High-Performance 11n Wireless Managed Access Point
The wireless LAN Managed Access Point (MAP) 3950 delivers secure, voice-ready reliable connectivity for WLAN users.
An integral component of the 3Com Wireless LAN Mobility System, the 3Com MAP 3950 with intelligent switching offers both centralized and distributed data forwarding, with the MAP automatically determining the best alternative based on the requirements of the underlying application. This allows it to support the most demanding wireless applications, including Voice over Wi-Fi® and wireless video.
Fully controlled by a WLAN controller with which it securely communicates, the MAP contains no local data store for sensitive data, eliminating the chance of information being compromised due to hacking or theft. The end result helps reduce capital expenses and ongoing administrative costs— all while keeping the wireless LAN secure.
IEEE 802.11n Wireless Networking
The 3Com Managed Access Point 3950 is compliant with the IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 standard and is Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™. With dual radios as in this AP, the standard projects theroetical aggregate data rates of up to 600 Mbps. Upon ratification, a simple software upgrade converts the MAP to compliance with the final standard.
Provides Voice-Ready Wireless Connections
Distributed forwarding in the 3Com Managed Access Point 3950 optimizes traffic flow, reducing latency, while providing ultra high performance and massive scalability. Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM®) or SpectraLink Voice Priority (SVP) helps ensure optimal QoS for voice traffic.
Simplifies Configuration, Control and Optimization
With remote management, the arduous process of initially configuring and deploying access points (APs) is vastly simplified because configuration settings are centrally distributed for consistency and accuracy. And for easier long-term management, any added MAPs inherit configuration settings from their wireless switch or controller.
Automated network controls at the wireless switch improve coverage and service by optimizing RF gain, assigning radio channels, balancing traffic loads and monitoring the RF environment of all managed access points with which it is associated.
Delivers Security and Seamless Mobility
Local traffic encryption distributes the encryption processing across the network rather than relying on one central device. Continuous, on-demand, or scheduled RF scans can be used to locate users and identify and isolate potentially harmful rogue APs or other vulnerabilities.
3Com wireless switches and controllers integrate with backend Authorization/Authentication/Accounting (AAA) servers, consistently enforcing user and group access policies across the wireless LAN to provide secure session integrity as users roam throughout the network. No re-association or IT intervention is required.
Provides Scaleable Deployment of Remote Office Wireless Networks
Distributed Forwarding on the MAP 3950 allows scalable wireless deployments in remote locations. Only authentication and control traffic is sent back to the wireless controller, while most user traffic can stay local to that site, thereby improving performance and increasing scalability of distributed wireless deployments.
Extends the Reach of the Wireless Network
In addition to traditional access point functionality, the MAP 3950 can also serve as an IEEE 802.11s mesh AP, mesh point, mesh portal, or WDS bridge to other MAP 3950s, extending the reach of enterprise WLANs. The MAP can support such functionality in either point-to-point or point-to-multipoint topologies, allowing maximum flexibility within a mesh or bridged environment.
Distributed forwarding optimizes traffic flow, reducing latency, while providing ultra high performance and massive scalability|
Dual-radio MAP operates simultaneously in 802.11a/n and .11b/g/n modes
Dual-mode integrated omnidirectional diversity antennas provide excellent performance and coverage in high multi-path environments; having no external antenna improves aesthetics of the device
Full 3 x 3 radio design allows for 3 transmitters and 3 receivers per radio for the best coverage and performance
For optimized security, the multi-band RF sweeps scan the wireless environment for 802.11 rogue access points; RF scans also detect ad-hoc users and sources of RF interference
PoE support either directly through a 3Com PoE switch or other IEEE 802.11af or 802.3af+ (pre-standard 802.3at) device supplies data and power over the same Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for power adapters, power cords, or AC outlets
Fully redundant PoE power and connectivity on both Gigabit Ethernet ports enhance network resiliency
Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2™), dynamic Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), and Wi-Fi Equivalent Privacy (WEP) packet encryption help ensure strong data security
Support for independently encrypted and isolated subnets or VLANs using the same service set identifier (SSID) provides deployment flexibility
Supports location-based service applications that rely on Wi-Fi signal information for position location; common usages include asset tracking or client location
New or replacement MAPs inherit configuration information from the WLAN switch without the need for pre-staging or pre-configuration
Automated transmit power and radio channel assignment features optimize RF cell size and support different regional requirements
Comprehensive MAP control and management—such as channel number, power level, SSIDs, and security settings—are all handled by the WLAN switch
MAP 3950 can also serve as an IEEE 802.11s mesh AP, mesh point, mesh portal, or WDS bridge
Kensington Security Slot provides physical level security for remote location AP