Black Box LWN602HAE Specifications

Black Box LWN602HAE Specifications
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» Get fast 802.11n wireless.
» Features smart controller-less architecture.
» Intelligent APs automatically adjust for
traffic, interference, and power conditions.
» Ultra-reliable with no single point of failure.
» Cloud-based management
eliminates CAPEX.
» Provides quality voice
or video over Wi-Fi.
SmartPath Wireless: An Introduction
SmartPath Enterprise
Wireless System
The smart way to create an 802.11n network
or upgrade an older WLAN or wired LAN
for 802.11n Wi-Fi communications.
Black Box’s SmartPath Enterprise Wireless system combines the stability,
security, and speed of a wired network with the versatility and adaptability of
a wireless network. It’s just what you need to set up fast, 802.11n standard
Wi-Fi communications in a logical way.
The technology differs greatly from existing wireless technology available
today. You get speed and reliable wireless communications from a system
that’s simpler — and more affordable — to deploy.
With SmartPath, you get enterprise-class access points (APs) and a suite
of management and security functions that provide all of the benefits of
a controller-based wireless LAN (WLAN) solution — without requiring
a controller or an overlay network.
SmartPath APs work together to improve throughput and provide
redundancy for your latest 802.11n wireless devices. The SmartPath system
combines a distributed WLAN architecture and best-in-class management
without a lot of upfront costs or operating expenses.
Black Box’s SmartPath Enterprise Wireless
system combines the stability, security, and
speed of a wired network with the versatility
and adaptability of a wireless network.
Cost comparison: SmartPath vs. top competitors*:
Because there are no expensive controllers required, you can expand
from a few APs to thousands of APs easily — with no hidden upgrade costs.
Start small, adding APs into an existing wired network as your budget allows,
or build a complete enterprise-grade WLAN all at once.
Plus, the system boasts robust security and policy enforcement, including
firewall and NAC functionality. Built-in RADIUS server and LDAP/Active
Directory™ integration — along with a full-featured guest management
system and portal — complete the system, making it perfect for organizations
of all sizes.
Reliability, throughput rivals that of wired networks.
Supports video and VoIP communications.
No expensive controllers needed.
Smart APs sort and send packets to WLAN
or wired points.
• Architecture reduces traffic backhauling. QoS and
policy enforced right at the edge.
Competitor 1
Competitor 1 Competitor 2
Competitor 2
The best thing about SmartPath Enterprise Wireless is its performance.
But don’t ignore its very low cost of entry. Versus its two leading industry
competitors, it’s very cost effective with no big investment to start and no
waste as you grow. The main reason: SmartPath’s unique architecture eliminates
the need for an expensive controller. Plus, you can manage it from the cloud
(or a local appliance). If management is lost, the APs will function normally —
no backup controllers are needed for redundancy!
* (30) Indoor SmartPath APs (LWN602AE) managed via the cloud using (30) SmartPath Enterprise
Management System 1-Year Subscriptions (LWN600CM-1) vs. competitor systems with (30) APs,
management software, additional licenses (if required), controller(s), and support costs.
NOTE: SmartPath Cloud-Based EMS Subscriptions are represented above as “Management” expenses,
and there is no separate license purchase required.
SmartPath Wireless: The Technology
The SmartPath architecture.
How SmartPath works.
Unlike ordinary wireless systems, in which APs function as accessories
to the wired network, SmartPath is designed as an equal partner to the
wired network, making it a practical way to provide wireless across your
SmartPath uses a collaborative control design based on the same
architectural premise behind dynamic routing protocols used by WANs
and the Internet, and the Spanning Tree protocols of LANs: By distributing
the control and data plane, redundancy and optimization are built into the
system, and by centralizing management functions, the entire system can
First, SmartPath APs work much like the intelligent, smart switching
devices found in today’s wired networks, devices that actively sort packets all be run from one location — even from the cloud.
and send them only to where they’re needed — either to an attached
This collaborative design enables multiple APs in the SmartPath
node or to another switch or router for forwarding.
network to be organized into groups, or clusters. These clusters of APs
”talk" to one another, sharing control information and enabling fast
SmartPath APs sort and send the same way, broadcasting packets
Layer 2/Layer 3 roaming and seamless mobility for users, cooperative
wirelessly, whether it’s to a nearby Wi-Fi laptop user, passing them on
RF management, higher security, resiliency, and more.
to another access point in a wireless mesh arrangement, or sending
SmartPath APs discover each other no matter if they’re connected
to each other over a wired network or linked wirelessly. When neighboring
APs are found with the same cluster or mobility credentials, the APs build
secure connections to each other. They then use special protocols to
provide best-path data forwarding.
them through the wired network to another endpoint.
It’s really smart — and not something you’ll likely find on today’s
average wireless APs, which function more like legacy network hubs
and act only as interfaces to the wired network without making any
decisions about where to send packets.
