Aerohive Networks has introduced an innovative new class of wireless infrastructure equipment called a Cooperative Control Access Point (CC-AP). A CC-AP combines an enterprise-class access point with a suite of cooperative control protocols and functions to provide all of the benefits of a controller-based wireless LAN solution, but without requiring a controller or an overlay network. Aerohive Networks implementation of a CC-AP is called a HiveAP.
This cooperative control functionality enables multiple HiveAPs to be organized into groups, or “hives,” that share control information between HiveAPs to enable functions like fast layer 2/layer 3 roaming, cooperative RF management, security and mesh networking. This capability enables a next generation wireless LAN architecture, called a cooperative control wireless LAN Architecture, that provides all of the benefits of a controller-based architecture, but is easier to deploy and expand, lower cost, more reliable, more scalable, more ubiquitously deployable, higher performing and more suitable for voice over wireless LAN than today’s controller-based architectures.
HiveAPs discover each other whether they are connected to each other over a wired network, or wirelessly. When neighbors are found with the same hive or mobility credentials, they can build secure connections to each other. Once the neighbor relationships have been established between HiveAPs, they use cooperative control protocols to provide seamless mobility, cooperative RF management, resiliency and best path forwarding.