According to Fernandes, Wave 2 access points without a radio devoted to network scanning and security must apply precious bandwidth on their 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios to those tasks.
“Having a dedicated radio to do these types of things doesn’t impact performance, so you get much higher throughput,” he says.
Though the Bluetooth radio on the new Bluesocket WAPs will be fully functional when those products ship next month, software designed to capitalize on that component won’t reach market until an as yet undetermined point in the future. Retailers eager to push promotion notifications to shoppers or IT departments looking to manage ceiling-mounted APs without climbing a ladder are among the end users ADTRAN expects to utilize that software once it arrives.
The Bluesocket 3040 and 3045 aren’t the only Bluetooth access points that support the company’s new DynamicSteering technology. Both the Bluesocket 1900 series of 802.11n APs and the 2000 series of 802.11ac Wave 1 APs can utilize DynamicSteering as well.