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H3C WA6120H is a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wall-plate access point (AP) individually developed by New H3C Technologies Co., Ltd. (H3C). It can be widely applied to scenarios such as enterprises, schools, and healthcare.
The AP adopts a dual-band and four-stream design with a maximum access rate of 1.775 Gbps. For 5 GHz radio 2 spatial streams, the maximum negotiation rate is 1.2 Gbps. For 2.4 GHz radio 2 spatial streams, the maximum negotiation rate is 0.575 Gbps.
The AP features flexible installation methods, including 86×86mm panel mounting, wall mounting, and ceiling mounting.
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Wall-Mount series AP uses the international standard wall plate design. Installing an AP is just as simple as installing other switching panels. All it takes is 5 steps in less than 5 minutes which effectively accelerates the wireless network deployment process.
The built-in all-in-one version of the WA6120H AP enables the switching of operating mode as required, to save the implementation costs and is usable upon unpacking.
Fit AP mode
The WA6120H supports the Fit AP mode and can be managed by the wireless controller equipped with the Comware system. In this networking mode, the user can locally manage the APs in batches.
Cloud AP mode
WA6120H supports H3C Cloudnet solution that enables wireless networking without hardware AC and authentication server. It can perform authentications via PPSK, PSK, Portal, SMS, and WeChat. Customized development is implemented for multi-branch scenarios such as hotel chains and supermarkets, enabling features such as easy deployment, hierarchical and decentralized management, smart large screen at headquarters, and customized configuration templates. The Cloudnet smart O&M platform enables users to grasp the status of wireless devices, networks, and terminal devices, and allows for simple management and O&M. This helps to reduce customer capital investment and O&M labor costs, and increase efficiency.
WA6120H supports Quicknet local automatic networking solution. Automatic discovery and construction of devices to achieve unified management of multiple devices and ensure network experience by relying on AP intelligent native technology
The visualized, measurable, and auto-optimized H3C smart O&M system facilitates operation and maintenance and saves labor costs.
The H3C smart O&M system collects and displays rich O&M data via telemetry techniques. On the terminal side, it records the terminal's roaming log, authentication log, signal strength, important packet interaction log, packet loss, latency, etc., and can identify over 150 reasons for terminal failures to go online, over 140 reasons for terminals to go offline, and over 100 reasons for authentication failures. On the AP side, it collects data such as AP association failures, reasons for detaching from the AC, traffic composition of each wired interface, error packet information, radio traffic composition, radio channel utilization, radio interference strength, and WIPS wireless attacks.
The H3C smart O&M system has established a perfect evaluation system to measure the user experience, device health status, and network status, enabling the administrators to view and maintain the network easily.
The changing wireless network, radio environment, services, and user scale require the network to have the ability of automatic issue resolving and network optimization. The H3C smart O&M system features intelligent and progressive optimization. It can identify and analyze network issues automatically, and deliver policies for automatic issue resolving and network optimization. In this way, the network will always have high performance, low interference, and optimal user experience without human interference.
Terminal device access and admission security
With the wireless controller, wireless switches, and authentication system self-developed by H3C, WA6120 can support authentication and encryption via 802.1x, PSK, MAC address, PPPoE, Portal, WeChat, and SMS. This ensures network security.
Wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS)
WA6120 supports WIPS. In combination with the wireless controller/wireless switch, it supports WIPS features such as detection, intrusion detection, as well as blacklist and whitelist of rogue devices at the same time. The WIPS features enable the device to detect, identify, take countermeasures against, and effectively intercept rogue devices.
Wired network security
WA6120H supports wired access and control of APs. The wireless port of APs can be authenticated as an 802.1X client of the wired access network to ensure the legality of the AP. It guarantees the security of the wireless tunnel through encryption methods such as CAPWAP tunnel and DTLS.
Wired network security can be enhanced with the H3C Security Situational Awareness. When the wired terminal detects a security issue in the wireless terminal, a linkage mechanism will be triggered to notify the wireless controller to block the wireless access of the terminal, thereby ensuring network security.
WA6120H supports the radio resource optimization policy (RROP). RROP is a collection of multiple wireless radio optimization methods. It is used to reduce or control the consumption of radio media resources caused by management packets, broadcast packets, and invalid packets. It helps to set aside more resources to provide the users with better wireless application services. RROP mainly contains radio resource optimization policies such as layer 2 isolation for wireless services, disabling low data rate, adjusting the Beacon interval, and disabling the broadcast probe function.
