An Intro to Aura 150m Series in Under 10 Minutes.

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What is the aura 150m series?

The aura 150m series is a range of high-performance wireless routers with an emphasis on physical security, device management and control. The aura 150m uses technology to support many concurrent Wi-Fi connections, which are key for establishing reliable service in big environments. A lot has changed since the first monolithic routers, and the need to build better networks is quickly becoming more of a necessity than ever before.

Use:

The aura 150m series can be used in locations where there are many people and devices connecting to the network. The routers are small and light weight, and have a small form factor that would be considered small for a desktop computer. They can be used in offices, homes and other wireless networks. This range of wireless routers covers the full

range of wireless networks, and is also suitable for multi-site installations such as an office with a server room, or a hotel with multiple rooms.

Features:

aura 150m series routers are designed to offer the most useful features and functionality. They support up to 256 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections, with a maximum data rate of 750 Mbit/s on the 5GHz band. The 150M offers full backward compatibility with existing 802.11n/b/g devices at all speeds. Additional features include hardware accelerated 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, and a USB 3.0 port for external storage and printer sharing.

Reach:

Aura 150m routers are designed for short range (150 meters) outdoor deployments where reliable access to the internet is required. The 150m range offers indoor coverage at distances of up to 30 meters from the router, which is useful in a large venue like an airport, conference or exhibition space, or even a shopping mall.

Security:

Until now, most wireless routers have used the same basic design and have very similar features; they have used the same frequency bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) that are usually used by mobile phones and standard business networking equipment.

This is the first time a company has moved to a new range of routers that are designed specifically for a new type of network. The 150m series routers have built-in hardware acceleration for the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology, as well as an advanced security system that encrypts all data sent over the network to help prevent sniffing and tampering. Other features include intrusion detection, Network Address Translation (NAT), DMZ zones, dynamic QoS and firewall protection.

Security:

All the code for the 150M routers is open source, and since it’s based on Linux there are a number of security features built in. These include WPA2 Personal and Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, MD5-Salted Hash, WEP 64 bit, MAC address filtering and MAC address checking. User passwords are stored in an encrypted database file, with unique user information stored per Wi-Fi access point. The device has a built in interface for remote configuration using a web browser on a PC or a smartphone device.

Advantages:

With the right hardware and software, the aura 150m series has a number of advantages over other wireless routers. The range is impressive, with coverage up to 10km2 and 3.1Mbit/s on the 2.4GHz band (in an ideal environment) and 20km2 and 800 Mbit/s on the 5GHz band.

Disadvantages:

The wifi throughput of this range appears to be limited by Skyworks’ Wi-Fi chipsets, which do not support 802.11n/b/g channels in excess of 11 channels in any one direction, including unused ones. Its excessive form factor, lack of 802.11n/b/g compatibility, and limited physical security do not match the enterprise image that some businesses want. The cost of the router (as at Q3 2013) is $3079.00 excl GST and includes a 5 Year WTY.

Good or Bad?

Aura 150m series routers are good for applications such as homes, offices and other public locations that require reliable wireless connections. The physical security and management options are a useful feature for larger environments. The wifi throughput is limited by Skyworks’ chipsets, which limit the range of wireless devices that can be used with the router, however adding an 802.11ac Wi-Fi card may alleviate some of these issues. The price tag is high and the form factor large compared to most other routers.

Facts:

The 1.2GHz dual-core Arm Cortex A9 processor is based on the ARM architecture, with 512MB of RAM, 4GB flash and a microSD slot. The device has two mini-PCIe sockets, one for a wireless card or modules and one for an optional mini-PCIe wireless access point. Up to 11 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi radios are supported by the WiBREQ2 chipset, with LTE modem support provided by the RAN&CSA RF class 7 slot.

The management interface allows up to 11 Wi-Fi access points to be created, with each one optionally having a different SSID and password. In addition, the maximum number of users or devices that can be managed by the controller is 250,000. The various configuration options include radio channels and power levels, encryption settings and per user settings including maximum number of connections. This router can also work as a wireless bridge (or access point) when used with a client device (transceiver) through the SATA port on back panel of the router.

Is it worth it?

The price tag on this range of routers is quite high if the Wi-Fi throughput is limited by the technology available. The form factor is also large compared to most other wireless routers. The range of features is large, making it suitable for most networks. The open source code makes it a good choice to fit many environments.

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