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HPE Aruba Networking 650 Series Wi-Fi 6E APs

Deliver the highest levels of performance with Wi-Fi 6E—greater capacity, wider channels, and less interference.

Meet HPE Aruba Networking’s flagship Wi-Fi 6E access point

With up to 1200 MHz of new channels, capacity is nearly tripled—so you can meet growing demands due to bandwidth-hungry video, increasing numbers of client and IoT devices, and growth in cloud.

HPE Aruba Networking 650 Series APs take advantage of the 6 GHz band for fast, secure connectivity plus configurable 5 Gbps dual Ethernet ports for high availability.

Highly resilient

Provide hitless failover for data and power with two configurable HPE ® Smart Rate ethernet ports that can support 1, 2.5, or 5 Gbps.

Secure connectivity

Supports WPA3 and Enhanced Open as part of the Wi-Fi 6E standard for stronger guest access and data encryption.

Automatic role-based access enforcement

Centrally configure and automatically enforce role-based policies across wired and wireless networks.

Dynamic traffic steering

Load balance traffic for better performance by automatically steering traffic from the 2.4 GHz band to the preferred 5 GHz or 6 GHz band.

Greater capacity with 6GHz

The 650 Series APs are indoor access points that are fully equipped to support the 6 GHz band for faster performance, wider channels, and minimal interference. Our flagship campus Wi-Fi 6E APs deliver 7.8 Gbps maximum aggregate data rates and 4×4 MU-MIMO.

Maximize channel utilization

HPE Aruba Networking’s patented ultra tri-band filtering allows organizations to take full advantage of 6GHz unlicensed spectrum by dynamically adjusting the available channels to eliminate signal interference and performance degradation.

Highly efficient and secure

Wi-Fi 6E extends the  802.11ax standard to the 6GHz band. All the efficiency and security enhancements including orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), Multi-User MIMO, Enhanced Open, and WPA3 are supported.

IoT ready

Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Zigbee support make it easier to deploy and manage IoT, including asset tracking, security solutions, and sensors.

Additional information

Number of radios

1, 2

Performance Density



Hardware variants
  • AP-654: External antenna models
  • AP-655: Internal antenna models


Wi-Fi radio specifications
AP type: Indoor, tri-radio, 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz (concurrent) 802.11ax 4×4 MIMO

2.4GHz radio: Four spatial streams MIMO for up to 1,147Mbps wireless data rate with HE40 802.11ax client devices

5GHz radio: Four spatial streams MIMO for up to 2.4Gbps wireless data rate with HE80 802.11ax client devices

6GHz radio: Four spatial streams MIMO for up to 4.8Gbps wireless data rate with HE160 802.11ax client devices

Both downlink and uplink MU-MIMO in 6GHz and 5GHz, downlink only in 2.4GHz

Up to 512 associated client devices per radio, and up to 16 BSSIDs per radio (limited to 4 for the 6GHz 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
    • 5.925 to 6.425GHz U-NII-5
    • 6.425 to 6.525GHz U-NII-6
    • 6.525 to 6.875GHz U-NII-7
    • 6.875 to 7.125GHz U-NII-8

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 37 resource units (for an 80MHz channel)

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: VHT20/40/80/160(80+80)

802.11ax high efficiency (HE) support: HE20/40/80/160

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 600 (MCS0 to MCS31, HT20 to HT40), 800 with 256-QAM (proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ac: 6.5 to 1,733 (MCS0 to MCS9, NSS = 1 to 4, VHT20 to VHT160(80+80));VHT80); 2,167 with 1024-QAM (MCS10 and MCS11, proprietary extension)
    • 802.11ax (2.4GHz): 3.6 to 1,147 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE40)
    • 802.11ax (5GHz): 3.6 to 2,402 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4, HE20 to HE160(80+80))HE80)
    • 802.11ax (6GHz): 3.6 to 4,804 (MCS0 to MCS11, NSS = 1 to 4,HE20 to HE160)

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/band (2.4GHz / 5GHz / 6GHz): +24 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

Ultra Tri-Band (UTB) enables ultimate flexibility in 5GHz and 6GHz channel selection without performance degradation

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
AP-654: Two sets of four (female) RP-SMA connectors for external antennas (A0 through A3 corresponding with radio chains 0 through 3 for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, and B0 through B3 corresponding with radio chains 0 through 3 for the 6GHz radio). Worst-case internal loss between radio interface and external antenna connectors: 1.0dB in 2.4GHz, 1.0dB in 5GHz and 1.0dB in 6GHz.

AP-655: Integrated downtilt omni-directional antennas for 4×4 MIMO with peak antenna gain of 4.8dBi in 2.4GHz, 5.3dBi in 5GHz and 5.4dBi in 6GHz. Built-in antennas are optimized for horizontal ceiling mounted orientation of the AP. The downtilt angle for maximum gain is roughly 30 to 40 degrees.

