HiPath Wireless Access Point
The HiPath Wireless Access Point is an enterprise-class dual radio 802.11a/b/g access
point that provides coverage anywhere that wireless LAN (WLAN) service is required. The
Access Point's Plug ‘n Play technology dramatically simplifies deployment of the world's
first large-scale routed WLAN solution: simply plug it into the network and it automatically discovers the appropriate HiPath Wireless Controller and is configured – even if it is
on a different subnet or physical location (e.g., a branch office). All Access Points and
Controllers in the WLAN are virtually interconnected, enabling centralized management
and seamless overlay into any existing IP-based network infrastructure. Transparent integration with existing VPN implementations also provides an added layer of security.
The division of labor between the Access Point and Controller is optimized by using a “Fit
AP” model that balances high performance, security, and ease of management. The Access Point handles complex, time-sensitive functions that demand constant scanning or
packet processing – including QoS, encryption, RF management, and rogue AP detection
– while global functions like configuration, roaming, security management, and policy
control are centralized at the Controller. The result is a uniquely efficient WLAN solution.
Siemens HiPath Wireless
Access Point
Unique “Fit AP” design for optimized
performance, security and management
The HiPath Wireless Access Point is an intelligent radio device that works with the HiPath Wireless Controller using what
Siemens calls a “Fit AP” model. Unlike “Fat
APs” which require all functions to be performed at the access point (adding cost by
needlessly duplicating processing and functionality) instead of centralizing at the controller, and unlike “Thin APs” which delegate
almost all functionality to the controller
(impacting performance by creating processing bottlenecks and adding unnecessary traffic and network transactions), Fit
AP solutions deliver exceptional performance while remaining easy to manage.
Centralized configuration and
All APs associated with a controller are individually monitored and managed from a
central console. When needed, each AP can
be separately configured, enabled, or disabled. APs can be managed through the
Controller via SNMP, which provides alarms,
traps and reporting statistics suitable for HP
OpenView or other SNMP network managers. APs also provide consolidated reports
for performance management, security logging, and usage data. HiPath Fault Management is also supported.
Performance Features
Dynamic RF management and load
balancing for reliable performance
Using AutoCell™ technology, users benefit
from interference prevention and load sharing between HiPath Wireless Access Points.
HiPath Wireless Access Point
Management Features
“Plug ‘n Play” network installation
A HiPath Wireless Access Point will automatically register itself with an available Controller and download its configuration. This
allows the Access Point to immediately provide service to users when it is connected,
without having to be manually configured.
New Access Point registration with the Controller is handled securely, ensuring that
only authorized APs are recognized.
Quick and easy physical installation
HiPath Wireless Access Points are also physically easy to install or move. Power over
Ethernet is supported, eliminating the need
to install APs near power outlets or to use
two cables. Access Points can be mounted
on walls or ceilings using specially designed
quick-mount brackets, or plenum-mounted
to keep them out of sight.
Each Access Point is able to intelligently and
dynamically adjust both its transmit power
and channel selection based on user position as well as information from nearby APs.
This process, known as Dynamic RF Management, ensures optimal performance for
associated clients.
If an AP fails, neighboring APs will increase
power to maintain coverage in the affected
area. Depending on how the AP is configured, even if a Controller becomes unreachable, local bridging of traffic is maintained.
These features maintain a consistent high
level of performance despite the dynamic
and inconsistent nature of RF traffic.
Dual band, multi SSID flexibility
Each Access Point houses two independently manageable radios, one for 802.11b/g
(2.4 GHz band) and one for 802.11a (5 GHz
band). Each radio supports up to four separate SSIDs, each with its own configuration,
security and policy settings. As a result,
there are actually eight “virtual APs” for every physical unit.
This can be used to enable an additional level of security and quality by separating specific types of traffic or groups of users on to
different virtual APs. This segmentation is in
addition to the Virtual Network Services
user management supported by the HiPath
Wireless Controller. These methods provide
for unprecedented yet simply-managed degrees of flexibility.
