Aerohive Networks on Wednesday announced the general availability of its newest addition to the Branch on Demand solution -- the BR200. Building on the success of its BR100, announced last November, Aerohive’s BR200 ushers in an era of rapid time-to-revenue and operation for retail stores, long-term healthcare facilities, and mid-market and commercial enterprises with highly dispersed remote locations that have little to no IT support.
Aerohive’s Branch on Demand solution leverages the Aerohive Cloud Services Platform to automate remote provisioning and deployment and provide enterprise class network visibility and remote remediation capabilities that would normally be expected in much more expensive and complex solutions.
It also delivers HQ-like network experience and corporate policy enforcement to every user regardless of location or device. The release of the BR200 enables retail outlets and larger enterprise branches to have a solution for rapid deployment of highly secure, repeatable branch networks.
The BR200 comes in two models: BR200 and the BR200-WP. The BR200 provides LAN connectivity along with the feature-rich capabilities of HiveOS routing, including RADIUS server/proxy, secure wired access, and cloud-based management. It also supports the full Aerohive HiveOS enterprise suite, including VoIP QoS and Active Directory integration for authentication offload and resiliency at branch locations.
The BR200-WP includes everything offered in the BR200 plus power over Ethernet (PoE) and dual-band 3x3 802.11n Wi-Fi that supports 450Mbps per client, as well as support for legacy 802.11a/b/g devices without any loss in wireless performance or security.
The BR200-WP includes integrated spectrum analysis and wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) with no additional licensing fees. This gives a centralized administrator the ability to see any potential Wi-Fi interference or help do expansion planning, and ensures the access available at the branch locations remains secure and compliant with applicable standards.
The fully-manageable PoE allows administrators to centrally manage remotely-connected devices such as additional access points or VoIP phones, and the generous 30+ watt power budget allows for flexible deployment scenarios ranging from a telecommuter to an advanced branch office network.
By combining secure routing and enterprise-class Wi-Fi in a single platform, the BR200 series provides networking and management capabilities to connect, secure, and manage branch offices. With HiveOS routing at its core, fast roaming, user-based access control, fully stateful firewall policies, and additional security and RF networking features are all included without the need for a centralized or dedicated controller.
The BR200 combines with Aerohive Access Points to create a scalable branch office solution. Aerohive APs can be connected to the BR200 via Ethernet or by using the integrated, automatic wireless mesh functionality in HiveOS, and the devices will use Cooperative Control to form a hive allowing a single unified policy to dictate how and when users can connect via Ethernet or wireless – ensuring security regardless of how or where they connect.
Pricing and availability
The BR200 is shipping now and is available for $499 list. The BR200-WP (with Wi-Fi and PoE) is shipping now and is available for $699 list.