    • Combining the patterns of each of the antennas of the MIMO radios, the peak gain of the combined, average pattern is 3.3dBi in 2.4GHz, 2.9dBi in 5GHz and 4.0dBi in 6GHz.
Other interfaces
E0, E1: Two Ethernet wired network ports (RJ-45)

    • Auto-sensing link speed (100/1000/2500/5000BASE-T) and MDI/MDX
    • 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds comply with NBase-T and 802.3bz specifications
    • POE-PD: 48Vdc (nominal) 802.3af/at/bt POE (class 3 or higher)
    • 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE)
    • Link aggregation (LACP) support between both network ports for redundancy and increased capacity

DC power interface: 48Vdc (nominal, +/- 5%), accepts 1.35mm/3.5mm center-positive circular plug with 9.5mm length

USB 2.0 host interface (Type A connector)

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

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5.0) and Zigbee (802.15.4) radio

    • BLE: up to 6dBm transmit power and -101dBm receive sensitivity (125kbps)
    • Zigbee: up to 6dBm transmit power and -97dBm receive sensitivity (250kbps)
    • Integrated omnidirectional antenna with roughly 30 to 40 degrees downtilt and peak gain of 3.5dBi

Advanced IOT Coexistence (AIC) allows concurrent operation of multiple radios in the 2.4GHz band

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

Visual indictors (four multi-color LEDs): for System (1x) and Radio (3x) status

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 supports direct DC power and Power over Ethernet (POE) on port E0 and/or E1

When POE power is supplied to both Ethernet ports, the AP combines power from both sources (SmartPOE feature), using E0 as the primary source and E1 as secondary

When both DC and POE power sources are available, DC power takes priority over POE

Power sources are sold separately; see the 650 Series Ordering Guide for details

The AP supports various power modes depending on the available power source(s) and configuration

    • With IPM disabled, the AP may apply some static restrictions, see tables below
    • With IPM enabled, the AP will start up in unrestricted mode but may dynamically apply restrictions depending on the available power budget and actual consumption. The feature restrictions and order in which these get applied are configurable
    • When powered by direct DC power, the AP operates without restrictions
    • Powering the AP from a single 802.3af (class 3 or lower) POE source is not supported (except for AP staging), regardless of IPM status

Maximum (worst-case) power consumption (without / with a USB device attached):

    • DC powered: 36.0W / 42.5W
    • POE powered: 40.3W / 46.5W
    • This assumes that up to 5W is supplied to the attached USB device

Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in idle mode: 14.3W/20.2W (DC) or 16.9W/22.7W (POE)

Maximum (worst-case) power consumption in deep-sleep mode: 2.4W (DC) or 4.0W (POE)


Mounting details
A mounting bracket has been pre-installed on the back of the AP. This bracket is used to secure the AP to any of the mount kits (sold separately); see the 650 Series Ordering Guide for details.


Mechanical specifications
Dimensions/weight (AP-655; unit without mount bracket):

    • 260mm (W) x 260mm (D) x 60mm (H)
    • 1,800g

Dimensions/weight (AP-655; shipping):

    • 285mm (W) x 285mm (D) x 95mm (H)
    • 2,300g


Environmental specifications
Operating conditions

    • Temperature: 0°C to +50°C / +32°F to +122°F
    • Relative humidity: 5% to 95%
    • ETS 300 019 class 3.2 environments
    • AP is plenum rated for use in air-handling spaces

Storage conditions

    • Temperature: -25°C to +55°C / -13°F to +131°F
    • Relative humidity: 10% to 100%
    • ETS 300 019 class 1.2 environments

Transportation conditions

    • Temperature: -40°C to +70°C / -40°F to +158°F
    • Relative humidity: up to 95%
    • ETS 300 019 class 2.3 environments


Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF): 544khrs (62yrs) at +25°C 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 considerations for AP-654:

    • The AP-654 will be offered in countries where there is an existing or clear and defined path to allow operation of 6 GHz radios with external connectorized antennas, either as a Low Power Indoor (LPI) or Standard Power (SPI) product. Please contact your HPE Aruba Networking representative to confirm (existing or planned) availability for the country where the AP will be deployed.


Regulatory model numbers
AP-654 (all models): APIN0654

AP-655 (all models): APIN0655


UL2043 plenum rating

Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA):

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

Bluetooth SIG

Ethernet Alliance (POE, PD device, class 6)

*Targeting Q2 CY22 to obtain the Wi-Fi Location certification


HPE Aruba Networking’s hardware limited lifetime warranty


Minimum operating system software versions
AP-654 (excluding 6GHz support):

    • ArubaOS and Aruba InstantOS, ArubaOS

AP-654 (including 6GHz support):

    • ArubaOS and Aruba InstantOS, ArubaOS


    • ArubaOS and Aruba InstantOS, ArubaOS


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