You’ve long known Adtran as the premier vendor relied on by voice and data carriers for the gear they install in your closet for their voice and data circuits. Now Adtran vWLAN brings great innovation to the wireless market with their break-through vWLAN virtual controllers. No longer do you have to buy the expensive wireless controllers required by the competition.
Premise, Cloud Management, or Subscription – Your Choice!
If you would rather not have an on-site controller, even though it’s free, you can have the exact same features and functionality with a hosted controller, for a very reasonable fee. You can start with one and migrate to the other. Who else can do that? Adtran now adds a subscription program where all products and services can be just a monthly fee – no large upfront costs, moving everything from CapEx to OpEx. This includes many of their switches and routers
High Scalability at Low Cost
Adtran’s virtual controller allows you to drop a virtual appliance on a server and go, handling over 1500 APs with no additional costs! Separating the control plane and data plane makes for great scalability, allowing the AP to direct traffic without sending it through the controller. Greatly reduce costs compared with old controller technology! Avoid future upgrade expenses from having to upgrade controller hardware. If you want a turnkey controller, they are also available at an aggressive price.
Direct Data Paths
Their access points make traffic decisions locally, not requiring traffic to flow to the controller. This is a great benefit on any network, and allows branch office APs without a local controller and without having to backhaul wireless traffic to the main office controller. This provides for lower latency and jitter by lowering the number of hops on the network, especially important for audio (VoIP) and video. It also allows for much better scalability.
Highest Availability, Nonstop Infrastructure
For hitless failover you can employ VMware’s failover features, or vWLAN’s internal failover functionality, keeping each AP in contact with two controllers. Failover can occur without a single packet lost. Who else provides this, and for free?
Security at the Edge
vWLAN puts full stateful firewall functionality at the AP, enforcing policies at the access point instead of letting unwanted traffic traverse your network to get to a conventional wireless controller. Combined with device fingerprinting you can deploy flexible policies based on end user device or OS.
Advanced RF Functionality
Their Dynamic RF can continuously evaluate the RF environment and modify the AP’s RF power and channel settings as needed to achieve optimal RF performance. If an AP goes down, the neighboring APs will automatically increase their power levels to fill the coverage hole.
Traditional band steering is often approached unidirectionally (2.4 GHz to 5 GHz) and steers clients using pre-association steering (upon first connection). The result is an oversaturated 5 GHz spectrum with slow initial associations or connection times, and in some cases, no connection at all.
DynamicSteering is ADTRAN’s innovative solution for steering dual-band clients between radios. Using bidirectional steering, DynamicSteering ensures that clients are connected to the best radio based on their signal conditions. Bidirectional band steering includes upgrade steering (2.4 GHz to 5 GHz) and downgrade steering (5 GHz to 2.4 GHz) which allows optimal utilization of both bands.
Unified User Access
With low cost add-on licensing, you can use your vWLAN system to manage both wireless and wired access through one common interface. No need for two separate access control systems.
Want to upgrade to the latest WiFi standard? Other vendors controllers and switches that have to touch all wireless traffic cannot handle that huge jump in load and require expensive upgrades or replacement.
Now can can have multiple totally separate wireless domains with their own administrators. Combined with the direct data paths, this makes a great way for ISPs to offer managed, cloud-based wireless services. For enterprises wishing to maintain separate wireless domains between locations or business units, yet still enjoy centralized management, vWLAN is your solution.
Guest Access Standard
Most enterprise wireless charges a lot extra for the advanced guest access features vWLAN includes for free.
Adtran Wireless Datasheet PDF
Adtran 802.11ac 2020/2025 Access Point PDF
Adtran 802.11ac 2030/2035 Access Point PDF
Adtran 802.11ac Wave 2 3040/3045 Access Point PDF
Adtran Wireless High Availability PDF – Now free!
Adtran Unified User Access Control PDF
Adtran Case Study Sochi Olympics PDF
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