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New Aerohive Router Targets Remote Users with Limited IT Support

Aerohive Networks has introduced the next stage of its cloud-enabled enterprise networking infrastructure Branch on Demand product line with a new two-platform router that helps public and commercial enterprises design, build, and support multiple and highly dispersed regional facilities with minimal or no IT support.

The BR200 builds on Aerohive’s BR100 product with new features that the company said “would normally be expected in much more expensive and complex solutions.”

The new router leverages Aerohive’s cloud service platform and automates remote provisioning and deployment, provides enterprise-class network visibility and remote remediation capabilities, and “delivers HQ-like network experience and ... policy enforcement to every user regardless of location or device,” according to Aerohive.

The upgraded platform comes in two flavors: the BR200 and the BR200-WP, both of which provide LAN connectivity and HiveOS routing, secure wired access ,and cloud-based management.

The base model BR200 (list price $499) supports the full Aerohive HiveOS enterprise suite of VoIP QoS and Active Directory integration for authentication offload and resiliency at branch locations. The BR200-WP (list $699) adds Power over Ethernet (PoE) and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as backward compatible support for legacy 802.11a/b/g devices. It includes integrated spectrum analysis and WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Protection System) with no added licensing fees so a centralized administrator can identify potential Wi-Fi interference and react appropriately to ensure secure, standards-compliant access availability at branch locations.

The PoE function lets an administration centrally manage remotely connected devices such as additional access points or VoIP phones. A 30-plus watt power budget adds flexibility to deployment scenarios from telecommuting to an advanced branch office network, the company said.

Additional details can be found on Aerohive's site.

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Jim Barthold is a freelance technology reporter. He can be reached at jimbarthold@comcast.net.

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