- 1.49 Gbps maximum real-world speed (HE80/HE20)
- WPA3 and Enhanced Open security
- Built-in technology that resolves sticky client issues for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 devices
- OFDMA and MU-MIMO for enhanced multi-user efficiency
- IoT-ready Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee support
These affordable Wi-Fi 6 access points provide high-performance connectivity for any organization experiencing growing numbers of mobile, IoT and mobility requirements. With a maximum real-world aggregate data rate of 1.49 Gbps (HE80/HE20), they deliver the speed and reliability needed for venues and workplaces such as schools, midsize offices and retailers.
The 500 Series APs are also designed to optimize user experience by maximizing Wi-Fi efficiency and dramatically reducing airtime contention between clients.
Features include Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), multi-user MIMO and cellular optimization. With up to 2 spatial streams (2SS) and 80MHz channel bandwidth (HE80), the 500 Series provides groundbreaking wireless capabilities for budget-conscious deployments.
Read the Multi-User 802.11ax white paper for further information.
Advantages of OFDMA
This capability allows Aruba’s APs to handle multiple Wi-Fi 6 capable clients on each channel simultaneously, regardless of device or traffic type. Channel utilization is optimized by handling each transaction via smaller sub-carriers or resource units (RUs), which means that clients are sharing a channel and not competing for airtime and bandwidth.
Aruba Air Slice™ for Extended Application Assurance
Initially, APs in controller-less mode (Instant) can provide SLA-grade performance by allocating radio resources, such as time, frequency, and spatial streams, to specific traffic types. By combining Aruba’s Policy Enforcement Firewall (PEF) and Layer 7 deep packet inspection (DPI) to identify user roles and applications, the APs will dynamically allocate the bandwidth needed. Non-Wi-Fi 6 clients can also benefit.
Air Slice™ for APs uses Aruba Central for management. Controller-based APs will be supported in a future software release.
Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)
The 500 Series AP support downlink MU-MIMO to maximize the use of its MIMO radio capabilities by simultaneously exchanging data with multiple single stream client devices.
Wi-Fi 6 and MU-MIMO aware client optimization
Aruba’s patented AI-powered ClientMatch technology eliminates sticky client issues by placing Wi-Fi 6 capable devices on the best available AP. Session metrics are used to steer mobile devices to the best AP based on available bandwidth, types of applications being used and traffic type – even as users roam.
Aruba Advanced Cellular Coexistence (ACC)
This feature uses built-in filtering to automatically minimize the impact of interference from cellular networks, distributed antenna systems (DAS), and commercial small cell or femtocell equipment.
Intelligent Power Monitoring (IPM)
Aruba APs continuously monitor and report hardware energy consumption. They can also be configured to enable or disable capabilities based on available PoE power – ideal when wired switches have exhausted their power budget.
Green AP energy efficiency
Aruba Wi-Fi 6 APs utilize analytics from NetInsight to automatically transition in and out of a sleep mode based on client density. Learn more in the Green AP At-A-Glance.
IOT PLATFORM CAPABILITIES
Like all Aruba Wi-Fi 6 APs, the 500 Series includes an integrated Bluetooth 5 and 802.15.4 radio (for Zigbee support) to simplify deploying and managing IoT-based location services, asset tracking services, security solutions and IoT sensors. This allows organizations to leverage the 500 Series as an IoT platform, which eliminates the need for an overlay infrastructure and additional IT resources.
Target Wake Time (TWT)
Ideal for IoTs that communicate infrequently, TWT establishes a schedule for when clients need to communicate with an AP. This helps improve client power savings and reduces airtime contention with other clients.
ARUBA SECURE INFRASTRUCTURE
The Aruba 500 Series includes components of Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric to help protect user authentication and wireless traffic. Select capabilities include:
WPA3 and Enhanced Open
Support for stronger encryption and authentication is provided via the latest version of WPA for enterprise protected networks.
Enhanced Open offers seamless new protection for users connecting to open networks where each session is automatically encrypted to protect user passwords and data on guest networks.
MPSK enables simpler passkey management for WPA2 devices – should the Wi-Fi password on one device or device type change, no additional changes are needed for other devices. Requires ClearPass Policy Manager.
In Remote AP (RAP) and IAP-VPN deployments, the Aruba 500 Series can be used to establish a secure SSL/IPSec VPN tunnel to a Mobility Controller that is acting as a VPN concentrator.
