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  • 1.  AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 07, 2017 06:49 PM

    Hi guys,

     

    I have compared two APs at the Aruba website and this is the output:

     

    ap_comp.PNG

     

    It is difficult to me understand the parameters Radio MIMO type and Integrated antennas. I understand that 4x4:4 for SU-MIMO means 4 transmit antennas, 4 receive antennas and 4 spatial streams with a single user. Does 4x4:4 for MU-MIMO mean the AP supports 4 simultaneous users?

    And why AP-320 has 8 omni antennas and AP-310 has 4 omni antennas if both have 4 transmit antennas and 4 receive antennas (4x4). For my understanding, AP-310 should also have 8 omni antennas.

    Please some help for understanding these parameters. Many thanks.

     

    Regards,

    Julián



  • 2.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 08, 2017 05:31 AM

    Please check the 802.11ac page for some videos on MU-MIMO. In short: with MU-MIMO you can split the available number of streams over multiple client devices and communicate in the same time to for example 1 dual-stream client and a 2 stream client or 3 single stream clients with the 320 series (4x4:3 MU-MIMO). Note that clients must support MU-MIMO to take advantage of that feature.

    For the 310, the 4x4:4 MU-MIMO indeed means that you can have 4 single-stream clients at the same time, or 2 dual, or combinations like 1-1-2, 1-3.

    On the number of antennas question, all the antennas are for both receiving and transmitting. According to the specifications, the AP-315 has 4 dual-band antennas, where the 325 has 2 times 4 single-band antennas (separate antennas for 2.4 and 5GHz).



  • 3.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 08, 2017 10:21 AM

    Hi Herman,

     

    Thank you for your interest.

    For the first part, then the AP-310 can support up to 4 single stream clients and the AP-320 3 single stream clients at the same time. Isn't it weird that AP-310 support more clients than the AP-320 even when the model is lower?

    For the second part, did you mean each single antenna is for both receiving and trasmitting or there are separate set of antennas for receiving and another set for transmitting?

     

    Regards,

    Julián



  • 4.  RE: AP Comparison
    Best Answer

    Posted Jun 08, 2017 10:52 AM

    The specifications are built-in the chips that are used in the AP and the AP-310 has a different (newer) chip than the AP-320. The 320 can do 4 streams, when in SU-MIMO. I doubt that you will really see the difference in practice as it only attributes if there is actual data to send to enough multi-user mimo capable clients at the moment of the transmission. Don't expect 33% more performance from a 4x4:4 versus 4x4:3 in practice, it might be under laboratory conditions.

     

    The same antenna element is used for receiving and for transmission. Remember that wifi is half-duplex, so an antenna will either transmit or receive at a single moment (and the radio can very fast switch between sending/receiving). If an antenna element is a dual-band, which means it is designed for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz simultaneous operations, one of each radio chains are connected to the same element. The 310 has 2 radios, with 4 antenna chains each, where each of the antennas is connected to a radio chain on both radios (with filtering).

    From the datasheet of the 315:

    5 GHz 4x4 MIMO (1,733 Mbps max rate) and 2.4 GHz 2x2 MIMO (400 Mbps max rate) radios,with a total of four integrated omni-directional downtilt dual-band antennas

    From the datasheet for the 320:

    5 GHz (1,733 Mbps max rate) and 2.4 GHz (800 Mbps max rate) radios, each with 4x4 MIMO support and a total of eight integrated omni-directional downtilt antennas.

     

    I wouldn't pick my AP based on these differences or specifications though; there are more important things to look at, like the customer requirements, a possible redundant Ethernet on the 325 or the higher capacity of the 325 versus the 315. Please use your local Aruba SE to help you pick the right AP for each environment and match the customer requirements and budget.



  • 5.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 08, 2017 01:34 PM

    Hi Herman,

     

    Many thanks, good explanation. Just two more questions because I want to understand completely this matter:

     

    • The AP-310 has a different (newer) chip than the AP-320.Isn't it weird that the AP-310 has a newer chip than the AP-320 even if it is a lower model? Just for curiosity.
    • The higher capacity of the 325 versus the 315.When you say higher capacity, what do you exactly refer to? Do you refer to higher data rates? Or other parameter? Because the number of supported users is the same.

    Regards,

    Julián

     



  • 6.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 12, 2017 02:08 PM

    Not weird, the AP-325 was the first 11ac Wave 2 we released, the 315 was released later, when we had more options from silicon providers that were later generations of silicon that were more efficient, better power savings, etc. 

