HPE R8M98A Aruba Networking AP-503-RW Access Point

HPE ArubaSKU: R8M98A


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HPE Aruba Networking 503 Series WI-FI 6 campus access points [R8M98A]

Affordable Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for low-to-medium-density indoor environments

Key features

  • 1.49 Gbps maximum real-world speed (HE80/HE20)
  • WPA3 and Enhanced Open security
  • Built-in technology that resolves sticky client issues
  • OFDMA for enhanced multi-user efficiency
  • IoT-ready Bluetooth 5 and Zigbee support (requires optional radio dongle)
  • Offered as optional eco-friendly 10-packs


The HPE Aruba Networking 503 Series Access Points (APs) provide cost-effective, high-performance connectivity for any organization experiencing device growth due to increased mobility, the shift to cloud, or IoT. With a maximum real-world aggregate data rate of 1.49 Gbps (HE80/HE20), the 503 Series deliver the speed and reliability needed for medium-density venues and workplaces such as schools, midsize offices, and retailers. Each 503 Series AP provides connectivity for a maximum of 256 associated clients per radio (512 in total).

Optimized user experience

The 503 Series APs are designed to optimize user experience by maximizing Wi-Fi efficiency and dramatically reducing airtime contention between clients.

Features include orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) and cellular optimization. With up to 2 spatial streams (2SS) and 80 MHz channel bandwidth (HE80), the 503 Series provides the next generation of wireless capabilities for cost-conscious deployments


Advantages of OFDMA

This capability allows HPE Aruba Networking’s APs to handle multiple Wi-Fi 6 capable clients on each channel simultaneously, regardless of device or traffic type. Channel utilization is optimized by handling each transaction via smaller sub-carriers or resource units (RUs), which means that clients are sharing a channel and not competing for airtime and bandwidth.


HPE Aruba Networking Air Slice™ for application assurance

HPE Aruba Networking Air Slice™ delivers application assurance in order to optimize the user experience. By allocating radio resources such as time, frequency, and spatial streams to specific traffic types, HPE Aruba Networking APs can provide SLA-grade performance to client devices, whether they support Wi-Fi 6 or prior standards.

HPE Aruba Networking Air Slice™ relies on HPE Aruba Networking’s Policy Enforcement Firewall and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) to identify user roles and applications so that bandwidth can be dynamically allocated to ensure performance. Air Slice is available for APs running controller-less mode (Instant) and with HPE Aruba Networking Central; controller-based APs will be supported in a future software release.



Product Description
HPE Aruba Networking AP-503-RW - Campus - radio access point - Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax

Device Type
Radio access point

Form Factor
External - indoor

Data Link Protocol
IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ax

Frequency Band
2.4 GHz, 5 GHz

Maximum data rate (5 GHz): 1.2 Gbps ? Maximum data rate (2.4 GHz): 574 Mbps

Wireless clients per Wi-Fi radio: 256 ? BSSIDs per radio: 16 ? OFDMA units: 8

OS Required
ArubaOS, InstantOS

Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Supported
PoE Class 3

Dimensions (WxDxH)
3.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 14.5 cm

255 g

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