Ethernet Direct Launches IEEE 802.11AC Industrial Access Points Supporting Wave 2

California, U.S.A., March 2020 – Ethernet Direct, a professional and primary provider of industrial networking and communication solutions introduces IEEE 802.11AC industrial access point supporting wave 2.

The Falcon series FWI-692 is a 2.4GHz and 5GHz IEEE 802.11ac Wave-2 indoor ceiling/wall wireless access point that supports latest Wi-Fi standard. It is designed with 2x2 SU/MU-MIMO technologies, concurrent dual-band operation with aggregated data rate up to 1300Mbps and supports security features such as WEP/ WPA-PSK/ WAP-Enterprise/ WPA2-PSK/ WPA2-Enterprise authenicaion with AES/TKIP encryption. The hardware comes with built-in dual-band 6dBi antenna and supports an operating temperature of -35 to 65℃. Wi-Fi standards are continually evolving to keep pace with growing demand and the FWI-692 is an ideal choice of cost performance indoor ceiling/wall wireless access point

IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless networking standard providing high-throughput wireless local area networks on 5GHz band. The specification has multi-station throughput of at least 1 Gbit per second and single-link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second. The Wi-Fi Alliance separated the introduction of ac wireless products into "Wave 1" and "Wave 2". The Wave 2 compliance includes additional features like MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel width support, support for more 5 GHz channels, and four spatial streams with four antennas. This means Wave 2 products would have higher bandwidth and capacity than Wave 1 products.


  • Supports latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard
  • Supports 2x2 SU/MU-MIMO with two spatial streams
  • Concurrent dual radio opera􀆟on with aggregated data rate up to 1300Mbps
  • Supports radio frequency band from 2.412 to 2.465 GHz & 5.180 to 5.825 GHz
  • Supports flexible operating modes selection, options including AP/Client Bridge, WDS AP/Client/Repeater
  • Supports advance software functions like QoS (WMM), STP, IGMP Snooping, VLAN, DHCP Server, SNMP...etc.
  • Flexible softwaree configuration through WEB/Telnet/SSH for easy management
  • Strong network security with 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, 802.1X authentication with TKIP/AES encryption and MAC Filtering
  • Advanced Wireless functions like Multiple SSID, VLAN assign by SSID, Client Isolation, Site Survey, Bandwidth Control, Hide SSID, Enable/Disable Radio
  • Supports 802.3af PoE or DC power jack connection, bundled with 48VDC PoE Injector

New technologies introduced with 802.11ac include the following: (according to Wikipedia)

  • Extended channel binding: Optional 160 MHz and mandatory 80 MHz channel bandwidth for stations; cf. 40 MHz maximum in 802.11n.
  • More MIMO spatial streams: Support for up to eight spatial streams (vs. four in 802.11n)
  • Downlink multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO, allows up to four simultaneous downlink MU-MIMO clients): Multiple STAs, each with one or more antennas, transmit or receive independent data streams simultaneously.
  • Space-division multiple accesses (SDMA): Streams not separated by frequency, but instead resolved spatially, analogous to 11n-style MIMO.
  • Downlink MU-MIMO (one transmitting device, multiple receiving devices) included as an optional mode.
  • Modulation: 256-QAM, rate 3/4 and 5/6, added as optional modes (vs. 64-QAM, rate 5/6 maximum in 802.11n).

Other elements/features

  • Beamforming with standardized sounding and feedback for compatibility between vendors
  • MAC modifications (mostly to support above changes)
  • Coexistence mechanisms for 20, 40, 80, and 160 MHz channels, 11ac and 11a/n devices
  • Adds four new fields to the PPDU header identifying the frame as a very high throughput (VHT) frame as opposed to 802.11n's high throughput (HT) or earlier. The first three fields in the header are readable by legacy devices to allow coexistence

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