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Features of SonicWALL SonicPoint

Secure, high-speed wireless solutions

Dell SonicWALL Wireless Network Security solutions combine highperformance IEEE 802.11ac wireless technology with industry-leading next-generation firewalls. As a result, they deliver enterprise-class wireless performance and security while dramatically simplifying network setup and management.

The solutions are based on:

  • » Dell SonicPoint AC Series wireless access points (SonicPoint ACe and SonicPoint ACi), which support the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards
  • » Dell SonicWALL TZ, NSA and SuperMassive firewalls, which use deep packet inspection technology to detect and eliminate threats over both wired and wireless networks

Benefits

  • ► Superior wireless performance and range
    • » Enhanced signal quality
    • » Increased wireless reliability
    • » FairNet wireless bandwidth allocation
  • ► Comprehensive wireless security
    • » Deep packet inspection technology
    • » Granular security policy enforcement
    • » Virtual access point segmentation
    • » Wireless intrusion detection and prevention
    • » Cloud access control list
  • ► Easy setup and centralized WLAN management
    • »  Flexible wireless deployment options
    • »  Broad standards and protocols support
    • »  Multiple hardware platforms
    • » Low total cost of ownership

Enterprise-level performance

Dell SonicPoints take advantage of the latest capabilities in 802.11ac to deliver up to 1.3 Gbps of wireless throughput — three times that of 802.11n. This enterprise-level performance enables WiFi-ready devices to connect from greater distances and use bandwidth-intensive mobile apps, such as video and voice, in higher density environments without experiencing signal degradation.

Built-in dual radios allow the SonicPoint ACe and ACi to dedicate one radio to the less crowded 5 GHz frequency band, ensuring minimal interference and a higher signal quality, while the second radio operates at the 2.4 GHz band to support legacy 802.11b/g/n clients. With multiple antennas at the transmitter and receiver and support for 3x3 MIMO, SonicPoints are engineered to optimize signal quality, range and reliability.

For organizations with a substantial long-term investment in 802.11n, the Dell SonicPoint N2 features an enterprise wireless chipset, dual radios, high-speed performance and all the advantages that Dell SonicWALL Wireless Network Security solutions offer.

Comprehensive security

In addition to intrusion prevention, SSL decryption and inspection, application control and content filtering, the Wireless Network Security solution also integrates additional security-related features, including wireless intrusion detection and prevention, virtual access points, wireless guest services, cloud access control list and more.

Easy setup and centralized management

Dell SonicWALL Wireless Network Security solutions greatly simplify deployment and setup while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). Integrated into every Dell SonicWALL firewall is a wireless controller that auto-detects and auto-provisions SonicPoints across the network.

Ongoing management and monitoring of SonicPoints and security are handled centrally through the firewall or through the Dell SonicWALL Global Management System, providing network administrators with a single pane of glass from which to manage all aspects of the network - both wired and wireless.

Features and Benefits:

Enterprise-level wireless performance, range and reliability

Superior wireless performance and rangeThe SonicPoint ACe and SonicPoint ACi are based on the 802.11ac standard, which can achieve a data rate of up to 1.3 Gbps, or 3x that of 802.11n, while maintaining a higher performance level at greater ranges depending on environmental conditions.
Enhanced signal qualityThe 802.11ac standard operates in the 5 GHz frequency band, which has fewer wireless devices competing for airspace and is therefore less prone to signal interference. In addition, 802.11ac uses wider 80 MHz channels and has more non-overlapping channels than 802.11n, which operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. All of these features combined yield a higher quality signal.
Increased wireless reliabilityThe increase in bandwidth capacity and greater number of spatial streams combined with 3x3 MIMO and the improved processing offered by 802.11ac, result in more reliable wireless coverage.
FairNet wireless bandwidth allocationSonicPoints support FairNet, which guarantees a minimum amount of bandwidth to each wireless client in order to prevent disproportionate bandwidth consumption by a single user.

Comprehensive wireless security

Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection technologyDell SonicWALL next-generation firewalls tightly integrate Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection® (RFDPI) technology to scan all inbound and outbound traffic on wired and wireless networks and eliminate intrusions, spyware, viruses and other threats before they enter the network.
Wireless intrusion detection and preventionWireless intrusion detection and prevention scans the wireless network for unauthorized (rogue) access points and then the managing firewall automatically takes countermeasures, such as preventing any connections to the device.
Wireless guest servicesWireless guest services enables administrators to provide internet-only access for guest users. This access is separate from internal access and requires guest users to securely authenticate to a virtual access point before access is granted.
Lightweight hotspot messagingLightweight hotspot messaging extends the Dell SonicWALL wireless guest services model of differentiated internet access for guest users, enabling extensive customization of the authentication interface and the use of any kind of authentication scheme.
Captive portalCaptive portal forces a user's device to view a page and provide authentication through a web browser before internet access is granted.
Virtual access point segmentationAdministrators can create up to eight SSIDs on the same access point, each with its own dedicated authentication and privacy settings. This provides logical segmentation of secure wireless network traffic and secure customer access.
Cloud ACLAn extension to local ACL, cloud ACL is deployed and managed from a centralized RADIUS server in the cloud. This eliminates local ACL scalability issues, enabling organizations to configure authentication accounts based on their specific requirements. In addition, MAC authentication can be enforced on all WiFi-enabled devices even if they are not capable of 802.1x support. This adds another layer of protection to the wireless network.
Multi-RADIUS AuthenticationMulti-RADIUS Authentication provides enterprise-class redundancy by enabling organizations to deploy multiple RADIUS servers in active/passive mode for high availability. Should the primary RADIUS server fail, the managing Dell SonicWALL firewall discovers the failure and switches to the secondary server, ensuring wireless devices can continue to authenticate. Further, multi-RADIUS authentication can be supported on each virtual access point and configured for WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise or WPA2-Auto-Enterprise mode.
Granular security policy enforcementNetwork administrators can implement and enforce firewall rules on all wireless traffic and control all wireless client communications to any host on the network — wired or wireless.

Easy setup and flexible, centralized management

Simplified setup and centralized managementSonicPoints are automatically detected, provisioned and updated by the wireless controller in the managing Dell SonicWALL SuperMassive, NSA or TZ Series firewall. WLAN administration is also handled directly from the managing firewall, simplifying setup and centralizing ongoing management.
Plenum ratedSonicPoints are plenum rated for safe installation in air-handling spaces such as in or above suspended ceilings.
Multiple power optionsSonicPoints are powered from a Dell SonicWALL IEEE 802.11at Power over Ethernet (PoE) Injector or third-party device for easy deployment where electrical outlets are not readily accessible. The SonicPoint ACe can also be powered directly through an AC adapter
Light controlsWith dimmable LEDs (excluding power), SonicPoints fit perfectly into environments that need discreet wireless coverage.
Broad standards and protocols supportSonicPoints support a wide range of wireless standards and security protocols, including 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WPA2 and WPA. This allows organizations to leverage prior investments in devices that are incapable of supporting higher encryption standards while easing migration to 802.11ac.

Low total cost of ownership

Low TCOFeatures such as simplified deployment, single pane of glass management for both wireless and security, and no need to purchase a separate wireless controller drastically reduce an organization's cost to add wireless into a new or existing network infrastructure.
Green access pointsSonicPoints reduce costs by supporting green access points, which enables both radios to enter sleep mode for power saving when no clients are actively connected. The SonicPoint will exit sleep mode once a client attempts to associate with it.

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