The Brocade Mobility 5181 Access Point, specifically designed for outdoor use, provides enterprise-class wireless networking in harsh physical environments. In addition to a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 4X-modified housing, severe-weather features include integrated lightning arrestors, surge protectors, extreme temperature range operation, and a variety of antenna and power accessories.
A self-assembling, self-healing mesh capability supports Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) extensions to help ensure Quality of Service (QoS) while cost-effectively extending corporate networks beyond and between buildings - with no need to install additional Ethernet cable or fiber. With integrated router, firewall, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), AAA, and hotspot services, the Brocade Mobility 5181 provides a robust outdoor Wireless LAN (WLAN) solution.
Cost-effective network extension in hazardous locations
The Brocade Mobility 5181 has the certifications required for safe operation in the hazardous environments commonly found in the petrochemical, oil and gas, aerospace, and utilities industries. It provides the real-time wireless voice and data connection required to help workers involved in inspecting and servicing mission-critical infrastructure improve their productivity and reduce errors. A real-time connection to plant machinery - such as sensors and metering devices that report temperature, humidity, pressure, and more - helps improve process control, optimizing operations and reducing costs.
Mesh capabilities for self-healing wireless links
Using its mesh capability, the dual-radio Brocade Mobility 5181 can connect to other access points for data backhaul while providing network access to local users. Enabling an array of applications - from simple point-to-point bridges connecting two wired networks to complex multinode, multilink networks - this feature simplifies network extension to outdoor or remote locations. The self-assembling and self-healing aspects of a mesh network make the network more flexible and easier to manage. This, combined with the straightforward configuration interface, greatly simplifies the deployment and maintenance of secure wireless networks of access points.
Adaptive controller-assisted mesh
The Brocade Mobility 5181 supports an adaptive mesh mode of operation in which the mesh access points can be centrally configured from the wireless controller. Local bridging of mesh traffic enables the mesh network to remain fully operational even if connectivity to the wireless controller is lost.
Wireless IPS sensorProduct Highlights
The Brocade Mobility 5181 integrates with the AirDefense Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) for Brocade Mobility sensor firmware, enabling organizations to deploy the access points with one radio configured for WLAN coverage and the second radio configured as a sensor for 24 x 7 compliance monitoring, rogue detection and termination, and troubleshooting. Dedicating a radio for this sensor helps ensure the highest level of security. The integrated sensor also eliminates the need for dedicated sensor hardware and associated cabling, thereby reducing the overall deployment cost.
In The Box
- Provides a robust, reliable enterprise class access point designed to withstand the physical elements in harsh outdoor environments
- Extends the reach of corporate networks in a highly cost-effective manner
- Simplifies management by enabling a flexible, mesh network design
- Integrates router, firewall, and DHCP server Wi-Fi multimedia Quality of Service (QoS) and voice prioritization in a single device
- Brocade Mobility 5181 Wireless LAN Access Point Dual Radio
- Mounting kit