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Aruba History: AP Life Cycles

We often get questions around the life cycle of an AP.  Aruba does not pre-announce End of Sale dates.  But that doesn't stop people from asking and wondering how long they should expect to be able to purchase APs. Our official end of life policy can be found here: End of Life Policy And the official end of sale dates can be found here: End of Sale Announcements

 

But that only tells part of the story.  It doesn't share information around when an AP was introduced and how long an AP will typically be for sale.  I say typically because there are a lot of factors that will impact the sale period including wifi standard shifts, replacement product releases, customer adoption, HW limitations that impact features, etc.

 

Parking APs - At some point in an APs life cycle, it will not have the hardware required to run new features. It may be due to limitations in memory, CPU, controller support, encryption types, etc.  When this happens an AP is "parked" in a version of code.  That version of code will be supported as long as the AP is supported. 

 

The table below contains a sample of our APs and their launch (FCS) date and their end of sale dates.  Keep in mind end of support is 5 years after end of sale.  Parking version vary.  Please see the end of sale page.

 

AP Model Launched End of Sale
AP-52 Jul-2003 Jun-2005
AP-60/61 Aug-2004 Jun-2011
AP-70 Jan-2005 Jun-2011
AP-65 Dec-2005 Jun-2011
AP-41 Feb-2006 Dec-2008
AP-12x Jan-2008 Jan-2013
RAP-2 Mar-2009 Nov-2013
RAP-5 Mar-2009 Nov-2013
AP-105 Nov-2009 Aug-2015
AP-92/93 Jul-2010 Nov-2014
AP-68 Jan-2011 May-2014
AP-13x May-2011 Aug-2015
AP-93H Jan-2012 Feb-2015
RAP-3 Apr-2012 May-2018
RAP-108/109 Jan-2013 May-2018
RAP-155 Jan-2013 Nov-2016
AP-22x Jun-2013 Feb-2018
AP-11x Sep-2013 May-2016
AP-103 Mar-2014 Feb-2018
AP-103H Jun-2014 May-2018
AP-20x Jun-2014 May-2018
AP-21x Aug-2014 Feb-2018
AP-205H Feb-2015 May-2018
AP-32x Jul-2015 N/A
AP-31x Jun-2016 N/A
AP-33x Jun-2016 N/A
AP-30x Oct-2016 N/A
AP-207 Oct-2016 N/A
AP-203H Mar-2017 N/A
AP-203R Mar-2017 N/A
AP-303H Mar-2017 N/A
AP-34x Mar-2018 N/A
AP-303 Mar-2018 N/A
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