Aruba IAP-205 Business Class Wireless AC Access Point

Aruba IAP-205 series is one of high performance business and enterprise class wireless AC access point, an enterprise class AP product with simplicity of an entry level wifi network with virtual controller technology. Aruba networking is part of Hewlett Packard Company a mature networking technology company you can trust.

What this product does

Like other wireless access points in general either business class AP such as Ubiquiti & Linksys AP or home wifi AP such as TP-link AP500 AP , you connect the AP device to your existing wired network typically to the switch, so does Aruba IAP-205 series.

POE support

Aruba IAP-205 is equipped with single Gigabit Ethernet port with POE support to allow you connect to the network to create an instant wifi network for your businesses. With Access Point with POE support, you don’t need to provide power outlet for your AP device in location where no power outlet is available. You just run a single CAT5e / CAT6 network cable to support both data and power cable.

AC1200 based AP

Aruba IAP-205 series is based on wireless AC1200 standard delivering speeds up to 867Mbps @5GHz band and up to 300Mbps @2.4GGhz band, dual band simultaneously. It comes with built-in 4x Omni-directional antennas with 2×2 MIMO technology.

Virtual controller

The best thing with this AP product is the easiness in deploying and configuring the APs with virtual controller technology. You can install up to 16 Aruba APs easily and the first device becomes primary virtual controller and the good thing is that when this primary controller is failure it will failover to another Aruba AP device automatically. With Aruba instant mode, the primary virtual controller will automatically distribute network configuration to other instant APs in the network.

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Aruba IAP-205


  • Enterprise class Wireless AC access point with easy and instant configuration
  • Based on AC1200 dual band
  • Speeds up to 867Mbps @5GHz band and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz band
  • 2×2 MIMO technology with 4x integrated Omni-directional antenna
  • Virtual controller technology with automatic failover
  • Up 16 Aruba APs controlled by a single AP
  • 3 a/b/g/n/ac Energy Efficient Ethernet ( EEE )
  • POE support

Aruba IAP-205 is one of best wireless ac access point for business and enterprises, easy to deploy with virtual controller technology.

In the market you can find various models of POE wifi access point products for businesses including Linksys with its LAPAC series for example Linksys LAPAC1750, TP-link with its EAP series such as TP-link EAP330, Ubiquiti with its Unifi UAP series such as Ubiquiti PRO and still more.


Let’s have a look an example of product comparison between Aruba IAP-205 and Linksys LAPAC1750. Table 1 shows you spec comparison between Aruba and Linksys.

Wifi technology

Wifi speeds are technically different knowing that the network segment is different, Aruba is in AC1200 network segment with two spatial data stream technology while Linksys is in faster network segment (AC1750) with three spatial data stream.

Multiple number of spatial data streams delivers more bandwidth. Today technology in spatial data streams develops more advanced, for example what Linksys introduced in Linksys WRT 3200AC is using three spatial data streams with 160Mhz instead of traditional 80Mhz delivering speeds up to 3 x 867Mbps (2.6Gbps) in 5zGhz band. This is the fastest dual band wireless ac router in the market.

Operating modes

Traditionally wireless AP device can be configured in multi operation modes including AP, WDS and Bridge like what Linksys offered in LAPAC1750. Aruba introduces enterprise class AP with different technology. in Aruba instant AP mode you can deploy up to 16 APs and is controlled by a single Aruba AP as primary virtual controller automatically. No worries if this primary AP will be failure, it will failover to another AP automatically.

Aruba IAP-205 offers patented Client-Match technology to eliminate sticky client behavior while roaming and AppRF technology to enable prioritization and policy enforcement for business critical enterprise apps.

While Linksys is like traditional wireless ac access point with single point control.

Table 1 Aruba IAP-205 Vs Linksys LAPAC1750

 Aruba IAP-205Linksys LAPAC1750
Wifi technologyAC1200AC1750
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz band

300Mbps @2.4Ghz band

1300Mbps @5GHz band

450Mbps @2.4Ghz band

Antennas4x internal antennas

2×2 MIMO technology

Internal with 3×3 MIMO antenna technology and high power
POE supportYes, 802.3af

1x Gigabit LAN port

Yes, 802.3at

1x Gigabit LAN port

Operating ModesAruba Instant AP

Mobility Controller-managed APRemote AP (RAP) for branch deployments

Air monitor (AM) for wireless IDS, rogue detection and containment

Spectrum analyzer, dedicated or hybrid

Secure enterprise mesh



Workgroup Bridge

Wifi featuresVirtual controller technology  

RF management – automatic channel assignment, airtime fairness

Spectrum analysis

Patented ClientMatch™ technology

AppRF technology

Single Point Control: Clustering  

Band steering


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