Quality of Service (QoS) for real-time
HiPath Wireless Access Points support a
number of features to improve performance and reliability, particularly for realtime applications like voice. The 802.11e
Quality of Service standard and WMM support are available on the wireless interface,
and are interoperable with third party ToS
(Type of Service) or DSCP (Differentiated
Service Code Point) prioritization mechanisms on the wired network. Priorities can
also be set according to SSID, allowing critical real-time traffic to be assigned to a distinct high-priority queue.
Multiple antenna options for complete
There are two models of HiPath Wireless Access Point. The 2610 uses an internal, omnidirectional antenna, and the 2620 uses any
of a variety of external omnidirectional or
directional antennae for additional coverage and minimal interference in difficult to
reach areas such as hallways or behind pillars. The most appropriate configuration is
quickly determined during the initial site
survey while planning the WLAN network.
Security Features
Standards-based authentication and
HiPath Wireless Access Points are secured
and protected using the latest technology
standards to ensure sufficient security and
client compatibility. 802.11i security is provided including: full RADIUS support (via
802.1x); WPA and WPAv2 authentication
and certificate management; and AES, TKIP
or WEP 40, 104, or 128 bit encryption.
Enhanced security features
HiPath Wireless Access Points also provide
scanning services for the detection of
Rogue APs and ad hoc WLAN networks. If a
foreign AP is detected, it is reported to the
Controller so an alert can be sent or other
action taken. In some situations, it is desirable to co-exist with other WLAN networks,
such as in multi-tenant buildings. In these
cases, specific APs can be designated as
“friendly”, and special RF management features take over to allow the two networks to
co-exist peacefully.
HiPath Wireless Access Point Supported Features
Plug ‘n Play Installation:
No on-site configuration needed, dramatically
reducing deployment time and costs.
– Automatic Controller Discovery
– Centrally-deployed Configurations
and Upgrades
– Network-independent
Secure Remote Management
APs can be easily configured and monitored from
a central location with less personnel.
Up to 8 SSIDs (4 per radio)
Segment networks based on distinct user access,
performance, and security needs.
Security via WEP, WPA (TKIP), WPAv2 Latest authentication and encryption standards
ensure that user data is safe.
VPN Support: IPSec, PPTP, L2TP
VPN interoperability provides added security.
Rogue AP Detection
APs participate in the detection and prevention of
unauthorized APs or ad hoc networks.
Intelligent Access Point
Encryption, filtering, QoS, and RF management
done by the AP, resulting in high performance and
resilience if the rest of the network fails.
Client Load Balancing and Failover
Client sessions persist in the event of disabled or
over-used Access Points (using AutoCell™).
Dynamic RF Management (DRM)
APs intelligently discover network gaps, and can
strengthen RF signal to maintain coverage.
802.11a/b/g WLAN Connectivity
Greater user interoperability and performance.
Quality of Service (WMM, 802.11e)
Optimal performance for media and voice
Fast, Secure Roaming and Handover Voice session integrity is preserved in a secure
(WPA / WPAv2)
manner, even when users move across APs.
Simultaneous Voice Calls: 12
(802.11b, G.711, R>80)
APs meet the quality and capacity demands of
today's VoIP applications.
Simultaneous Users: 127 per radio
Managers can stretch their investment further.
HiPath Wireless Portfolio
About the HiPath
Wireless Portfolio
The HiPath Wireless Portfolio provides a
complete solution allowing companies to
realize the benefits of true enterprise
The Portfolio offers wireless handsets,
access points and controllers, along with
best of breed management software and
comprehensive services for planning and
Siemens' wireless networking solutions for
the enterprise deliver more than just data
connectivity without wires. With the HiPath
Portfolio, companies can exploit the
benefits of a truly mobile communications
● integrated vertical solutions providing
‘always on’ access to corporate data and
true user mobility across the enterprise
through seamless roaming
● presence- and location-aware real-time
applications such as HiPath OpenScape
and HiPath ProCenter Agile
● converged voice and data networks
providing Voice over Wireless LAN,
offering productivity with a lower cost of
ownership compared to proprietary
wireless voice solutions
● a wireless LAN architecture designed
from the ground up for flexibility,
scalability, manageability and enhanced
user services
Our strengths – Your advantages
Siemens is known worldwide as a trailblazer
in the advancement of information and
communication technologies. No other
company offers such a comprehensive and
innovative portfolio.