Plus, for seamless mobile user connectivity, SmartPath anticipates
motion and proactively tracks users moving from AP to AP. This provides
continuous coverage for voice or video applications without an interruption
in service or having to connect and authenticate to each new AP. This is
done automatically and is transparent to the end user.
Also, advanced circuitry and algorithms enable older 802.11a/b/g
devices to share the network without slowing down 802.11n devices.
This way, APs can dynamically route around any problems or failures,
and adding another site is as simple as adding another AP. You never need
to upgrade to a higher-capacity controller when you have to add one or
more APs.
What’s more, the SmartPath network architecture is more reliable and
higher performing — and more suitable for voice-over-wireless LAN —
than most controller-based architectures.
Corporate Enterprise APs Used in
Wired/Wireless Mesh Network
Enterprise Switch
Wired Infrastructure
Indoor AP
Hardened AP
Indoor AP
Mobile Users
Indoor AP
Hardened AP
SmartPath EMS Appliance (LWN600MA);
Also Available: Cloud-Based Service
(LWN600CM-1 or LWN600CM-3)
» Optimized for real-time traffic, 720p video, and VoIP —
great for voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN).
» Scalable from one AP all the way up to a wide-area wireless
network with thousands of APs.
» Advanced controller-less architecture improves network
performance and saves you money.
» Supports Gigabit Ethernet links to a wired network.
» Incorporates legacy 802.11a/b/g wireless devices with no
degradation in 802.11n performance.
» Uses advanced WIDS and wireless VPN communications for
secure, seamless roaming.
» APs work together to improve speed and redundancy.
» PoE-powered APs for reduced power infrastructure needs.
» APs are easy to manage from the cloud- or appliance-based
SmartPath Enterprise Management System.
» Resilient. No bottlenecks, no single points of failure.
» APs work as intelligent, self-aware devices within
a distributed, self-healing mesh network.
» Enables secure, fast Layer 2/Layer 3 (L2/L3) roaming.
» Secure with access enforced by per-user policies and SLAs.
» Uses collaborative APs instead of controllers.
» Standard or hardened AP models available.
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SmartPath Wireless: Applications
It’s the ideal wireless upgrade solution for:
K–12 schools.
SmartPath is a perfect match for K–12 institutions because it’s
affordable and easy to set up and use — which makes it attractive
to busy school IT staff. It’s great for district-wide wireless deployment,
with the ultimate goal of having Wi-Fi coverage in every building.
But it also enables administrators to meet security requirements
when deploying WLANs, particularly when it comes to maintaining
CIPA compliance. SmartPath gives you the ability to set up multiple
VLANs within one wireless network so you can simultaneously lock
down student PC access while allowing staff the freedom to browse
the Internet. You can set up guest VLAN access as well.
Segmenting a school’s WLAN is possible because the system
enables administrators to assign different SSIDs and restrict IP ranges
by individual users or groups of users.
Plus, there are none of the drawbacks of having a network controller
that supports a fixed number of APs — that is, when you’ve reached your
AP limit, you’re not forced to buy another controller along with all of
its associated licensing fees. With SmartPath, the intelligence of the
controllers is embedded in the APs themselves. There is no steep
upgrade path. When it’s time to expand, just plug in extra APs.
Because it supports the latest 802.11n devices, staff members can use
iPad®, iPhone®, or other mobile devices to access information whenever
they’re within range. Having devices on Wi-Fi rather than a cabled
network makes teachers’ jobs easier and maximizes classroom time.
» Better network performance. No controller bottlenecks.
» Reduce CAPEX in your IT budget. "Pay as you grow.”
» Easily handle dozens of simultaneous users with each AP
or thousands of users with several APs.
» Helps you comply with school Web security mandates.
» Use to track school laptops and other tagged assets.
» Simple to separate staff equipment from student devices.
» QoS and SLA functionality is built in.
Higher learning.
SmartPath is great for universities, colleges, trade schools, and other
higher-education institutions, especially those who need to give students
campus-wide wireless access but are finding it difficult to do as they
experience funding shortfalls.
With 802.11n support, SmartPath gives schools higher throughput
and more channel availability to a myriad of newer wireless devices
(laptops, smartphones, tablets, and others). Even better, SmartPath
is robust enough to support traffic-intensive campuses with hundreds
or thousands of concurrent users.
Plus, SmartPath can enhance a university’s existing network access
control (NAC) efforts where you need to segment users by different
groups. Each group has its own security policies.
SmartPath fits well into large, campus-wide infrastructures without
adding maintenance and management complexity for your limited staff.
You can install the system components in classes and dorms over
a weekend or on break. Hang the APs, plug them in, and walk away.
Any management or configuration work can be done from a central point
and pushed out to all APs simultaneously.
Without controllers to limit growth, SmartPath offers true scalability,
enabling your IT staff to add APs one by one as needed. This architecture
also reduces traffic going up through your network core, improving
overall performance and eliminating single points of failure.
» Controller-less design eases campus network upgrades.
» Gives staff and students the 802.11n speed they desire.
» Simplifies faculty access to network-shared applications.
» Distributed architecture for resilient campus-wide links.
