Jun 29 2023

Review: SonicWave 641 Series Wireless Access Point

This device is fast, robust and quickly connects to peripherals — all benefits to state and local governments.

Wireless access points can be the unsung heroes of state and local government networks, which are increasingly supporting citizen services in a connectivity-driven world. Specifically, WAPs play a significant role in facilitating seamless communication, enhancing productivity and improving service delivery.

They enhance connectivity, improve productivity, remain cost-effective and benefit from Wi-Fi 6 advancements.

The SonicWave 641 Achieves High Throughput

To make the move to Wi-Fi 6 smooth sailing for an IT staff, agencies must choose a solid unit such as the SonicWave 641 Series wireless access point from SonicWall, which provides always-on, always-secure connectivity for complex, multidevice environments.

According to SonicWall, the SonicWave 641 uses Wi-Fi 6 technology to increase overall wireless throughput by up to four times when compared with Wi-Fi 5 technology. While reviewing this product, I ran fully 4K video through 10 devices at the same time on my existing Wi-Fi 5 network, then repeated the same test using the SonicWave 641 WAP. I noticed that not only did the SonicWave 641 perform about four times faster than the Wi-Fi 5 network, but latency was cut by about 75 percent as well.

Video feeds buffered and sputtered using the Wi-Fi 5 network; with the SonicWave 641, all 10 feeds were perfect for the duration of the hourslong test.

SonicWave 641 Series Wireless Access Point


Ensuring Devices Stay Connected Anywhere

With local and state agencies leveraging the Internet of Things to improve and deliver citizen services, solutions such as the SonicWave 641 enable IT staff to build and optimize IoT environments. The tiny unit easily paired with many IoT devices in my lab. Everything from security cameras to temperature sensors quickly linked up with the new access point, sharing faster and more reliable connectivity than ever.

Aside from Wi-Fi 6’s key benefits, such as higher data rates, increased capacity, and improved battery life for wireless client devices, fully backward compatibility is another good feature. Even my older devices, which most state and local governments likely have a few of, can connect to the SonicWall WAP.

Wireless access points are essential parts of any modern office setting, and the SonicWave 641 not only provides the best possible speed but also the security and reliability required for government service. Being fully backward compatible is icing on the cake, allowing agencies to modernize piecemeal as needed and providing good connectivity for both old and new equipment in the meantime.


ANTENNAS: Eight internal
DATA LINK PROTOCOLS: 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0 LE, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
POWER: Power over Ethernet (PoE)
WIRELESS LAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0 LE


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