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First EasyMesh Certified Product Is Out. It's An Extender

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by thiggins, Aug 14, 2018.

  1. thiggins

    thiggins Mr. Easy Staff Member

    May 18, 2008
    ARRIS last week announced what it says is the first product to receive Wi-Fi EasyMeshâ„¢ certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

    The VAP4641 is a dual-band two radio extender with four-stream 802.11ac 5 GHz and two-stream 802.11n 2.4 GHz radios. The 5 GHz radio supports MU-MIMO and 160 MHz bandwidth.

    Other features include automatic discovery and setup, automatic Wi-Fi configuration distribution, band steering and 802.11k, v and r roaming assistance.

    Although positioned as a "mesh" solution, the heart of EasyMesh is the draft Multi-AP spec, which is neither mesh-specific nor particularly focused on mesh.

    Arris' announcement included neither price nor availability.
    arthurlien likes this.
  2. Razor512

    Razor512 Senior Member

    Sep 29, 2012
    Seems pretty cool, especially if each device can use a wired backhaul (hoping that is what the single Ethernet port allows).
    Other than that, I would like to know how their automatic discovery works from a security standpoint.
  3. uscallesen

    uscallesen New Around Here

    Feb 22, 2011
    @Razor512 you can find the specifications at WifiAlliance.

    I really hope this gets momentum with the Wi-Fi Routers and AP manufactures - imagine being able to simply add any Easy-mesh supporting AP where you need coverage - and you can potentially keep the "hot spots" in the house on the latest Wi-Fi standard while waiting to upgrade less important areas instead of having to upgrade your entire proprietary Mesh solution..