Aruba Access Point 305

Aruba Access Point 305

Aruba Access Point 305 provides high performance and an excellent user experience for moderate density environments. Featuring 3×3: 3SS MU-MIMO capability, Aruba’s advanced ClientMatch radio management, and integrated Aruba Beacons, the Series 300 enables a cost-effective, wireless digital work environment.

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Aruba Access Point 305 delivers high performance and exceptional user experience for environments with medium density. Featuring 3×3: 3SS MU-MIMO capability, Aruba’s advanced ClientMatch radio management, and integrated Aruba Beacons, the Series 300 enables a cost-effective, wireless digital work environment.

With a maximum concurrent data rate of 1,300 Mbps in the 5GHz band and 400 Mbps in the 2.4GHz band (for an aggregate peak data rate of 1.7Gbps), the entry-level Series 300 delivers an always-on wireless networking experience with the performance required for enterprises. It is ideal for cost-sensitive, medium-density environments across the entire vertical.

The high-performance 802.11ac 300 series supports multiuser MIMO (MU-MIMO) and 3 spatial streams (3SS). It provides simultaneous data transmission to multiple devices (up to two), maximizing data throughput and increasing network efficiency.

The 300 Series includes enhanced ClientMatch technology that extends client steering technology to MU-MIMO client awareness. Automatically identifies MU-MIMO-enabled mobile devices and directs them to the nearest MU-MIMO-enabled Aruba access point. By grouping mobile devices that support MU-MIMO, the network is starting to take advantage of simultaneous transmissions to these devices, increasing their overall capacity. Dynamic roaming policies, based on this device type, help customers achieve the best WLAN performance in mixed device environments during technology transitions.

The 300 Series also has an integrated Aruba Beacon Bluetooth which simplifies remote management of the large-scale battery-powered Aruba Beacons network while providing advanced location and indoor direction search, as well as proximity-based push notification capabilities. This enables businesses to take advantage of 300 SERI ARUBA ACCESS POINTS. Entry-level 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Point mobility context for developing applications that will provide an enhanced user experience and increase the value of wireless networking for organizations.

Select your Operating Mode

Aruba 300 Series AP offers a choice of operating modes to meet your unique management and deployment needs.

  • Controller-managed mode – When managed by Aruba Mobility Controllers, the Aruba 300 Series AP offers centralized configuration, data encryption, policy enforcement and network services, and distributed and centralized traffic forwarding.
  • Aruba Instant mode – In Aruba Instant mode, one AP automatically distributes network configuration to other
  • instant APs on the WLAN. Just power on one Instant AP, configure over the air, and plug in another AP – the whole process takes about five minutes. If WLAN requirements change, the internal migration path enables300 Series
  • instantAPs to become part of a WLAN managed by theMobility Controller
  • AP Remote(RAP) for branch deployment
  • Air monitor (AM)for wireless IDS,rogue detection and containment
  • spectrum analyzer, dedicated or hybrid, to identify sources of RF interference
  • Secure corporate nets

For large installations across multiple sites, the Aruba Activate service significantly reduces deployment time by automating device provisioning, firmware upgrades and inventory management. With Aruba Activate, Instant AP is delivered from the factory to any site and is self-configured on startup.

Dual Radio 802.11ac Access Point with Multi-User MIMO

  • Supports up to 1,300 Mbps in the 5 GHz band (with 3SS / VHT80 clients) and up to 400 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band (with 2SS / VHT40 clients)

Built-in Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) Radio

  • Enable location-based services with a BLE-enabled mobile device that receives signals from multiple Aruba Beacons simultaneously
  • Enable management of your deployment of battery-powered Aruba Beacons

Advanced Cellular Coexistence (ACC)

  • Minimizes interference from 3G / 4G cellular networks, distributed antenna systems and commercial small cell / femtocell equipment. Quality of service for unified communications applications

Quality of Service for Application Visibility and Control

  • Supports priority handling and policy enforcement for unified communications applications, including Microsoft Skype for Business with encrypted video, voice, chat, and desktop sharing

RF Management

  • Adaptive Radio Management (ARM) Technology automatically assigns channel and power settings, provides fair broadcast time, and ensures that the AP is kept clear of all sources of RF interference for a reliable, high-performance WLAN.
  • The Aruba 300 Series AP can be configured to provide part-time or dedicated air monitoring for spectrum analysis and wireless intrusion protection, VPN tunnels for extending remote locations to corporate resources, and wireless mesh connections where Ethernet droplets are not available.

