Secure, reliable performance for remote work

Meet the needs of remote work with desktop APs optimized for the home office/small office with 1.49 Gbps maximum combined speed.

1.49 Gbps maximum combined speed

With 2 spatial streams, these RAPs deliver up to 1.49 Gbps to meet the needs of low and medium density environments.

Wi-Fi 6 Support

Wi-Fi 6 CERTIFIED® with support for OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and Target Wake Time to drive greater efficiency.

Two wired ports

Connect cameras, printers, and other wired devices using the two wired ports.

Cloud-native management

Zero Touch Provisioning and a single pane of glass for unified management across campus, branch, and remote work environments—with HPE Aruba Networking Central.

USB LTE modem option

Add backup cellular with a USB LTE modem.

Extensible desktop design

Includes two wired ports for device connectivity and optional cellular LTE modem—shipped with 12V adapter and localized plug.


HPE Aruba Networking 500R Series Remote Access Points

Desktop Wi-Fi 6 APs with wired connectivity—ideal for remote work and small branch offices.

Meet our cost-effective, desktop Wi-Fi 6 remote AP

HPE Aruba Networking 500R Series Remote Access Points (RAPs) leverage AOS 10 to provide the necessary speed and reliability for typical remote work or small branches.

Greater efficiency with Wi-Fi 6

HPE Aruba Networking 500R Series Remote Access Points (RAPs) deliver greater efficiency across the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands and apply advanced algorithms to dynamically allocate radio resources to ensure application-level SLAs are met.

Simple and secure access

Remote work increases the attack surface in an organization. These RAPs are better protected using new, sophisticated security models such as Zero Trust and SASE. Plus, Wi-Fi 6 enhancements like WPA3 and Enhanced Open provide data encryption and guest password security.

Extended WAN for remote workers

Using remote APs managed by HPE Aruba Networking Central, IT can remotely deploy and centrally manage secure network connectivity across campus, branch, and remote work environments.

Additional information

Number of radios

1, 2

Performance Density

Entry Level, Extreme, High, Moderate, Very High


Hardware variants

    • Remote AP platform (desk mount, wired + wireless access), integrated antennas


Wi-Fi radio specifications
AP type:

    • Indoor, dual-radio, 2.4GHz and 5GHz (dual concurrent) 802.11ax 2×2 MIMO

2.4GHz radio:

    • Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 574Mbps wireless data rate with 2SS HE40 802.11ax client devices (287Mbps for HE20)

5GHz radio:

    • Two spatial stream Single User (SU) MIMO for up to 1.2Gbps wireless data rate with 2SS HE80 802.11ax client devices

Up to 256 associated client devices per radio, and up to 16 BSSIDs per radio

Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply):

    • 2.400 to 2.4835GHz ISM
    • 5.150 to 5.250GHz U-NII-1
    • 5.250 to 5.350GHz U-NII-2A
    • 5.470 to 5.725GHz U-NII-2C
    • 5.725 to 5.850GHz U-NII-3/ISM
    • 5.850 to 5.895GHz U-NII-4

Available bands and channels: Dependent on configured regulatory domain (country)

Dynamic frequency selection (DFS) optimizes the use of available RF spectrum in the 5GHz band

Supported radio technologies:

    • 802.11b: Direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS)
    • 802.11a/g/n/ac: Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
    • 802.11ax: Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) with up to 8 resource units

Supported modulation types:

    • 802.11b: BPSK, QPSK, CCK
    • 802.11a/g/n: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM and 256-QAM (proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ac: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM and 1024-QAM (proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ax: BPSK, QPSK, 16-QAM, 64-QAM, 256-QAM and 1024-QAM

802.11n high-throughput (HT) support:

    • HT20/40

802.11ac very high throughput (VHT) support:

    • VHT20/40/80

802.11ax high efficiency (HE) support::

    • HE20/40/80

Supported data rates (Mbps):

    • 802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11
    • 802.11a/g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54
    • 802.11n: 6.5 to 300 (MCS0 to MCS15, HT20 to HT40), 400 with 256-QAM (proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 867 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 2, VHT20 to VHT80); 1,083 with 1024-QAM (MCS10 and MCS11, proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 574 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE40)
    • 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 1,201 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 2, HE20 to HE80)

802.11n/ac packet aggregation:

    • A-MPDU, A-MSDU

Transmit power:

    • Configurable in increments of 0.5 dBm

Maximum (aggregate, conducted total) transmit power (limited by local regulatory requirements):

    • Per radio (2.4GHz / 5GHz): +21 dBm (18dBm per chain)
    • Note: conducted transmit power levels exclude antenna gain. For total (EIRP) transmit power, add antenna gain.