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
For enhanced device assurance, all Aruba APs have an installed TPM for secure storage of credentials and keys, and boot code.
SIMPLE AND SECURE ACCESS
To simplify policy enforcement, the Aruba 500 Series uses Aruba’s policy enforcement firewall (PEF) feature to encapsulate all traffic from the AP to the Mobility Controller (or Gateway) for end-to-end encryption and inspection. Policies are applied based on user role, device type, applications, and location. This reduces the manual configuration of SSIDs, VLANs and ACLs. PEF also serves as the underlying technology for Aruba Dynamic Segmentation.
Each 500 Series AP provides connectivity for a maximum of 256 associated clients per radio (512 in total). In real-world scenarios, the maximum recommended client density is dependent on environmental conditions.
FLEXIBLE OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT
A unique feature of Aruba APs is the ability to operate in either controllerless (Instant) or controller-based mode.
Controller-less (Instant) mode
In controllerless mode, one AP serves as a virtual controller for the entire network. Learn more about Instant mode in this technology brief.
Mobility Controller mode
For optimized network performance, roaming and security, APs tunnel all traffic to a mobility controller for centrally managed traffic forwarding and segmentation, data encryption, and policy enforcement. Learn more in the ArubaOS datasheet.
Available management solutions include Aruba Central (cloud-managed) or Aruba AirWave – a multi-vendor on-premises management solution.
For large installations across multiple sites, APs can be factory-shipped and can be activated with Zero Touch Provisioning through Aruba Central or AirWave. This reduces deployment time, centralizes configuration, and helps manage inventory.
ADDITIONAL WI-FI FEATURES
Each AP also includes the following standards-based technologies:
- Transmit beamforming (TxBF) : Increased signal reliability and range
- Passpoint Wi-Fi (Release 2) (Hotspot 2.0) : Seamless cellular-to-Wi-Fi carryover for guests
- Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) : Optimized use of available RF spectrum
- Maximum Ratio Combining (MRC) : Improved receiver performance
- Cyclic Delay/Shift Diversity (CDD/CSD) : Greater downlink RF performance
- Space-Time Block Coding : Increased range and improved reception
- Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) : High-efficiency error correction for increased throughput
- AP type : Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz and 2.4GHz 802.11ax 2x2 MIMO
- 5GHz radio : Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1.2Gbps wireless data rate with individual 2SS
- HE80 802.11ax client devices, or with two 1SS HE80 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client devices simultaneously
- 2.4GHz radio : Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 574Mbps (287 Mbps) wireless data rate with
- individual 2SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax client devices or with two 1SS HE40 (HE20) 802.11ax MU-MIMO capable client devices simultaneously
- Maximum number of associated client devices: Up to 256 associated client devices per radio
- Maximum number of BSSIDs : 16 BSSIDs per radio
- Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply) :
- 2.400 to 2.4835GHz
- 5.150 to 5.250GHz
- 5.250 to 5.350GHz
- 5.470 to 5.725GHz
- 5.725 to 5.850GHz
- Available channels : Dependent on configured regulatory domain
- Supported radio technologies :
- 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)
- 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
- 802.11ax: Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) with up to 8 resource units
- Supported modulation types:
- 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
- 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM (proprietary extension)
- 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM (proprietary extension)
- 802.11ax: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM, 1024-QAM
- 802.11n high-throughput (HT) support: HT20/40
- 802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support: VHT20/40/80
- 802.11ax high efficiency (HE) support: HE20/40/80
- Supported data rates (Mbps):
- 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
- 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
- 802.11n: 6.5 to 300 (MCS0 to MCS15, HT20 to HT40), 400 with 256-QAM
- 802.11ac: 6.5 to 867 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2, VHT20 to VHT80), 1,083 with 1024-QAM
- 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 574 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE40)
- 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 1,201 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE80)
- 802.11n/ac/ax packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-MSDU
- Transmit power: Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm
- Maximum (aggregate, conducted total) transmit power (limited by local regulatory requirements):
- 2.4 GHz band: +21 dBm (18dBm per chain)
- 5 GHz band: +21 dBm (18 dBm per chain)
- Note: conducted transmit power levels exclude antenna gain. For total (EIRP) transmit power, add antenna gain.
