For years, when Acclaim Networks has sold a WatchGuard firewall and a client needed additional wireless access points to saturate coverage across their campus, we had to recommend and integrate a WAP from an entirely different vendor simply because WatchGuard didn’t offer them. That created a rather disjointed security posture, and left a lot to be desired from a management perspective.
Now, that has all changed, and in a BIG way. If you’re already familiar with WatchGuard’s UTM security services (application control, intrusion prevention, URL and web content filtering, virus and spam blocking, etc), you’ll be glad to know they can be seamlessly extended from the firewall to the WLAN to protect mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and notebooks. You’ll also appreciate the powerful roaming capabilities when moving between AP’s, the PoE and AC adapter options, and the strength of signal provided by the 2×2 MIMO with dual spatial streams.
But for us, the most exciting aspect is time savings provided by the ability integrate wired and wireless security policies and administer them behind a “single pane of glass”. The same management interface used to administer the XTM firewall is also used to configure and manage the AP’s. In fact, it will even auto-discover newly installed AP’s. This not only saves time on both setup and maintenance activities, but also allows the administrator to scan and report functionality details about wireless devices on the network for compliance monitoring.
The new wireless AP’s from WatchGuard close the loop on security for both your wired and wireless LAN’s, while providing management and reporting capabilities that were previously unavailable while using disparate vendors. Call us at Acclaim Networks for more information or pricing on these units. We think you’ll be thrilled with the ease of use, enhanced functionalities provided, and even the price!
For more information on WatchGuard’s AP’s, click here. http://watchguard.com/products/access-point/overview.asp