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Earlier this year, Extreme Networks oriented its go-to-market strategy around the redefinition of “mobility”–that is, how everything goes mobile–content, applications, devices and people. This vision involves more than a wireless edge, it requires a robust wired core and access edge, which is the sweet spot of traditional Extreme.
Last week though, Extreme stepped out of its comfort zone and launched its first wireless product–the Altitude 4511 wall plate access point or “Snap-On WiFi” solution. The Snap-On WiFi access point is one of the cooler products I have seen in awhile. It’s an access point in a wall jack form factor. Grab any wired wall plate, unscrew it, unplug the wire and plug it in to the Altitude 4511. That’s it. Instant wireless where there was none before.
Sure, there are other ways to solve the problem, you could actually plug a full size access point into the wall jack and mount it on the desk or the wall. Alternatively you could get out your site planning tools and extend the wireless network to that location. But those methods seem rather time consuming and overkill for a product that takes under five minutes to install. It also sits nice and flush to the wall and takes up no actual room. There’s a few different flavors as well in case the installer wants to put in wireless only, or wireless plus a couple of wired ports for anything that might require a cable to connect to the network.