Aruba 500 Series

High performance Wi-Fi 6 access points for medium-density deployments

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  • The Aruba 500 series access points, with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) technology and Aruba’s intelligent software innovations, deliver high performance connectivity for mobile and IoT devices in any environment.

    The 500 series is designed to simultaneously serve multiple clients and traffic types in dense environments, and boosts overall network performance by up to 400% compared to 802.11ac APs.

    The 500 Series also provides differentiated capabilities that include AI-powered RF optimization, Live upgrades, WPA3 and Enhanced Open certified security, and unified wired and wireless policy with Dynamic Segmentation.

    Additionally, Green AP energy savings are available when Aruba’s AI/ML capabilities are enabled.

    • High efficiency

      Incredible efficiency

      Air Slice, available only on Aruba Wi-Fi 6 APs, works with the Policy Enforcement Firewall to enhance OFDMA capabilities with application QoS assurance.
    • Unsurpassed client performance

      Unsurpassed client experiences

      Aruba’s ClientMatch, part of Aruba’s AI-powered mobility solution, intelligently groups Wi-Fi 6 and MU-MIMO capable clients on the best-performing APs to optimize performance and roaming.
    • IoT ready access points

      IoT platform capabilities

      Aruba Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 APs include support for Zigbee and Bluetooth to simplify the deployment and management of IoT services.
    • Wi-Fi Radio Specifications
      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 wireless data rate with individual 2SS HE40 802.11ax client devices or with two 1SS HE40 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:
      802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support:
      802.11ax high efficiency (HE) support:
      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 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.
      Wi-Fi Antennas
      Two (female) RP-SMA connectors for external dual band antennas (A0 and A1, corresponding with radio chains 0 and 1). Worst-case internal loss between radio interface and external antenna connectors (due to diplexing circuitry): 0.7dB in 2.4GHz and 1.3dB in 5GHz.
      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.
      Other Interfaces
      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 indicators (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
      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 units
      • 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 units
      • 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 6.1W (PoE)
      Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in deep-sleep mode:
      1.7W (DC) or 3.3W (PoE)
      Mechanical Specifications
      Dimensions/weight (AP-505; unit, excluding mount bracket):
      160mm (W) x 161mm (D) x 37mm (H)
      Weight: 500g
      Dimensions/weight (AP-505; shipping):
      193mm (W) x 183mm (D) x 63mm (H)
      Weight: 645g
      Mounting details (AP-505):
      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.
      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 Aruba mount kits (sold separately); see the ordering Information section below for details.
      Environmental Specifications
      Operating conditions
      • Temperature: 0°C to +50°C / +32°F to +122°F
      • 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: -40°C to +70°C / -40°F to +158°F
      • 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 +25°C operating temperature
      Regulatory and Safety Compliance
      • AP-504: APIN0504
      • AP-505: APIN0505
      Minimum ArubaOS Release:
      ArubaOS and Aruba InstantOS
      Regulatory compliance (for more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your Aruba representative):
      • FCC/ISED
      • 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)