HP ProCurve Networking Introduces Wireless Access Point for Enterprises

New Wireless Connectivity Device Provides Secure Mobility in Mid- to Large-sized Deployments
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 27, 2003

Link to Press Kit.HP ProCurve Networking today introduced a wireless access point for mid- to large-sized wireless local area network (WLAN) deployments. The HP ProCurve Wireless Enterprise Access Point 520wl enhances HP Procurve's offering of enterprise-ready mobility solutions designed to securely extend Ethernet connectivity beyond the wire.

"The HP ProCurve product line has always provided a broad range of price and performance options that support complete LAN solutions," said John Barker, president and chief executive officer, Versatile Communications, an HP ProCurve Elite Partner. "With the addition of the new wireless product charter, HP ProCurve now offers comprehensive solutions providing secure and reliable mobile access to the network. Our customers appreciate the simplicity of getting an end-to-end solution from a single vendor and feel confident that they will get the same level of support and quality they have come to expect from HP ProCurve Networking solutions."

A high-capacity device that can simultaneously support two radio technologies, the HP ProCurve Wireless Enterprise Access Point 520wl can accommodate future wireless LAN standards as well as enhancements to current standards, protecting technology investments by allowing upgrades within customers' existing infrastructures.

Engineered to address the industry's most critical wireless security needs, including user authentication and data encryption, the HP ProCurve 520wl supports:

  • IEEE 802.1x port-based access control technology that thoroughly authenticates users before allowing access to network information.
  • Dynamically generated WEP keys and rapid re-keying, in which data is encrypted via a rotating encryption key and sent securely to authenticate users in the system. This enhances the security of the wireless network while simplifying secure network access by eliminating the need for end users to memorize a lengthy password.
  • Two VLANs extending logical LANs at the switch level across the wireless LAN network providing additional access control to network resources.

Accessories that complement the HP ProCurve Wireless Enterprise Access Point 520wl include the HP ProCurve Wireless 802.11b Access Point Card 150wl and the Range Extender Antenna 100wl.

The introduction of the HP ProCurve 520wl also extends support for the HP ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture into the wireless domain. Also announced today (see press release, "New HP ProCurve Networking Architecture Provides for Secure, Mobile, Multi-service Enterprise Networks"), the Adaptive EDGE Architecture enables companies to more affordably manage complex applications -- including mobility, security and convergence -- more effectively, through the use of intelligent technology at the edge of the network. It is the only design that recognizes the necessary addition of functionality to the network edge and gives customers a cost-effective, easy-to-manage solution to achieve command from the center with control to the edge of the network.

"HP ProCurve is committed to changing the way that people think about their networks," said Brice Clark, worldwide director of Strategy and Business Planning, HP ProCurve Networking Business. "Tomorrow's networks will require an integrated solutions approach to workforce mobility that offers seamless and continuous service, network access and control. Intelligent, edge-enabled HP ProCurve solutions enable this new view of network access."

Pricing and Availability

Available now, the HP ProCurve 520wl and associated accessories are priced as follows(1):

HP ProCurve Wireless Enterprise Access Point 520wl$699
HP ProCurve Wireless 802.11b Access Point Card 150wl$119
HP ProCurve Wireless Range Extender Antenna 100wl$139

The HP ProCurve 520wl is configured to support online software upgrades and comes with complimentary phone support plus a 1-year hardware warranty with optional extensions available.

HP ProCurve Networking products, services and solutions -- including Ethernet switches, routing switches, wireless access points and network-management applications -- allow customers to build networks that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability. More information about HP ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at http://www.hp.com/go/hpprocurve.

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(1) Actual prices may vary.

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