WA6120H supports the station access control policy (SACP), which guides the terminal client to access the optimal AP or wireless service and helps control and schedule the traffic of the terminal devices based on network applications. This improves the overall performance of the entire wireless network and improves the experience and effect of wireless access applications. SACP feature mainly includes terminal control policies such as the prohibition of clients with weak signals, spectrum guide, roaming guide, load sharing, ignorance of packets with weak signals, fair scheduling of radios, traffic shaping based on client link status, and smart bandwidth guarantee.
RRM monitors in real time the environmental conditions such as the utilization rate of radio channels, channel interference, and signal conflict through systematic intelligent radio management. Moreover, it adjusts in real time the radio parameters such as the working channel, bandwidth, and power to maintain optimal radio resource status. In this way, it enables auto network planning and auto network repair.
The wireless AP supports the fast BSS transition feature defined in the 802.11r standard that helps to facilitate the roaming of wireless users, reduce the possibility of network interruptions, and enhance roaming quality.
Through the 802.11k mechanism, the AP and the wireless client perform interactive detection and perceive multi-dimensional network topologies. The AC identifies and comprehensively calculates the roaming timing and access location of the wireless client from a full perspective and negotiates switching with the client via the 802.11v and 802.11r mechanisms. During the switching period, the AC will ensure the traffic of the downlink service, to achieve seamless switching and improve user experience.
Only 11ax access
WA6120H supports the only 11ax access feature. The Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standard, so the users of the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standard can access a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless access device. However, its compatibility causes a decline in the actual performance of devices with high access capabilities such as Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) to some extent. The H3C devices enable the user to set the access mode of a certain radio frequency to only 11ax (only users using Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) can access). This ensures bandwidth transmission and device performance.
Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA)
WA6120H supports OFDMA technology. An AP can divide wireless bandwidth and transmit data to multiple terminals simultaneously via different subcarriers. This reduces transmission latency caused by multi-user radio resource contention and backoffs and improves the user experience of low-latency applications such as speech output and video in multi-user scenarios.
Spatial reuse (SR)
WA6120H supports spatial reuse technology and basic service set (BSS) coloring technology. With these technologies, it identifies the color of the packets at the link layer to control the terminal device and adjusts transmit power to improve the reuse rate of channels in high-density deployment and avoid co-channel interference in case of simultaneous multi-user operation. This greatly improves the utilization rate of spectrum resources.
Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (TWT)
WA6120H supports the target wake times (TWT) technology. It allows the AP to uniformly schedule the wake-up and sleep time of the terminal, reducing contention and improving power efficiency by decreasing unnecessary wake-up times of the terminal.
When the WA6120H AP is connected via a wide area network (WAN), the wireless access points (AP) are deployed in branch offices, while wireless access controllers (AC) are deployed in headquarters. In the traditional forwarding mode, all packets are sent from APs to ACs, and centrally forwarded by the AC. However, for WA6120H, the packets can be converted to wired packets on the wireless access device directly avoiding data packets sent through AC but forwarded locally, which significantly saves wired network bandwidth. Besides, WA6120H supports flexible policy-based forwarding and allows terminal devices of the same wireless service to implement centralized forwarding and local forwarding, so as to release export bandwidth and save costs of network bandwidth.
IPv4 and IPv6 dual stack (Native IPv6)
WA6120H is fully compliant with IPv6 and implements dual IPv4/IPv6 protocol stacks. It can automatically register on the wireless controller and provide wireless services no matter in an IPv4 or IPv6 network via broadcast, multicast, DHCP option 43, or DNS, so that it never runs as an information silo.
End user admission domination
End user admission domination (EAD) integrates network access and terminal security products, and implements enterprise security policies for user terminals that have accessed the network. When working with a security policy server, it can monitor users, remind, isolate, or boot them off when their systems are infected or not patched correctly. Only wireless clients that comply with security policies are admitted. This enhances overall wireless security.
