Also new in the 4.0 version is built-in spectrum analysis, which some rival vendors limit to their high-end access points or offer for an additional charge. The Aerohive access points use Atheros' Wi-Fi chipset, which support spectrum monitoring on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies, without the need for laptop-based software or separate Wi-Fi sensors. The software uses signatures to identify radio sources and device types, locating interference. The collected data is displayed graphically in a browser via HTML 5-based spectrographs.
Other features in the 4.0 release include:
- RADIUS support in the access points now can tie into college and university library information systems (LIS), adding a new set of criteria for Wi-Fi access based on library membership or overdue status.
- Individual radios in the HiveAP now can run as an access radio for clients and as a backhaul radio linking to other HiveAPs to form a mesh network.
- Access point firewalls now have policies to support VMware PCoIP and Citrix ICA desktop virtualization protocols.
John Cox covers wireless networking and mobile computing for Network World.
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