» No sending traffic back to LAN controllers at the core.
» Simple to update APs. Reconfigure all APs in seconds.
» Easily provide network access for authenticated users and
Internet-only access for other devices.
SmartPath Wireless: Applications
If you’re looking to upgrade your enterprise’s wireless network to fill
dead zones and support VoIP and video, as well as bring branch offices
on-line inexpensively, then the SmartPath system is for you.
The distributed, easily scalable solution enables you to increase WLAN
capacity without the need to spend a lot on a controller-based system.
Plus, unlike ”fat” APs, which can be quite cumbersome to manage and
require manual maintenance, SmartPath APs feature software that
enables them to self-organize into clusters and intelligently share
network control information with one another.
You not only reduce the data bottlenecks and latency associated
with the backhauling of traffic through controllers, you also create
fault tolerance. Dynamic mesh failover enables traffic to be routed
around failures in the wired network by dynamically establishing
a wireless mesh connection among neighboring APs — great for
mission-critical applications.
The result is an enterprise-class solution for management, mobility,
and security at a more reasonable cost — from your central office to the
edge of your network. Deploying an expensive controller for just a few
access points in a satellite office simply doesn’t make financial sense.
Not when you can use SmartPath APs instead.
Plus, with SmartPath, you can support the amount of throughput
required by video applications and smartphones while ensuring maximum
uptime and enhanced quality of service (QoS) for multimedia and timebounded voice traffic.
» Optimum performance for each wireless traffic type,
including latency-sensitive voice and video.
» Supports mixed 802.11n and legacy 802.11a/b/g users.
Slow clients won’t impact performance of faster clients.
» Offers a linear cost curve — no steep upgrading expense.
» Eliminates controllers from the network. No need for an
expensive controller in each branch office.
» Provides fast, secure roaming and identity-based security.
» The network “self heals” around any failure points.
» Group policy settings for automatically creating wireless
profiles for users, transferable from one office to another.
» Easy to manage entire enterprise from a central site.
Retail and distribution.
Bringing local mobile Wi-Fi connectivity to companies that have
multiple geographically distributed sites can be an overwhelming, and
expensive, task. Not so with SmartPath. Central management features
simplify the deployment and control of disparate wireless LANs in
a distributed architecture.
And because there are no controllers involved, you can scale your
operations by adding SmartPath APs one by one as your budget allows.
For retail, SmartPath gives you an easy, cable-free way to reach
PoS/PoP terminals and stream video to in-aisle displays.
By design, the system has no single points of failure, so you can
maintain real-time wireless connectivity in stores and warehouses even
if one connection fails. A simple management interface enables you to
deploy a wireless inventory control system site by site by pushing data
from a central office to all newly installed APs.
SmartPath also offers secure roaming and identity-based security
enforced at every AP, as well as over-the-air encryption. SmartPath also
includes firewall, VPN, RADIUS, and Active Directory support. This way,
you can lessen concerns over credit card privacy and better meet PCI
DSS mandates.
Plus, with 802.11n support, you get better speed and performance.
Drivers, warehouse workers, and other staff can use the latest handheld
devices to scan, log, and perform other tasks while linking to bandwidthintensive applications as they roam.
» No need for a controller in each retail store or at a
distribution point.
» Great for companies with limited IT staff and budget.
» Reduces operating expenses as well as downtime.
» Less hardware required for each store or site.
» Distributed architecture for failover routing of data.
» Use a single GUI interface to set global policy
management and centrally configure and monitor wireless
» Integrates with endpoint compliance systems.
» Hardened options for use in factory or industrial settings.
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SmartPath Wireless: Applications
Hospitals and healthcare.
Hospitals are trying to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, and
as a result, IT is expected to do more with less. SmartPath makes it
happen. It enables you to more cost-effectively bring high-speed wireless
networking to all areas of your facility. Simultaneously, you can better
support core care while trimming IT equipment and operational expenses.
Because it supports higher speeds and 802.11n connectivity, SmartPath
greatly assists the mobility of today’s caregivers and the growing use of
networked imaging and video in patient care. What’s more, the
distributed yet centrally manageable architecture can handle large
amounts of traffic and provide fast data availability to clinicians.
SmartPath is great for deploying wireless across an entire health
system with Wi-Fi coverage in every building — including seamless
roaming. Nurses and physicians can have access to critical applications
and information from patients’ bedsides.
Segment access, too. Give visitors Internet access while allowing staff
both Web and secure access to the private hospital network. Go further
and create VLANs within a wireless network to allow only certain staff
access to medical records. Allow patients to securely connect to the
Internet without the fear of them getting into your network.
SmartPath's mesh technology enables direct AP-to-AP communications,
so there‘s no need to cable to switches in ORs and other “clean areas.”
The mesh technology also works well in older hospitals with concrete
walls, where other RF products fail.
» Fast yet secure. Helps maintain compliance with the
network security aspects of HIPAA privacy mandates.
» Brings greater mobility to doctors and other caregivers.
