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Thursday, 28 January 2021 11:54

D-Link adds DWL-6720AP and DWL-8720AP to access point lineup


D-Link has released a pair of high-speed access points aimed at the medium to large enterprise market: the DWL-6720AP unified wireless AC1300 Wave 2 outdoor PoE access point with built-in antennas, and the DWL-8720AP unified wireless AC1300 Wave 2 outdoor IP67 rated PoE access point with external antennas.

The DWL-6720AP and DWL-8720AP are intended for use with D-Link's DWC-1000 and DWC-2000 unified wireless controllers, and may also be used stand-alone.

The $999.95 DWL-6720AP is an outdoor dual-band wireless AC1300 access point designed for business and campus environments. Wall or pole mounted, the IP55-compliant device includes integrated 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE) support for ease of installation.

The 2x2 antenna arrangement allows combined data rates of 1267Mbps (867Mbps on dual-band 802.11ac plus 400Mbps on 802.11n) .

The DWL-6720AP can be centrally managed when used in conjunction with D-Link unified switches and controllers, allowing a large number of access points to be deployed and managed easily and efficiently, including security and RF resource management.

On the latter point, a DWL-6720AP sensing a nearby 'neighbour' access point will automatically select a non-interfering channel, allowing access points to be deployed more densely. Furthermore, when neighbouring access points are operating on the same channel, the DWL-6720AP will automatically lower its transmission power until the other access point is no longer present.

Other features include the ability to refuse new association requests once the access point's resources are fully utilised (resulting in more even allocation of devices among neighbouring access points), and 802.1p quality of service support for better performance of time-sensitive traffic such as VoIP when the network is congested.

D-Link DWL-8720AP

The $1399.95 DWL-8720AP is designed to maintain high data speeds during peak usage times, thanks to a combination of band steering, beamforming, MU-MIMO, load balancing across neighbouring access points, and 802.11k fast roaming.

Like the DWL-6720AP, it includes QoS, PoE, wall or pole mounting, and IP67-rated ingress protection.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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