Intelligent App Visibility and Control

  • AppRF technology leverages deep packet inspection to classify and block, prioritize or limit bandwidth for over 2,500 enterprise apps or groups of apps


  • Integrated wireless intrusion protection offers protection and threat mitigation, and eliminates the need for separate RF sensors and security equipment
  • IP reputation and security services identify, classify, and block malicious files, URLs and IPs, providing comprehensive protection against advanced online threats
  • Platform Module Integrated Trusted (TPM) for secure storage of credentials and keys

Intelligent Power Monitoring (IPM)

  • Allows the AP to continuously monitor and report on its actual power consumption and optionally make autonomous decisions to disable certain capabilities.
  • For 300 Series APs, the IPM power saving feature applies if the unit is powered by an 802.3af PoE source. By default, the USB interface will be the first feature to turn off if the AP’s power consumption exceeds the available power budget. In rare cases it may be necessary to take additional power saving measures, but in most cases the 300 Series AP will operate in unlimited mode.

AP-300 Series Specifications

  • AP-304 (controller-managed) and IAP-304 (Instant):
    • 802.11ac – 5GHz 3×3 MIMO (1,300 Mbps max rate) and 2.4GHz 2×2 MIMO (400 Mbps max rate) radios, with a total of three dual-band RP-SMA connectors for external antennas
  • AP-305 (controller-managed) and IAP-305 (Instant):
    • 802.11ac – 5GHz 3×3 MIMO (1,300 Mbps max rate) and 2.4GHz 2×2 MIMO (400 Mbps max rate) radios, with a total of three integrated omni-directional downtilt dualband antennas

Wireless Radio Specifications

  • AP type: Indoor, dual radio, 5GHz 802.11ac 3×3 MIMO and 2.4GHz 802.11n 2×2 MIMO
  • Software-configurable dual radio supports 5 GHz (Radio 0) and 2.4 GHz (Radio 1)
  • 5GHz: Three spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1,300 Mbps wireless data rate to individual 3×3 VHT80 client devices
  • 5GHz: Two spatial stream Multi User (MU) MIMO for up to 867 Mbps wireless data rate to up to two (1×1 VHT80) MU-MIMO capable client devices simultaneously
  • 2.4GHz: Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 400 Mbps wireless data rate to individual 2×2 VHT40 client devices (300 Mbps for HT40 802.11n client devices)
  • Support for up to 255 associated client devices per radio, and up to 16 BSSIDs per radio
  • Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply):
    • 2.400 to 2.4835 GHz
    • 5.150 to 5.250 GHz
    • 5.250 to 5.350 GHz
    • 5.470 to 5.725 GHz
    • 5.725 to 5.850 GHz
  • Available channels: Dependent on configured regulatory domain
  • Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) optimizes the use of available RF spectrum
  • Supported radio technologies:
    • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)
    • 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • Supported modulation types:
    • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
    • 802.11a/g/n/ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM
  • Transmit power: Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm
  • Maximum (conducted) transmit power (limited by local regulatory requirements):
    • 2.4GHz band: +18 dBm per chain, +21 dBm aggregate (2×2)
    • 5GHz band: +18 dBm per chain, +23 dBm aggregate (3×3)
    • Note: conducted transmit power levels exclude antenna gain. For total (EIRP) transmit power, add antenna gain
  • Advanced Cellular Coexistence (ACC) minimizes interference from cellular networks
  • Maximum ratio combining (MRC) for improved receiver performance
  • Cyclic delay/shift diversity (CDD/CSD) for improved downlink RF performance
  • Short guard interval for 20 MHz, 40 MHz and 80 MHz channels
  • Space-time block coding (STBC) for increased range and improved reception
  • Low-density parity check (LDPC) for high-efficiency error correction and increased throughput
  • Transmit beam-forming (TxBF) for increased signal reliability and range
  • Supported data rates (Mbps):
    • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
    • 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
    • 802.11n (2.4GHz): 6.5 to 300 (MCS0 to MCS15)
    • 802.11n (5GHz): 6.5 to 450 (MCS0 to MCS23)
    • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,300 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 3 for VHT20/40/80
  • 802.11n high-throughput (HT) support: HT 20/40
  • 802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support: VHT 20/40/80
  • 802.11n/ac packet aggregation: A-MPDU, A-MSDU

WiFi Antenna

  • AP-304 / IAP-304: Three RP-SMA connectors for external dual band antennas. Worst case internal loss between radio interface and external antenna connector (due to diplexed circuit): 0.8dB at 2.4GHz and 1.6dB at 5GHz.
  • AP-305 / IAP-305: Three integrated dual-band downtilt omni-directional antennas for 3×3 MIMO with a maximum antenna gain of 3.9dBi at 2.4GHz and 5.4dBi at 5GHz. The internal antenna is optimized for the orientation of the Access Point that is mounted on a horizontal ceiling. The tilt angle for maximum gain is approx. 30 degrees.
    • The maximum gain of the combined (summed) antenna patterns for all elements operating in the same band is 5.4dBi in 2.4GHz and 7.6dBi in 5GHz

