Open Mesh Expands, Adds Depth to its Cloud-Managed Networking Line Up

Apr 17, 2018

Company’s First Router Completes Cloud-Based Ecosystem; New Access Point, Switch Enhancements Boost Performance

PORTLAND, OR | April 17, 2018 – Open Mesh, whose cloud-managed WiFi access points and switches are deployed in more than 100,000 networks worldwide, has introduced its first cloud-managed router, the G200, an addition that completes the company’s local network ecosystem and delivers end-to-end suite of cloud-managed WiFi access points, switches and routers.  Complete with an integrated firewall and a quad core networking processor that provides full gigabit throughput, the G200 delivers best-in-class performance.

Offering further performance enhancements, the company also introduced the A62, its most powerful 802.11 AC Wave 2 access point, as well as a new and enhanced version of its popular S24 switch.   The A62 incorporates a quad core processor and a second 5 GHz radio to deliver higher data throughout, allow greater client density, and the ability to run more applications on the access point simultaneously. The new S24 adds 10GbE SFP+ connectivity and an increased PoE budget.

“The G200, when combined with any of our access points and switches, creates a seamless, end-end, Open Mesh system that can be easily managed through our CloudTrax platform,” said Ryan Detwiller, the company’s general manager.  “It’s a major step forward in achieving our mission of making WiFi easy to install, easy to manage and, because there are no added license fees, extremely affordable.”

According to Detwiller, the G200 is designed to advance the company’s mission of making networks smarter and easier to deploy and manage. When used with Open Mesh’s access points, switches and CloudTrax software, the complete system puts a host of powerful features at a network manager’s fingertips, including usage statistics, client management, and troubleshooting capabilities, as well as router-specific features, such as NAT routing, DHCP server, VPN client and point-to-point, VLAN tagging, and Quality of Service rules.  This allows users to easily scale up to thousands of locations without on-site controllers or expensive licensing fees, while still delivering gigabit throughput due to the quad core processor’s hardware offload and crypto engines. 

The G200 also incorporates passive PoE capabilities on two ports to power up to two A42 or A62 access points.  Said Detwiller, “This a tremendous convenience, because it greatly simplifies the installation process in small office deployments.”

While the new router delivers many new management and performance options, the company’s new A62 access point and S24 switch offer even more performance options.  

The A62 is a universal 802.11ac Wave 2 cloud-managed WiFi access point with one 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz radios employing MU-MIMO transmission technology for maximum throughput and greater capacity. 

“With its additional 5 GHz radio, the A62 can support up to 150 simultaneously streaming devices, an increase of 50% over the A60 access point it replaces and 30% more than the A42 access point,” said Detwiller. The A62 builds on the existing A Series design, which offers universal installation options indoors and out.

Filling out the line, Open Mesh has upgraded its S24 cloud-managed switch, providing 24 Gigabit PoE+ ports and two SFP+ uplink ports to allow 10 Gbps connectivity between switches.  The S24 also offers an increased PoE power budget of 410W; each port can handle as much as 30 Watts, with a total budget of 17 Watts per port across all 24 ports simultaneously.

All three products are available from Open Mesh and its distributors worldwide. The G200 router (MSRP $249) and S24 switch (MSRP $749) are available now, and the A62 (MSRP $225) will begin shipping in May.