» Supports tracking of equipment with built-in 802.11n tags.
» Fully distributed processing and data forwarding for
ensuring maximum WLAN connectivity .
» Reduce CAPEX for new hardware. No controller purchases
required; incrementally add an AP as money allows.
» IT staff can manage hospital WLAN from a single console.
» Easily provide Internet access for patients.
» Works well in challenging RF environments.
Also great for:
» What you need for mission-critical, fast 802.11n wireless in federal
and state agencies with highly distributed organizational structures.
» For offices with stringent security requirements, supports central
enforcement of identity-based security and access control.
» Ideal for departments with uncertain future funding. Leverage existing
networks while migrating from controller-based, “thin” AP networks.
» An economical way to bring Wi-Fi to local community centers,
civic centers, libraries, transit facilities, courthouses, and city halls.
Hotels and meeting halls
» Give guests fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity with seamless roaming.
» Hotel chains can centrally manage multiple sites from the cloud.
» No server or controller installation to worry about. Sets up easily
without disrupting guests’ stays.
» Resilient, mesh architecture is ideal for maximum wireless network
coverage at hotel resorts and large, multiroom convention centers.
» Plug and play. Great for temporary setups by event organizers.
Growing small businesses
» Autonomous APs allow for a low-cost deployment. Capacity can
be added linearly when needed — no costly controller upgrades.
» Supports the speed and bandwidth required of VoIP and video.
» Easy to set up Internet access for visiting customers or vendors
while separating them from your WLAN users.
» Offers quick setup with browser-based SaaS management.
SmartPath Wireless: Why 802.11n?
Get ready for the move to 802.11n standard
Wi-Fi networks in the coming years.
The 802.11n world:
» Ideal for mobile users
» Dual-mode voice capable
» 10x bandwidth potential
» Possible wired Ethernet
» MIMO antennas for more
range, better coverage
The needs of enterprise Wi-Fi are growing.
The way that Wi-Fi is being used and the requirements on an
enterprise Wi-Fi network are going through a fundamental and
generational change. The reason: There’s an explosion of Wi-Fi enabled
devices, a 10x performance increase with the 802.11n standard, and the
migration of Wi-Fi from convenience to mission-critical Ethernet networks.
As a result, the enterprise is demanding a new type of wireless LAN
infrastructure. SmartPath technology is designed to meet that demand.
With it, your enterprise can get a secure multiservice infrastructure that’s
capable of supporting voice, video, and data users — as though they each
had their own networks. QoS and SLA features help ensure end-user
experiences are maintained.
Enterprise users also want the mobility and productivity of Wi-Fi with
the scale, performance, resilience, and ubiquity of the Internet. To that
end, SmartPath enables you to create a widely accessible, low-cost,
network with wire-like resilience that is also easy to deploy and use.
The network impact of 802.11n.
Centralized data forwarding is usually sufficient for 802.11a/b/g
wireless networks, where network speeds were much lower. But as
more bandwidth is used for 802.11n, this centralized approach has a
huge impact on backbone links and the controller itself.
But without a controller, you can minimize such backhauling of data.
SmartPath’s architecture offers all the wireless functionality promised
by 802.11n in a controller-less design, so:
• Data traffic flows from wireless clients to the AP, then to the client’s
destination in a direct, open path.
• Control traffic is localized and flows only between APs that are in
the same RF neighborhood.
• No required “double-switching” tunneling or single points of failure.
Traffic works just as it does on your wired network.
Yesterday’s WLANs:
» Wi-Fi for convenience
» Nomadic users
» Limited speed and range
• Data traffic from higher-speed radios is distributed across the
network, is not bottlenecked in to and out of a single device,
and doesn’t need to hit the core.
• Wireless traffic is no longer opaque to the rest of the network. Your
WLAN benefits from security and QoS schemes already in place.
• Policy enforcement can be provided at network edge, instead of at
the controller.
» Best for smaller office networks
» An extension of the wired LAN
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SmartPath Wireless: The APs
The standard model for indoor-only applications:
SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP (with Integrated Antennas)
» Once plugged in, automatically joins the network and
contacts the system’s SmartPath EMS software for
configuration or security setting updates.
» Integrated dual concurrent 2.4-GHz/5-GHz MIMO antennas.
» Scalable from one AP up to thousands of APs.
» Supports Gigabit links on a 10-/100-/1000-Mbps RJ-45 port.
» Fits into most office decors. PVC exterior can be painted.
» PoE powered device for reduced power infrastructure
needs. External power supply also available.
» Uses advanced WIDS and wireless VPN communications
for secure, seamless roaming.
» Supports legacy 802.11a/b/g and 802.11n devices, too.
The single-processor SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP (with
Integrated Antennas) uses two integrated radios to provide an aggregate
link speed of 300 Mbps.
It’s more sophisticated than today’s average AP, which typically
functions more like a network hub, acting only as an interface to the
wired network without making decisions about where to send packets.
The SmartPath AP, however, works like a high-end switch, sorting packets
and sending them to where they’re needed.