Advanced Cellular Coexistence (ACC) minimizes the impact of interference from cellular networks

Maximum ratio combining (MRC) for improved receiver performance

Cyclic delay/shift diversity (CDD/CSD) for improved downlink RF performance

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

802.11ax Target Wait Time (TWT) to support low-power client devices



Wi-Fi antennas

    • Integrated omni-directional antennas for 2×2 MIMO with peak antenna gain of 3.9dBi in 2.4GHz and 5.1dBi in 5GHz. Built-in antennas are optimized for horizontal desk mounted orientation of the AP.
      • Combining the patterns of each of the antennas of the MIMO radios, the peak gain of the combined, average pattern is 3.1dBi in 2.4GHz and 3.9dBi in 5GHz.


Other interfaces and features
Uplink (E0): Ethernet wired network port (RJ45)

    • Auto-sensing link speed (10/100/1000BASE-T) and MDI/MDX
    • 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)

Downlink (E1-E2): Ethernet wired network ports (RJ-45)

    • Auto-sensing link speed (10/100/1000BASE-T) and MDI/MDX
    • 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
    • DC power interfaces
    • Circular: 12Vdc (nominal, +/- 5%), accepts 2.1mm/5.5mm center-positive circular plug with 9.5mm length
    • USB-C: 5Vdc (nominal, +/- 5%)

USB 2.0 host interface (Type A connector)

    • Capable of sourcing up to 1A / 5W to an attached device

Built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) for enhanced security and anti-counterfeiting

Visual indicators (two multi-color LEDs): for System and Radio status

    • Tapping the AP housing will toggle the LED mode between off and normal

Reset button: factory reset, LED mode control (normal/off)

Serial console interface (proprietary, micro-B USB physical jack)

Kensington security slot

Automatic thermal shutdown and recovery function


Power sources and power consumption
The AP can be powered using a compatible DC power source, connected to either one of the power interfaces (12V circular or 5V USB-C)

    • The AP ships with a compatible 12V/18W DC power adapter

Maximum (worst-case) power consumption: 15.4W

    • This assumes that up to 5W is supplied to an attached USB device.
    • Maximum (worst-case) power consumption without USB power sourcing is 10.0W

Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in idle mode: 4.0W

    • This assumes no power is supplied to an attached USB device or no device is attached


Mounting details
The AP is intended to be desk mounted; the integrated antennas are optimized for that. It is possible to wall mount the AP, but RF coverage and range will be compromised.


Mechanical specifications
Dimensions/weight (AP-503R; unit):

    • 150mm (W) x 150mm (D) x 39mm (H)
    • 320g

Dimensions/weight (AP-503R; shipping):

    • 240mm (W) x 170mm (D) x 50mm (H)
    • 600g


Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF): 620khrs (71yrs) at +25C ambient operating temperature


Regulatory compliance

CE Marked

RED Directive 2014/53/EU

EMC Directive 2014/30/EU

Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU

UL/IEC/EN 60950

IEC/EN 62368-1

EN 60601-1-1, EN60601-1-2

For more country-specific regulatory information and approvals, please see your HPE Aruba Networking representative.


Regulatory model numbers
AP-503R (all models): APINR503


Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA):

    • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED a, b, g, n, ac
    • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6
    • WPA, WPA2 and WPA3 – Enterprise with CNSA option, Personal (SAE), Enhanced Open (OWE)
    • WMM, WMM-PS, Wi-Fi Agile Multiband
    • Passpoint (release 2)


HPE Aruba Networking’s hardware limited lifetime warranty.


Minimum operating system software versions
Requires HPE Aruba Networking Central 2.5.7 and ArubaOS


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