Dimensions (excluding antenna connectors and mounting accessories)
39×160×86 mm (H x W x D)
Local power supply
Internal Omni-directional antenna
3dBi antenna gain @2.4GHz
4dBi antenna gain @5GHz
802.11ax/ac/n/a: 5.725 GHz - 5.850 GHz; 5.47 GHz - 5.725 GHz; 5.15 GHz - 5.35 GHz
802.11ax/b/g/n: 2.4 GHz - 2.483 GHz
OFDM: BPSK@6/9Mbps, QPSK@12/18Mbps, 16-QAM@24Mbps, 64-QAM@48/54Mbps
DSSS: DBPSK@1Mbps, DQPSK@2Mbps, CCK@5.5/11Mbps
MIMO-OFDM(11n): MCS 0-15
MIMO-OFDM(11ac): MCS 0-9
MIMO-OFDM(11ax): MCS 0-11
11b: DSS:CCK@5.5/11Mbps, DQPSK@2Mbps, DBPSK@1Mbps
11a/g: OFDM:64QAM@48/54Mbps, 16QAM@24Mbps, QPSK@12/18Mbps, BPSK@6/9Mbps
11n: MIMO-OFDM:BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM
11ac/ac wave2: MIMO-OFDM:BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM
11ax: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM, 1024QAM
Transmit power (combined power)
20 dBm (Varies depending on local laws and regulations)
Adjustable power granularity
≤15W (include USB)
Reset/restoration to factory default
Operating temperature/storage temperature
-10ºC to +55ºC/-40ºC to +70ºC
Operating humidity/storage humidity
5% - 95% (non-condensing)
GB 4943, EN/IEC/UL 60950-1, EN/IEC/UL 62368-1
EN 55024, EN 55032, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, EN 61000-4-2, EN 61000-4-3, EN 61000-4-4, EN 61000-4-5, EN 61000-4-6, EN 61000-4-8, EN 61000-4-11, EN 60601-1-2, EN 301 489-1, EN 301 489-17
GB/T 2423, GB/T 13543, GB 4208
Radio frequency certification
FCC Part 15, EN 300 328, EN 301 893, and MIIT SRRC
Indoor wall-plate AP (5 GHz 2*2 MIMO + 2.4 GHz 2*2 MIMO)
Controlled by AC
Cloud mode (Fat mode)
Controlled via Cloudnet or operates independently
Mode switching via command lines, ACs, Cloudnet, or reset button
Maximum Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) transmission speed
1.2 Gbps + 0.575 Gbps
5 GHz + 2.4 GHz
Maximum likelihood demodulation (MLD)
Maximal ratio combining (MRC)
Spatial-Time block coding (STBC)
Low-density parity check (LDPC)
Recommended number of clients
Maximum number of SSID
STA offline anomaly check, STA aging, statistics and status query
User number limit
Link integrity check
Broadcast probe acknowledgment control
Prohibition of client access with weak signals
Available in Fit mode
Available in Fit mode
Security control policies
TKIP, CCMP, WPA3, and WAPI
Multiple encryption key triggered dynamic unicast/multicast key update
802.1X authentication, MAC address authentication, PSK authentication, Portal authentication;
Open system/shared key authentication;
Enhanced open system authentication
Mixed access of WPA, WPA2, WPA3, and Pre-RSNA users
Layer 2 user isolation
SSID-based user isolation
Packet filtering, MAC address filtering, and broadcast storm suppression
Wireless endpoint access
Wireless EAD supported
SSID and VLAN binding
Wireless Intelligent Application Aware (wIAA)
Multiple-domain authentication server
Backup authentication server
Layer 2 and layer 3 features
IP address configuration
Static IP or DHCP assigned IP (option 60)
Local forwarding based on SSID+VLAN supported in Fit mode
Ethernet port based 802.1p identification and marking priority
Priority mapping for wired and wireless connection
Strategic QoS mapping
Distinctive QoS policies based on individual SSID/VLAN
Layer 2 to Layer 4 packet filtering and traffic classification
User bandwidth management
Bandwidth allocation per STA
All STAs sharing bandwidth with a common SSID
Dynamical adjusting of the available bandwidth of the STAs in terms of service needs
Traffic-based load balancing
User-based load balancing
Radio-based load balancing for dual-5G devices
Multicast to unicast (IPv4/IPv6)
CAC (Call Admission Control)
Session-based and channel usage-based CAC
Supports audio and video optimization (eMDI/SQA/UCC) in Fit mode
Airtime fairness (ATF)
Green AP mode
Dynamic MIMO power saving
Enhanced automatic power save delivery (E-APSD)
SM Power Save
Management and maintenance
Centralized AC management
Fit mode: supports centralized management
Cloud mode: supports version upgrade and mode switching
Available in Cloud mode
Available in Cloud mode
Available in Cloud mode
Available in Cloud mode
Debug serial port
Available in Fit/Cloud mode