The SmartPath system can even track a user moving from one AP
to another, providing the most efficient throughput. Advanced circuitry
and algorithms allocate air time efficiently, enabling older 802.11a/b/g
devices to share the network without slowing down 802.11n connectivity.
An enterprise-grade solution that’s secure.
The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP contains the features
you’d expect from an enterprise-grade wireless product, including Layer 2
switching, VPN tunnels, and QoS support.
Plus, it has robust security and policy enforcement, including NAC
functionality and LDAP/Active Directory integration. Because the RADIUS
is built in, there’s no need to purchase and deploy a separate RADIUS
for authenticating users or devices before they’re granted access to your
network. The AP also has onboard stateful-inspection firewall policy
enforcement with session state sync with neighboring APs.
No bottlenecks or latency for bandwidth-heavy applications.
Because the SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP functions
as a self-aware, smart device without the need for controllers in your
enterprise, you can eliminate the bandwidth bottlenecks and latency
that result from backhauling traffic through a controller. This, in turn,
enables you to create an ideal platform for demanding applications,
such as voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) deployments.
For RF management, the AP offers cooperative channel selection, with
DFS2 support, as well as client load balancing. It can also automatically
increase airtime allocation to clients best able to use it.
SmartPath includes SLA functionality, enabling the APs to monitor
the connection quality and, if necessary, automatically trigger and report
on actions to improve quality. Performance and connection quality are
continuously compared to target service levels, and the SmartPath network
automatically responds when service levels do not meet those targets.
Easy to set up, power, and manage.
The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP works as a PoE device,
so you can power it through Ethernet wiring from a PoE injector or plug
it into a nearby wall outlet (with the optional power supply kit). The AP
intelligently uses whatever power is available at any given time, from any
power source.
Once plugged in, each AP automatically joins the network and
contacts the SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS). Available
as a cloud-based service or a standalone appliance, the EMS is a versatile
platform that enables you to manage all APs in your entire wireless
network from a single, user-friendly GUI console. (For details on the
EMS platform, see page 10.)
If the APs lose communication with the SmartPath EMS, all AP
functionality is preserved so there is no loss of uptime.
Fits well into the typical office environment.
The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Indoor AP can be used in any
standard office environment. Mount it on the wall with screws, or fasten
to a ceiling with its tile clips (an optional drop ceiling bracket is also
available). It is plenum rated.
Its off-white exterior blends inconspicuously into most office decors.
A muted LED light radiates from beneath the Black Box logo on its top
cover, gently glowing instead of blinking, emitting a specific color light to
signal operation status to IT personnel without distracting others nearby.
And to protect it from theft, the AP can be used with Kensington®
style locks and features a tamper-proof security screw.
For specifications and other features, see page 11.
SmartPath Wireless: The APs
The hardened model for harsh indoor or sheltered outdoor applications:
SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Hardened AP (without Antennas)
» All the features, range, roaming, and scalability of the
standard AP but in a hardened design.
» Use in harsh indoor industrial areas, or in a sheltered
outdoor location (separately sold outdoor kit required).
» Features dual-core processor and six RP-SMA connectors.
» Pair it with separately sold antenna kit or outdoor kit
containing antennas, a NEMA rated housing, hardware,
and a lightning arrestor.
» Once plugged in, automatically joins the network and
contacts the system’s SmartPath EMS (order separately).
» Dual 10-/100-/1000-Mbps RJ-45 ports.
» Smart PoE (802.3af/at) powered. Or use with optional
standalone AC power supply.
The SmartPath Enterprise Wireless Hardened AP (without Antennas)
In addition to an outdoor enclosure and mounting hardware, the
features a dual-core processor and uses two radios to provide an aggregate
outdoor kit includes a patch cable and a lightning arrestor device that
link speed of 300 Mbps. It’s much like the standard office version on
offers electrical surge protection on the Ethernet line.
page 8 but is designed specifically for use in harsh areas.
For specifications and other features, see page 11.
Like the standard model, the hardened version works like a high-end
switch, intelligently sorting packets and forwarding them as needed. Plus,
like the non-hardened version, it works with other standard and hardened
APs to create a self-aware, self-healing mesh network with no single
WARNING: To install the access point and outdoor kit safely, you must
be a qualified installation professional, licensed or certified in accordance
with local regulations.
points of failure.
The SmartPath Hardened AP, however, features external antenna
connections, providing extra flexibility. You choose antennas separately
depending on your application and RF needs.
Available antenna and outdoor mounting options.
If you order the SmartPath 602HA Antenna Kit (LWN600A-ANTK),
you get six antennas that attach to the six RP-SMA connectors on the sides
of the access point unit. These antennas suit indoor applications only.
We also include antennas in our SmartPath 602HA Outdoor Kit
(LWN600A-OUT), but instead of six antennas, this kit has four dual-band
omnidirectional antennas that plug into the N-Type connectors on the top
of the outdoor kit’s enclosure.
