Aruba Instant On AP22 Wireless Router Review 10

Aruba Instant On AP22 Wireless Router Review

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Introduction and Specifications

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Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has released its WiFi 6 devices and was kind enough to offer us an Instant On AP22 access point for review. This is an entry-level WiFi 6 compatible AP costing around $165.

The AP22 is a 2x2 MU-MIMO (Multiple-User Multiple Input/Multiple Output) AP with speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps in the 5 GHz range and 547 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Compared to the AP12, which is WiFi 5 compatible, it loses the 3x3 MU-MIMO and is slower in the 5 GHz spectrum, but with WiFi 6 clients connected, expect the AP22 to be faster despite the lower specifications.


Aruba Instant On AP22 Specifications
WiFi Radio Specifications:
  • Dual radio for simultaneous dual-band operation
  • 5 GHz 802.11ax 2x2 MIMO for up to 1.2 Gb/s wireless data rate, with Multi User MIMO support (WiFi 6)
  • 2.4 GHz 802.11ax 2x2 MIMO for up to 574 Mbps wireless data rate (WiFi 6)
  • Maximum (aggregated, conducted total) transmit power (kimited by local regulatory requirements)
  • 5 GHz band: +21 dBm (+18 dBm per chain, 3 dB MIMO gain)
  • 2.4 GHz band: +21 dBm (+18 dBm per chain, 3 dB MIMO gain)
Antennas:Down-tilt omni-directional antennas for 2x2 MIMO
with peak antenna gain of 4.3 dBi in 2.4 GHz and 5.6 dBi in 5 GHz
(Of the effective, combined pattern for both antennas in each band)
Flash Memory:128 MB
Recommended maximum number of active devices per AP:75
LAN Ports:Uplink gigabit Ethernet port, with PoE-in support (802.3af)
Additional Interfaces:
  • DC power connector (12 V)
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio
  • LED status indicators (2)
  • Reset/LED control button
  • Kensington security slot
Dimensions (H x W x D):37 x 160 x 160 mm (1.5 x 6.3 x 6.3 in)
Weight:500 g (1.1 lb)
  • Power over Ethernet (POE): 802.3af (class 3)
  • Maximum power consumption (worst-case): 10.1 W (PoE), 8.8 W (DC)
  • DC power (12 V)
Power Adapter:External, 100–240 V or 802.3af PoE
Operating Temperature:0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Fan:N/A (passively cooled)
Warranty:2 years
Price excl. VAT (when reviewed):


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