Huawei‘s SmartWi-Fi tri-band access point (AP) recently won 2 top global industrial design awards: the Red Dot Award and the iF Product Design Award. Huawei’s tri-band AP integrates appearance and function in its architecture design, and simplicity and compatibility with household environments in its model design. From a user experience perspective, the design is both personalised and easy-to-use.
The Red Dot Award is a coveted prize, which has been awarded by the world-renowned Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany since 1955. This award is known as the industrial design “Oscar”. Applicants for the Red Dot Award are rigorously reviewed and selected. Products eligible to win this award have distinctive features and best-in-class design.
The iF Product Design Award has been awarded annually by Germany’s oldest industrial design institution, the iF International Forum Design, since 1954. This award is reserved for industrial products with excellent product and package design. The award ceremony is held annually during CeBIT in Hannover.
As technologies develop, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking an increasingly large role in people’s lives. As a result, people have increasingly high demands regarding home product appearance and personalisation. Also, as video services such as 4K and virtual reality (VR) continue to grow, ubiquitous Wi-Fi has become a necessity. However, insufficient Wi-Fi coverage and poor through-wall capabilities are pain points faced by most users when they access the Internet and watch ultra-HD videos.
To solve these problems, Huawei released the SmartWi-Fi solution. This solution supports flexible and intelligent networking through APs and multi-media such as Ethernet cables, Wi-Fi, and power line communication (PLC) cables.
This allows the solution to extend Wi-Fi coverage and deliver 100–300 Mbit/s to any location within a house. Through software and hardware optimisation, this solution enables wider Wi-Fi coverage and better performance. Huawei’s tri-band AP is a flagship product in the SmartWi-Fi solution.
This AP exclusively uses 5 GHz for internal backhaul transmission. It supports dual-band Wi-Fi access and uses 5 GHz+2.4 GHz+5 GHz to ensure wider Wi-Fi coverage and higher rates. Moreover, this AP can form a distributed mesh Wi-Fi network with a Huawei high-end ONT and DSL gateway. This network can meet the needs of high-speed Internet (HSI), gaming, and 4K video streaming in large houses or villas.
Zhou Jun, president of Huawei’s Access Network Product Line, stated “Winning both awards in Germany means that the industry highly recognises Huawei’s innovation capabilities in the home network field. In the future, Huawei will continue to innovate to improve end users’ home network experience and help operators build high-quality broadband.”
Huawei’s access network home terminals include PON ONTs, XGS-PON ONTs, DSL copper gateway series, innovative fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) gateways, and multi-band APs. These products have been applied in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. To date, Huawei’s Access Network Product Line has delivered over 350 million fixed terminals globally. Among the world’s top 50 operators, 42 chose Huawei’s fixed home terminals.