The outdoor kit includes everything you need to mount the access
LWN600A-OUT (shown with
the LWN602HAE installed).
point, including a NEMA 4X and 6P (IEC IP56/IP67) rated enclosure
assembly. For optimum radio transmission, the enclosure features an
adjustable vertical orientation.
Also manageable via the cloud or EMS appliance.
Offering protection from the elements and a temperature tolerance
of 13 to +140º F (-25 to +60º C), the outdoor enclosure assembly can
be mounted to a pole or on a flat surface. The included pole bracket
fits a pipe with a 1" to 3.5" (2.5 cm to 8.9 cm) diameter.
Like the standard APs, the hardened APs are managed through the
separately purchased SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS),
available as a cloud-based service or a standalone appliance. For details,
see page 10.
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SmartPath Wireless: The Management Platform
For managing all APs and your network, order:
SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS)
» Available as cloud-based subscription or standalone
network appliance.
» Manage entire system from a user-friendly GUI console.
APs can be configured in minutes through the EMS.
The EMS interface
includes a helpful
Wi-Fi planning tool.
» Platform’s policy-based management simplifies large
deployments encompassing many sites and offices.
» Use to set up access enforced by per-user policies and
role-based guest management delegation with SLAs.
» Group policies can be applied network wide to all APs or
individually to certain APs.
» Integrated Wi-Fi planner tool helps you verify optimum
SmartPath Wireless AP placement.
» Easily see network topology and status of access points.
» Boasts full 802.1X authentication for secure access.
» Supports RADIUS with Active Directory, LDAP,
Open Directory, and eDirectory integration.
SmartPath EMS
installed in a
data center.
» Easily manage security settings, firewall policies, and more.
The SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS) brings best-inclass management to a distributed WLAN system comprising several or
hundreds of SmartPath APs.
Once plugged in, each SmartPath AP automatically joins the network
and contacts the EMS using the secure CAPWAP-DTLS protocol.
Configuration data is then pushed from the EMS to the newly installed
access points for true plug-and-play installation.
Group policy and per-user policy enforcement.
Group policy functions automatically create wireless profiles for your
users. Whenever a new laptop user joins the domain, wireless access is
available quickly.
You can also configure Active Directory for per-user policy
enforcement. Supporting up to 64 policy configurations per an SSID,
the system enables you to set up wireless access by user.
What’s more, the SmartPath EMS provides centralized control without
being actively involved in passing traffic or making forwarding decisions.
This way, you get advanced administrative control without creating the
traffic bottlenecks seen with some controller-based wireless solutions.
Also keep data secure by restricting guests to the Internet while
allowing employees to connect to the Internet and your private network.
You can even set it up so an authorized employee can create guest
network accounts via the EMS.
Provides complete SmartPath WLAN visualization.
Two options: Manage from a cloud or an appliance.
This GUI platform enables you to manage the entire SmartPath system
from a user-friendly GUI console. It features a customizable dashboard
and gives you advanced functionality without unnecessary complexity.
Use it to monitor, upgrade, troubleshoot, and more.
The SmartPath EMS, Cloud-Based version gives you either a 1-year
(LWN600CM-1) or a 3-year subscription (LWN600CM-3) for managing
one SmartPath AP. On-line management makes it easy to start small and
add users to your network as you grow. And with no hardware device
to install, configure, or patch, you can manage it from anywhere.
Network maps enable you to see topology and status of APs,
and real-time heat maps show RF propagation within your enterprise.
The EMS detects both authorized and rogue WLAN clients and access
points, and places them on a map.
Screens also feature details related to SLA compliance and statistics
for reporting purposes. Configuration audit capabilities ensure that all
configurations are up to date, and you can set up real-time monitoring
of alarms and events from all APs.
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SmartPath on-line is hosted within secure Tier IV SAS 70 Type II data
centers, with scheduled backups and disaster recovery capabilities and
24/7 monitoring. None of your traffic traverses the hosted service’s
network, so your data is kept private and secure.
For larger networks, you may prefer to use the SmartPath EMS
Appliance (LWN600MA). It supports up to 2000 APs and is typically
located within your facility. When using the appliance, you need to
purchase a one-time perpetual license (LWN600MLA-1) for each AP.
SmartPath Wireless: Features in Detail & Specifications
SmartPath features in detail:
• An IPSec-based VPN solution for remote offices.
• Authentication to Microsoft® Active Directory™
with local credentials caching, also supports
Global Catalog and multiple forests.
• Supports IPsec hardware acceleration.
• Multiple RADIUS server support (per AP, per SSID).
• Profile-based split tunneling with NAT support.
• RADIUS server (local database or RADIUS proxy).
• Wireless VPNs supported across mesh network.
• Standard Interchange Protocol (SIP2) support for
user validation vs. Library Information Systems (LIS).
Wireless VPN capabilities
• RADIUS, DHCP, NTLM, LDAP, and NTP can be
selected to go to a local or remote network.
• MAC-based RADIUS authentication.
SLA compliance
• Dynamic Change of Authorization (RFC3576).