- Two integrated dual-band downtilt omni-directional antennas for 2x2 MIMO with peak antenna gain of 4.9dBi in 2.4GHz and 5.7dBi in 5GHz. Built-in antennas are optimized for horizontal ceiling mounted orientation of the AP. The downtilt angle for maximum gain is roughly 30 degrees.
- Combining the patterns of each of the antennas of the MIMO radios, the peak gain of the combined, average pattern is 4.3dBi in 2.4GHz and 5.6dBi in 5GHz.
- E0: Ethernet wired network port (RJ-45) :
- Auto-sensing link speed (10/100/1000BASE-T) and MDI/MDX
- POE-PD: 48Vdc (nominal) 802.3af/at POE (class 3 or 4)
- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
- DC power interface : 12Vdc (nominal, +/- 5%), accepts 2.1mm/5.5mm center-positive circular plug with 9.5mm length
- USB 2.0 host interface (Type A connector) : Capable of sourcing up to 1A / 5W to an attached device
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5.0) and Zigbee (802.15.4) radio :
- BLE: up to 7dBm transmit power (class 1) and -93dBm receive sensitivity (1Mbps)
- Zigbee: up to 6dBm transmit power and -96dBm receive sensitivity Integrated vertically polarized omnidirectional antenna with roughly 30 degrees downtilt and peak gain of 3.3dBi
- Visual indictors (two multi-color LEDs): For System and Radio status
- Reset button: Factory reset, LED mode control (normal/off)
- Serial console interface : Proprietary, micro-B USB physical jack
- Security slot : Kensington security slot
POWER SOURCES AND POWER CONSUMPTION
- Power Sources: The AP supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet :
- The AP supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet
- When both DC and POE power sources are available, DC power takes priority over POE
- Power sources are sold separately; see the 500 Series Ordering Guide for details
- When powered by DC or 802.3at (class 4) POE, the AP will operate without restrictions.
- When powered by 802.3af (class 3) POE and with the IPM feature disabled, the AP will disable the USB port. In the same configuration but with IPM enabled, the AP will start up in unrestricted mode, but may dynamically apply restrictions depending on the POE budget and actual power. The feature restrictions and order can be programmed.
- Maximum (worst-case) power consumption (without / with a USB device attached):
- DC powered: 8.9W / 14.2W.
- POE powered (802.3at): 11.0W / 16.5W.
- POE powered (802.3af): 11.0W / 13.5W.
- This assumes that up to 5W is supplied to the attached USB device.
- Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in idle mode: 4.3W (DC) or 6.2W (POE).
- Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in deep-sleep mode: 1.7W (DC) or 3.7W (POE).
- Dimensions/weight (AP-505; unit, excluding mount bracket): 160mm (W) x 161mm (D) x 37mm (H)500g
- Dimensions/weight (AP-505; shipping): 193mm (W) x 183mm (D) x 63mm (H) 645g
- Mounting details A mounting bracket has been pre-installed on the back of the AP. This bracket is used to secure the AP to any of the mount kits (sold separately); see the 500 Series Ordering Guide for details.
- Operating conditions
- Temperature: 0C to +50C / +32F to +122F
- Humidity: 5% to 93% non-condensing
- AP is plenum rated for use in air-handling spaces
- ETS 300 019 class 3.2 environments
- Storage and transportation conditions
- Temperature: -40C to +70C / -40F to +158F
- Humidity: 5% to 93% non-condensing
- ETS 300 019 classes 1.2 and 2.3 environments
- Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF): 1.3Mhrs (148yrs) at +25C operating temperature.
REGULATORY AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE
- Regulatory model numbers : APIN0505
- Minimum ArubaOS Release : ArubaOS and Aruba InstantOS 220.127.116.11
- Regulatory compliance (For more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your Aruba representative.)
- CE Marked
- RED Directive 2014/53/EU
- EMC Directive 2014/30/EU
- Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
- UL/IEC/EN 60950
- EN 60601-1-1, EN60601-1-2
- UL2043 plenum rating
- Wi-Fi Alliance:
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED a, b, g, n, ac
- Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6 (ax)
- WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 – Enterprise with CNSA option, Personal (SAE), Enhanced Open (OWE)
- WMM, WMM-PS, Wi-Fi Vantage, W-Fi Agile Multiband
- Wi-Fi Location
- Passpoint (release 2)
- Bluetooth SIG
- Ethernet Alliance (POE, PD device, class 4)