June 24, 2011, 10:42 AM — Aerohive Networks this week released new wireless LAN software, with new mobile device management and spectrum analysis features.
The changes are being rolled out in the version 4.0 release of HiveOS, for the company's 802.11n Wi-Fi access points, and of HiveManager, its network management applications. Aerohive, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., is unique among WLAN vendors, creating intelligent access points that share information and functions usually done by separate wireless controllers.
Aerohive is also offering a kind of "service provider" network, adding to capabilities based on its Pareto Networks acquisition announced early in 2011: a cloud offering that its resellers can use to demo, evaluate and deploy Aerohive access points to enterprise customers. Resellers can also use the cloud service to offer managed services to their own end-customers.
The 4.0 software release expands guess access capabilities, especially with regard to mobile devices with Wi-Fi radios, such as smartphones and tablets. Now, guests can use a Web browser and the HiveAP Web portal to register for Wi-Fi access, and receive Aerohive's unique pre-shared key.
At the same time, administrators now can set different rights for these guests, based on the type of device they're using, on information that the software collects from the Web session (via the HTML User Agent), from domain membership via new domain name support in the access point's built-in firewall, or from Microsoft Active Directory via a new interface to that directory.
Aerohive executives say the new features eliminate the need for separate stand-alone management applications, of which there are many including products from Good Technology, Mobile Iron, Sybase, Zenprise and other vendors. But many of those products offer features not found in the Aerohive software, including application and device provisioning features.