Dell targeting SMBs with PowerConnect wireless access points

Dell is hoping to cater to the SMB and medium-sized business markets with new enterprise-class wireless access solutions.

Dell continues to introduce services catering to the small to medium business sector. After unveiling a new a Software-as-a-Service platform in partnership with last week, Dell is putting the spotlight on its new PowerConnect W-Series wireless networking solutions.

The goals of these products are to help these organizations with traditionally smaller IT departments better manage their IT resources while still staying within their budgets.

Basically, the W-Series (comprised of access points, controllers and software) is designed to create a "seamless mobile experience" in which the solutions provide enterprise-class wireless networking features to small and medium businesses from data centers to branch and/or home offices with better security measures than traditional wired solutions.

As of right now, here are the options that business customers can choose from:

  • PowerConnect W-IAP92, W-IAP93 and W-IAP105: Instant access points with a built-in virtualized controller functionality and a data rate of 300Mbps per radio. This is designed to provide an entry-level enterprise-grade Wi-Fi network at a more affordable price.
  • PowerConnect W-AP134 and W-AP135: Multi-function, dual-radio 802.11in indoor access points that are configured to maximize performance in high-density Wi-Fi environments while providing 50 percent more throughput than previous generations.

Dell is rolling out the PowerConnect W-Series Instant Access Points starting today. Pricing starts at $395 for the IAP 92/93, and then it jumps to $695 and $1,295 for the IAP105 and AP134/135 models respectively.

UPDATE: Although Dell previously announced a September 7 release date, availability has been pushed back to the end of the month.



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