Sophos, who pride themselves on their innovative cybersecurity solutions, has announced the Sophos AP6 Series to support the shift to hybrid environments with a new generation of remotely managed Wi-Fi 6 access points. The new offering adds another feature to Sophos’ secure access portfolio, which includes Sophos Switch and Sophos Firewall.
“With cloud-managed Wi-Fi, Sophos is addressing the need for more scalable, remote-managed Wi-Fi solutions that support the increasing number of connected devices and the proliferation of IoT systems,” said Daniel Cole, vice president of product management at Sophos. “This combination of our Sophos AP6 Series and Sophos Switches provides channel partners with a consolidated single vendor access solution strategy, easing the burden and overhead cost of managing multiple disparate systems from different vendors. Many access layer networks are still operating at 1 Gigabit speeds. With the significant performance enhancements in Wi-Fi 6, the industry has a great opportunity to review and modernize the network ecosystem that wireless is deployed into. Sophos’ solution dissolves a common bottleneck at the physical layer and can boost the total network performance of a company’s Wi-Fi infrastructure.”
The Sophos AP6 models – which include the 420E, AP6 840, AP6 840E and the outdoor AP6 420X – contain at least one built-in 2.5 Gigabit interface for faster LAN connectivity. When combined with the Sophos multi-Gigabit switches, which also support 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, companies can unlock faster speeds across the entire network. With the AP6 420E and 840E devices, which support Wi-Fi 6E, companies can also use the 6 GHz band, which is a newer, less congested space, that offers high performance for the latest devices.
A further advantage is that Sophos access points can be remotely managed in the cloud-based Sophos Central platform alongside a wider range of solutions than any other vendor. This gives partners the ability to oversee all customer installations, respond to alerts, and track licenses and upcoming renewal dates via a single, intuitive interface. Moreover, an on-premises interface gives administrators the advantage of using on-AP settings.
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