Regardless of which communication technology you are using today – or want to use
tomorrow – Siemens offers you the right
HiPath Wireless
Access Point—2610/2620
Product Specifications
Available Transmit Power*
Data Rates
– 5.15 to 5.35 GHz: 16 dBm (FCC / IC / ETSI)
– 5.470 to 5.725 GHz: 16 dBm (ETSI)
– 5.725 to 5.850 GHz: 13 dBm (FCC / IC)
● 802.11b: 19 dBm (FCC / IC),15 dBm (ETSI)
● 802.11g: 16 dBm (FCC / IC),15 dBm (ETSI)
● Transmit (selectable per radio):
– 100%, 50%, 25%, 12.5%, 6.25%
● 802.11a: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54 Mbps
● 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11 Mbps
● 802.11g: 1, 2, 5.5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 18, 24, 36,
48, 54 Mbps
Frequency Bands*
● 802.11a:
– 5.15 to 5.25 GHz (FCC / IC / ETSI)
– 5.25 to 5.35 GHz (FCC / IC / ETSI)
– 5.470 to 5.725 GHz (ETSI)
– 5.725 to 5.825 GHz (FCC / IC)
● 802.11b/g
– 2.400 to 2.4835 GHz (FCC / IC / ETSI)
Dynamic Channel Control
● DFS & TPC support (ETSI)
Wireless Modulation
● OFDM: 802.11a
● DSSS: 802.11b/g
Integrated Antenna (2610 only)
● 2.4 / 5.0 GHz - 4 dBi Gain
External Antenna (2620 only)
● 2.4 GHz / 5.0 GHz - 4 / 5 dBi Gain
Interface and Indicators
● Auto-sensing 10/100bT Ethernet interface
● LED indicating AP status and connectivity
Receive Sensitivity (Typical)
● 802.11a: 6 Mbps/-89 dBm, 36 Mbps/-78 dBm,
48 Mbps/-73 dBm, 54 Mbps/-70 dBm
● 802.11b: 1 Mbps/-91 dBm, 2 Mbps/-90 dBm,
5.5 Mbps/-89 dBm, 11 Mbps/-87 dBm
● 802.11g: 6 Mbps/-89 dBm, 36 Mbps/-79 dBm,
48 Mbps/-74 dBm, 54 Mbps/-72 dBm
802.3af Power over Ethernet
Class 0 (12.95 Watts Max)
Typical Power: 7.4 Watts DC Power
Voltage: +6 V DC
Current: 1500 mA max. at +6 V DC
● 802.11a:
● Ethernet IEEE 802.3 / 802.3u / 803.3af
● Wireless IEEE 802.11a/b/g
UL / IEC / EN 60950
CAN/CSA 22.2 # 60950-1-03
UL 2043 Plenum Rating
EN 50385
EMC & Radio
FCC Part 15 (Class B)
FCC Subpart C 15.247
FCC Subpart E 15.407
EN 301 893 V1.2.3
EN 300 328 V1.6.1
EN 301 489 1 & 17
EN / UL 60601-1-2
EN 50385
EN 55011 (CISPR 11) Class B Group 1 ISM
ICES-003 Class B
Dimensions and Weight
● 40 mm x 115 mm x 175 mm (1.5" x 4.5" x 7")
● 283g (10 oz)
● Operating Temp: 0ºC to 50ºC (32ºF to122ºF)
● Storage Temp: -40ºC to 85ºC (-40ºF to 185ºF)
● Humidity (Non-Condensing): 10 to 95%
*Bands, frequency settings, and maximum power settings will
vary according to channel and individual country regulations.
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Siemens Communications • Hofmannstr. 51 • D-81359 München
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