Aerohive Networks Releases New Software, GuestManager 1.0 Appliance, Outdoor a/b/g Access Point
Version 3.0 Software includes AeroScout Location Tracking and Wireless Bridging; GuestManager Appliance Delegates Guest Access Provisioning; New Outdoor Access Point Engineered to Withstand Extremes
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Apr. 21, 2008 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the "cooperative control" wireless LAN (WLAN) access point (HiveAP), today announced a series of enhancements to the company's product portfolio. The HiveAP operating system software has been upgraded to version 3.0 with significant new functionality, including AeroScout location tracking. The company's HiveManager software was also upgraded to version 3.0. Aerohive also announced the GuestManager appliance, which enables secure, policy-based delegation of guest access provisioning. Finally, the company announced the HiveAP 28 ag, an 802.11 a/b/g access point designed for outdoor use. More information about the new products and the company's innovative cooperative control wireless LAN architecture is available at www.aerohive.com.
Aerohive announced a family of 802.11n HiveAPs separately today. The press release is available at http://www.aerohive.com/company/press-releases.
HiveOS 3.0, HiveManager 3.0
Aerohive has partnered with industry leader AeroScout to provide location tracking in HiveOS 3.0. Each HiveAP becomes a sensor in an AeroScout location-tracking solution, eliminating the capital requirements and other burdens associated with the overlay networks that would otherwise be required. AeroScout Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags and any other Wi-Fi devices, including phones and laptops, may be tracked with the solution.
The new HiveOS also features wireless mesh bridging, which allows wired Ethernet traffic to be backhauled across an Aerohive mesh network. This capability is useful for connecting small, wired networks, for operating surveillance cameras, and for adding resilience to wired networks.
The company also announced that the software in the HiveManager network management system appliance has been upgraded to version 3.0, with enhancements including an AJAX-based user interface that can be accessed from any Web browser.
New GuestManager 1.0 Appliance
The company's new RADIUS-based, rack-mount GuestManager 1.0 appliance enables organizations to implement policy-based delegation of guest access provisioning to employees throughput the company. When combined with the captive web portal and granular, role-based policy enforcement in Aerohive's HiveAPs, secure, differentiated guest access can be efficiently delivered across the network. For example, basic two-hour Internet access in a single location could be provisioned by receptionists or employees or even self-provisioned by guests, while more complete corporate network access for contractors can be provisioned by HR management. Guest access provisioning is provided via a simple, Web-based user interface, and badges and instructions may be printed for the guest.
Outdoor a/b/g Access Point
Aerohive also announced the HiveAP 28 ag, an 802.11 a/b/g access point designed for outdoor use. The wireless LAN access point runs HiveOS 3.0 and has an IP 67-rated watertight chassis, external antennas, multiple mounting options, lightning protection, and an operating temperature range of -40 to +131 degrees F. Omni 2.4 GHz and omni 5 GHz high-gain antenna options are available.
"The exceptional resiliency of Aerohive wireless LANs already make them ideal for mission-critical applications," said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive. "The addition of AeroScout location tracking, outdoor access points, and wireless bridging to our solution set will make Aerohive wireless LANs especially attractive to healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, and other verticals that demand asset tracking, surveillance, and a highly reliable network. Our new guest management solution will also bring tremendous value to every office environment."
Pricing and Availability
The HiveOS 3.0 and HiveManager 3.0 software upgrades are available at no charge for Aerohive customers with a current support plan. GuestManager 1.0 will be available in April and will cost $9,999 with unrestricted licensing. The HiveAP 28 ag will be available in May and will cost $1,999.
Aerohive will be demonstrating its new products at Interop Las Vegas April 29 through May 1 in booth #957.
About Aerohive Networks
Aerohive Networks' cooperative control enterprise wireless LAN architecture provides all the management, mobility, and security of controller-based architectures without the cost, capacity, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments. The architecture also scales easily to support 802.11n. In addition, Aerohive solutions provide the reliability and scalability necessary for mission-critical networks and are optimized for voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) applications. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com or call 408-510-6100.