Controller-less WLAN Architecture

Aerohive developed a controller-less wireless LAN architecture called Cooperative Control. Our WLAN solution provides all the performance, availability, management, mobility, and security needed in a large campus deployment, and, with the elimination of controllers in the architecture, is cost effective even in small branch office and warehouse deployments. This unique controller-less architecture also enables secure, scalable, high-performance, and mission-critical wireless networking in a manageable and cost effective way to industries such as education, healthcare, state and local government, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Leveraging its controller-less approach, Aerohive has further simplified enterprise Wi-Fi with a cloud-based SaaS management solution called HiveManager Online. HiveManager Online dramatically lowers the cost and deployment complexity of managing enterprise Wi-Fi.

Controller-based WLANs were designed for an era when there was insufficient processing power in APs to distribute the intelligence as happens in other networking infrastructure. Aerohive’s controller-less approach is different. It distributes all control functions and data forwarding to smart APs while maintaining a centralized management system for monitoring and configuration – similar to how routers in the Internet function.

Aerohive AP capabilities include:

  • Support for control functions such as dynamic RF management, layer 2/layer 3 roaming, and client-load balancing
  • Integrated mesh technology providing the highest degree of resiliency and connectivity – a 'self-healing network'
  • Powerful and flexible identity-based firewall, access control, and quality-of-service (QoS) policies enforced at the edge
  • Distributed data forwarding for scalable latency optimized performance for 802.11n throughput and beyond

Aerohive architectural advantages:

  • No u-turns, bottlenecks, or single points of failure
  • Flexible expansion - just add APs
  • Superior branch performance and survivability
  • Real mesh support
  • Increased reliability and reduced cost (no controllers)
  • Advanced value-added functionality