• For health of client and APs, system monitors
connection quality and triggers and reports on
actions to improve quality.
• 100 associated clients per LWN602HAE;
50 associated clients per LWN602AE.
• Automatically boosts, allocates airtime for clients
to best reach performance targets.
• Balances loads for clients connecting to APs.
• Wireless privacy and authentication is Wi-Fi
CERTIFIED™, meeting WPA™ and WPA2™ protocols,
and 802.11i, WEP, 802.1X, and PSK requirements.
• Granular user profile-based management defines
VLANs, QoS, mobility policies, and security policies
for each user entering the network.
Captive Web portal
• Built-in customizable captive Web portal on APs
for guest access.
• Integrates easily with third-party Web portal
• RADIUS and Active Directory authentication support
for the captive portal.
QoS for data, voice, and video at the radio
• Powerful QoS features, the kind typically only found
on high-end routers.
• AES-CCMP, TKIP, and RC4 (WEP only) encryption.
• Supports Stateful VoIP roaming and failover.
• Mesh traffic encrypted with AES.
• User profile-based queuing, scheduling, and policing.
• Time-of-day and day-of-week access control and
SSID enabling.
• QoS can be assigned per VLAN, user profile, service,
and MAC address.
• Up to 16 SSIDs per radio for network segmentation.
• SIP call protocol decoding and dynamic port
• Onboard Stateful Inspection firewall policy
enforcement with session state sync with neighbors.
• ALG support for SIP, DNS, TFTP, and FTP.
• Full queuing support with eight queues (strict
and weighted round robin queuing mechanisms).
• Wireless compliance checking.
• Sophisticated L2/L3 DoS protection with a wide
range of L2/L3 attack signatures.
• Port scan, IP spoofing, and IP address sweep
protection for added security, particularly for
quarantine and guest networks.
• Wide array of security actions, including logging,
blocking, disassociation, and banning, so the
network can automatically respond to threats.
Mesh and availability
• Flexible radio configuration, enables either interface
to be configured as a mesh.
• Ethernet bridging support across mesh connections
for a single device or workgroup.
• Automatic neighbor detection and route
determination in a mesh.
• Uses L2 routing instead of Spanning Tree for greater
performance and less overhead.
• Self-healing enabled by dynamic path selection.
• For high availability, supports full client session
synchronization across APs.
• Stateful failover of any AP, even in the event
of a wired network failure.
• AAA caching of credentials for remote office
• Mesh failover in the event of wired network
or switch failure. Automatically changes access
radio to backhaul radio if such failure occurs.
• Wireless virtual access console.
• Track IP or gateway automatically initiates failover
or troubleshooting tools in the event of a failure.
• Destination-based MAC firewall support.
• Supports rate limiting per VLAN, per user profile,
per user, and per service.
• Station (client) load balancing.
• Tunneled guest networks.
• VoIP call admission control (CAC).
• Cluster-wide client isolation.
• Supports fast L2/L3 roaming and tunnel load
balancing for L3 roaming.
• WMM (802.11e) marking and policing for wireless,
802.1p, and/or DiffServ.
• Wireless VPN supported across the mesh.
Redundant data support (LWN602HAE only)
• WMM (U-APSD) power saving for Wi-Fi devices.
• Dual Ethernet support for redundant data.
• Supports Spectralink® SVP wireless phone protocol.
• Dual Ethernet connections enable link aggregation
for legacy 10/100 or 10/100/1000 switches.
• WPA-TKIP vulnerability protection.
• 802.1X authentication for WEP, WPA, and WPA2.
• Private PSK authentication enables unique preshared
keys (PSK) for each user within a single SSID.
• RADIUS support with PEAP, EAP-TLS, TTLS, LEAP,
• LDAP authentication to directory servers, including
OpenLDAP®, Novell® eDirectory, and Apple®
Wireless IDS and IDP
• Built-in in-network rogue AP detection.
• Supports AirTight® IDS and IDP integration.
• Rogue AP mitigation and rogue client detection,
including ad hoc clients.
• Intelligently uses available power and adjusts
as needs change.
• Enables you to benefit from 802.11n wireless while
using legacy 10/100 or 10/100/1000 switches.