Other Interfaces

  • One 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet network interface (RJ-45)
    • Auto-sensing link speed and MDI/MDX
    • 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
  • USB 2.0 host interface (Type A connector)
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio
    • Up to 3dBm transmit power (class 2) and -92dBm receive sensitivity
    • Integrated antenna with roughly 30 degrees downtilt and peak gain of 2.3dBi (AP-304/IAP-304) or 3.4dBi (AP-305/IAP-305)
  • Visual indicators (multi-color LEDs): for System and Radio status
  • Reset button: factory reset (as long as the device is on)
  • Serial console interface (proprietary; optional adapter cable available)
  • Kensington security slot

Resources and Consumption

  • AP supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • If both power sources are available, DC power precedence over PoE
  • Power source sold separately
  • takesDirect DC source: 412Vdc nominal, +/- 5%
    • Interface accepts 2.1 / 5.5-mm center-positive circular plug with 9.5-mm length
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): 48 Vdc (nominal) 802.3af / 802.3at compliant source
    • Unlimited functionality with 802.3at PoE
    • When using IPM, APs can enter power saving mode with reduced functionality when supported by 802.3af PoE source (see details on Intelligent Power Monitoring)
    • Without IPM, USB port is disabled when AP is enabled by PoE and 802.3af sources
  • Maximum power consumption (worst case): 13W (PoE) or 11W (DC) Excludes
    • power consumed by external USB devices (and internal overhead); it can add up to 6.5W (PoE) or 5.5W (DC) for 5W / 1A USB devices
  • Maximum power consumption (worst case) in standby mode: 3.7W (PoE) or 2.6W (DC)


  • The AP is shipped with two mounting clips (white) to attach to a 9/16 inch or 15/16 inch flat T-bar tile ceiling
  • Several optional mounting kits are available for attaching the AP to various surfaces; see the Ordering Information section for details


  • Dimensions / weight (unit, excluding stand accessories):
    • 165mm x 165mm x 38mm
    • 460g
  • Dimensions / weight (shipping):
    • 205mm x 205mm x 52mm
    • 620g


  • Operation:
    • Temperature: 0° C to +50° C (+32° F to +122° F)
    • Humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing
  • Storage and transportation:
    • Temperature: -40° C to +70° C (-40° F to +158° F)


  • FCC/Industry of Canada
  • CE Marked
  • R&TTE Directive 1995/5/EC
  • Low Voltage Directive 72/23/EEC
  • EN 300 328
  • EN 301 489
  • EN 301 893
  • UL/IEC/EN 60950
  • EN 60601-1-1 and EN 60601-1-2

For more information on specific country regulations and approvals, please see your Aruba representative.


  • MTBF: 1,116,000hrs (127yrs) at +25C operating temperature

Regulatory Model Number

  • AP-304 and IAP-304: APIN0304
  • AP-305 and IAP-305: APIN0305


  • CB Scheme Safety, cTUVus
  • UL2043 plenum rating
  • Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) certified 802.11a/b/g/n/ac


  • Aruba limited lifetime warranty

Minimum Software Version

  • ArubaOS
  • Aruba InstantOS

RF Performance Table

Maximum transmit power (dBm) per transmit chain

Receiver sensitivity (dBm) per receive chain

2.4 GHz – 802.11b
1 Mbps 18.0 -95.0
11 Mbps 18.0 -88.0
2.4 GHz – 802.11g
6 Mbps 18.0 -92.0
54 Mbps 18.0 -74.0
2.4 GHz – 802.11n HT20
MCS0/8 18.0 -91.0
MCS7/15 18.0 -71.0
2.4 GHz – 802.11n HT40
MCS0/8 18.0 -88.0
MCS7/15 18.0 -68.0
 5 GHz – 802.11a
6 Mbps 18.0 -92.0
54 Mbps 18.0 -74.0
 5 GHz – 802.11n HT20
MCS0/8 18.0 -91.0
MCS7/15 18.0 -71.0
 5 GHz – 802.11n HT40
MCS0/8 18.0 -88.0
MCS7/15 17.0 -68.0
 5 GHz (SU-MIMO) – 802.11ac VHT20
MCS0 18.0 -91.0
MCS9 18.0 -67.0
 5 GHz (SU-MIMO) – 802.11ac VHT40
MCS0 18.0 -88.0
MCS9 17.0 -63.0
 5 GHz (SU-MIMO) – 802.11ac VHT80
MCS0 18.0 -85.0
MCS9 17.0 -58.0