     

    325 has dual ethernet, and on the extreme side of client loads (over 100) the 325 is slightly higher performing in our tests. 

     

    if you need dual ethernet 4x4 11ac Wave 2, the 325 is it. If not, the 315 is. If you need MAX performance, the 335 is likely better, but if you plan on running over 100 and can't do the 335, the 325 might be a better option than the 315.

     

    If it were me, I would be deploying 315 and forgo the dual ethernet and deploy more APs. 



  • 7.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 12, 2017 03:09 PM

    Clear, many thanks Jerrod!

     

    Best regards,

    Julián



  • 8.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 06:22 AM

    The AP-345 is cheaper than the 325 and 335 so why would anyone buy the 325 or 335?



  • 9.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 10:09 AM

    @JasT wrote:

    The AP-345 is cheaper than the 325 and 335 so why would anyone buy the 325 or 335?


    Because they have existing deployments that aren't in a position to upgrade to AOS 8.3.



  • 10.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 10:10 AM

    Thanks Charlie, makes sense to me, I thought I was missing somthing else.



  • 11.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 05:01 PM

    Hi,


    @cclemmer wrote:

    @JasT wrote:

    The AP-345 is cheaper than the 325 and 335 so why would anyone buy the 325 or 335?


    Because they have existing deployments that aren't in a position to upgrade to AOS 8.3.


    According to me, if APs 325 and 335 are less powerful than AP 345, they should be cheaper... And what if I have a Instant deployment, I will definitely buy AP 345, more powerful and cheaper...

     

    Regards,

    Julián



  • 12.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 09:37 PM

    @fjulianom wrote:

    Hi,


    @cclemmer wrote:

    @JasT wrote:

    The AP-345 is cheaper than the 325 and 335 so why would anyone buy the 325 or 335?


    Because they have existing deployments that aren't in a position to upgrade to AOS 8.3.


    Not According to me, if APs 325 and 335 are less powerful than AP 345, they should be cheaper... And what if I have a Instant deployment, I will definitely buy AP 345, more powerful and cheaper...

     

    Regards,

    Julián


    Not necessarily less powerful; different functionality.  The 

    @ap-345 can automatically tune both radios to 5ghz or one to 2.4ghz and the other to 5ghz, BUT it requires Airmatch and AOS 8.3.0.0 and above to do that.  If your ArubaOS 8.x deployment does not have an MM, it does not have Airmatch and the AP-345 will not be able to automatically switch radios between 2.4ghz and 5ghz based on coverage.  That means, without an MM in your AOS 8.x deployment, you should not really be purchasing the 345 for that specific functionality.  It can function as a regular access point, but pay attention to the client counts and functionality that @jhoward mentioned concerning the 315 access points and you could put more money towards more access points, depending on your deployment.



  • 13.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Aug 01, 2018 01:39 AM

    Hi Colin,

     

    Thanks for the clarification. Then for the controller managed mode makes sense. For the Instant mode, because you don't need a MM, does it make sense to purchase an AP 335 when you can purchase a cheaper and newest AP 345?

     

    Regards,

    Julián



  • 14.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Aug 01, 2018 06:24 AM

    Julian,

     

    This decision should be based on customer requirements.

     

    You should only consider deploying the AP-345 where you would deploy the AP-335 (highest client capacity, dual ethernet, bluetooth) and all your customer's devices have a 5ghz radio.  It also requires the latest software, so it would not be easy to just put some of these devices for testing in an environment that does not have 8.3.0.0 already.  At this level, it would be about the capability and the fit, and not necessarily about how much it costs.



  • 15.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jan 22, 2019 02:10 PM

    Hi,

     

    Can you tell me the difference between AP 305 and AP 325?

    This is for a busy library which has 3 floors. We have suggested replacing AP225 to 305 or 325. We are looking at probably more than 200-300 users every day. We would be putting more than 3 AP as they have large and bigger room so to cover a different area. we are confused what to suggest them. 



  • 16.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jan 22, 2019 02:11 PM

    Please look at the floor plan



  • 17.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jan 22, 2019 02:15 PM

    Please open a separate thread for your question.



  • 18.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jan 22, 2019 02:16 PM
    Hi

    If the customer has the 225 I would suggest the 345



  • 19.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jul 31, 2018 06:07 PM
    Hi

    AFAIK the ap-345 is the replacement for both the AP-325 & AP-335



  • 20.  RE: AP Comparison

    Posted Jun 12, 2017 01:59 PM

    Hi guys,

     

    Does anyone have answer for my two last questions for totally understand this?

     

    Many thanks,

    Julián