SmartPath APs:
Radio Frequencies — 802.11a: 5.150 – 5.950 GHz; 802.11b/g: 2.4 – 2.5 GHz;
802.11n: 2.4 – 2.5 GHz and 5.150 GHz – 5.950 GHz
Radio Modulation — OFDM (802.11a/g), DSSS (802.11b), or 802.11n (802.11n)
Rated Speed — 300 Mbps
Operating Temperature — Indoor unit: +32 to +104° F (0 to +40° C);
Hardened unit: -4 to +130° F (-20 to +55° C)
Connectors — Ethernet: (1) RJ-45 (indoor unit) or (2) RJ-45 (hardened unit),
10/100/1000 Mbps, PoE 802.3af and 802.3at compliant;
Hardened unit only: Serial: (1) RJ-45 (RS-232)
Power — Either PoE or direct power; optional PoE Injector (LPJ001A-T) or
100 – 240-VAC, 50 – 60-Hz universal power supply (LWN600PS-EU) available
Size — Indoor unit: 2"H x 6.5"W x 6.5"D (5 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm);
Hardened unit: 1.25"H x 8.5"W x 8"D (3.2 x 21.5 x 20.3 cm)
Weight — Indoor unit: 1.75 lb. (0.8 kg);
Hardened unit: 3 lb. (1.4 kg)
SmartPath EMS Appliance:
Operating Temperature — +32 to +104° F (0 to +40° C)
Connectors — Wired LAN and management ports: (2) RJ-45 (10/100/1000 Mbps);
Serial port: (1) DB9 M (RS-232);
USB port: (1) USB Type A F (USB 2.0)
Power — Input: 100 – 240-VAC, 50 – 60-Hz, autoswitching, ATX, with PFC connector;
Output: 250 watts
Size — 1.75"H (1U) x 16.8"W x 15.8"D (4.4 x 42.7 x 40.1 cm)
Weight — 13.75 lb. (6.2 kg)
SmartPath Outdoor Kit Enclosure Assembly
Protection Ratings — NEMA 4X, 6P (IEC IP56/IP67)
Wind Survivability — >265 km/h
Operating Temperature — -13 to +140° F (-25 to +60° C)
Connectors — For external antennas: (4) N-Type F
Size — 11.5"H x 14.25"W x 8.25"D (3.8 x 36.2 x 21 cm)
Weight — With hardened AP: 15 lb. (6.8 kg)
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Why SmartPath Wireless?
Five top reasons to choose SmartPath:
4. It’s designed for ease of use.
It’s designed for linear scalability.
Controller-less architecture eliminates unnecessary costs.
802.11n Wi-Fi becomes your primary access layer; you scale
from small to large WLANs just by adding APs!
It’s designed for high performance.
Features fully distributed, best-path data forwarding, and
applies QoS and security at the APs while scaling network
processing power linearly and reducing contention.
It’s designed for reduced cost.
Plug-and-play APs are paired with an easy-to-use Web
interface featuring intuitive, policy-based management.
This simplifies large deployments and gives you complete
visibility of all network APs.
5. It’s designed for high reliability.
Without a controller, there are no single points of failure or
failover delays. “Smart,” self-aware APs use dynamic mesh
forwarding to create a path-resilient network.
Unique architecture removes the need for controller hardware.
Cloud-based management moves CAPEX to OPEX, enabling you
to start small and grow as needed.
Cost comparison: SmartPath vs. top competitors*:
It’s for you if you are:
» Facing a forklift upgrade to move from 802.11a/b/g to 802.11n wireless.
» Looking to economically deploy VoIP and real-time video over wireless.
» Tasked with providing universal Wi-Fi to new iPad® and smartphone users.
» Dealing with CAPEX restrictions when trying to buy Wi-Fi equipment.
» An SME wanting to provide Internet access for employees and guests.
Competitor 1
Competitor 1 Competitor 2
Competitor 2
The best thing about SmartPath Enterprise Wireless is its performance.
But don’t ignore its very low cost of entry. Versus its two leading industry
competitors, it’s very cost effective with no big investment to start and no
waste as you grow. The main reason: SmartPath’s unique architecture eliminates
the need for an expensive controller. Plus, you can manage it from the cloud
(or a local appliance). If management is lost, the APs will function normally —
no backup controllers are needed for redundancy!
* (30) Indoor SmartPath APs (LWN602AE) managed via the cloud using (30) SmartPath Enterprise
Management System 1-Year Subscriptions (LWN600CM-1) vs. competitor systems with (30) APs,
management software, additional licenses (if required), controller(s), and support costs.
NOTE: SmartPath Cloud-Based EMS Subscriptions are represented above as “Management” expenses,
and there is no separate license purchase required.
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respective owners.
First choose your wireless AP(s)…
SmartPath Wireless Access Point (AP)
Indoor (with Integrated Antennas)
Hardened (without Antennas)
…then select either a cloud-based management platform…
SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS), Cloud-Based
1-Year Subscription per AP
3-Year Subscription per AP
…or a standalone appliance with the required AP licenses …
SmartPath Enterprise Management System (EMS) Appliance (Up to 2000 APs)
SmartPath Perpetual License for EMS Appliance (Perpetual, per Access Point)
Select the power option for your application:
802.3at PoE Gigabit Injector, 1-Port
SmartPath 30-W Power Kit with Cord, Europe
For hardened APs, order…
SmartPath 602HA Antenna Kit (Indoor Use)
✦ Includes (3) 1.4 GHz and (3) 5-GHz antennas for (1) AP.
SmartPath 602HA Outdoor Kit
✦ Includes (1) NEMA enclosure, (1) pole bracket, assorted hardware, (1) lightning
protection device, (1) power supply, and (4) dual-band antennas for (1) AP.
Click and find at
US APs, plus US and U.K. power supplies.
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