs):
    • Power/system status
    • Ethernet link status (2x; ENET0, ENET1)
    • Radio status (2x; RAD0, RAD1)
  • Kensington security slot
  • Reset button

Power

  • Worst-case power consumption from the AP (excluding power drawn by an attached USB device):
    • In restricted mode (PoE): 13.5 watts
    • In unrestricted mode (PoE): 17 watts
    • In unrestricted mode (DC): 15.5 watts
  • Power sources sold separately
  • Direct DC source: 12 Vdc nominal, +/- 5%
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): 48 Vdc (nominal) 802.3af or 802.3at-compliant source
  • Efficient mode PoE – power save with 802.3af PoE and limited functionality on 2.4 GHz
    • USB port disabled
    • Second Ethernet port disabled
    • 2.4-GHz 802.11n radio in 1×3:1SS mode
  • Unrestricted functionality with 802.3at PoE+

Mounting

  • Included with AP:
    • Mounting brackets (2) for attaching to 9/16-inch or 15/16-inch T-bar drop-tile ceiling
  • Optional mounting kits:
    • AP-220-MNT-C2: Aruba 220 series AP mount kit contains two ceiling-grid rail adapters for Interlude and Silhouette style rails.
    • AP-220-MNT-W1: Aruba 220 series AP mount kit contains one flat-surface wall/ceiling mount bracket.
    • AP-220-MNT-W2: Aruba 220 series AP mount kit contains one flat-surface wall/ceiling secure mount cradle

Mechanical

  • Dimensions/weight (unit, excluding mount accessories):
    • 203 mm (W) x 203 mm (D) x 54 mm (H), 8.0” (W) x 8.0” (D) x 2.1” (H)
    • 750 g/27 oz
  • Dimensions/weight (shipping):
    • 315 mm (W) x 265 mm (D) x 100 mm (H), 12.4” (W) x 10.4” (D) x 3.9” (H)
    • 1,250 g/44 oz

Environmental

  • Operating:
    • Temperature: 0° C to +50° C (+32° F to +122° F)
    • Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Storage and transportation temperature range:
    • Temperature: -40° C to +70° C (-40° F to +158° F)

Regulatory

  • FCC/Industry of Canada
  • CE Marked
  • R&TTE Directive 1999/5/EC
  • Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC
  • EN 300 328
  • EN 301 489
  • EN 301 893
  • UL/IEC/EN 60950
  • EN 60601-1-1, EN60601-1-2
  • For more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your Aruba representative.

Reliability

  • MTBF: 538,975 hours (61.5Ys) at +25° C operating temperature

Regulatory Model Number

  • AP-224 and IAP-224: APIN0224
  • AP-225 and IAP-225: APIN0225

Certifications

  • CB Scheme Safety, cTUVus
  • Wi-Fi Alliance certified 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Warranty

  • Aruba limited lifetime warranty

Minimum Software Versions

  • ArubaOS 6.3.0.0Aruba Instant 4.0.0.0

Wireless Radio Specifications:


RF Performance Table
  Maximum transmit power (dBm) per transmit chain Receiver sensitivity (dBm) per receive chain
2.4 GHz - 802.11b
1 Mbps 18.0 -92.0
2 Mbps 18.0 -92.0
5.5 Mbps 18.0 -90.0
11 Mbps 18.0 -88.0
2.4 GHz - 802.11g and 5 GHz - 802.11a
6 Mbps 18.0 -88.0
54 Mbps 16.0 -75.0
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz - 802.11n HT20
MCS0/8 18.0 -88.0
MCS7/15 14.0 -71.0
2.4 GHz and 5 GHz - 802.11n HT40
MCS0/8 18.0 -85.0
MCS7/15 14.0 -68.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT20
MCS0 18.0 -88.0
MCS9 12.0 -65.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT40
MCS0 18.0 -85.0
MCS9 12.0 -62.0
5 GHz - 802.11ac VHT80
MCS0 18.0 -82.0
MCS9 12.0 -59.0

Maximum capability of the hardware provided. Maximum transmit power is limited by local regulatory settings. RF performance numbers for AP-224 are slightly lower due to additional internal RF circuitry.

Antenna Plots:

Horizontal or Azimuth plane (top view)

Horizontal or Azimuth plane (top view)

Elevation plane (side view)

Elevation plane (side view)

Documentation:

Download Aruba IAP-220 Series Access Points Datasheet (.PDF)

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