End-of-Life Announcement for AP420

Due to global chip shortage experienced by manufacturers across the globe, WatchGuard will cease production of AP420 therefore affecting our distribution to resellers.

NOTE: Renewals are still available for already purchased Hardware.
 

Today, due to the global chip shortage, we announce the end-of-sale (EOS) for the AP420 in our access point hardware portfolio. The AP420 is part of our current hardware generation, but due to the specific challenges sourcing hardware that can provide appropriate performance and reliability, the EOS for this specific model is earlier than we planned.

As the market continues to evolve towards more complex levels of security, manufacturing vendors across the globe are facing challenges sourcing hardware and chips for aging technology. Previous-generation Wi-Fi chips, like the chips in WatchGuard Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) hardware, are increasingly difficult to source and are quickly becoming outdated.

Below, Table 1 describes the end-of-sale and end-of-life milestones, definitions, and dates for the AP420. Table 2 lists the product SKUs affected by this announcement. Due to the inability to source hardware, WatchGuard may expedite these milestones outside of the normal announcement process.

This announcement affects AP420 hardware, accessories, and corresponding management licenses, and includes the AP420 in both the Cloud and local management mode. Please note, renewals are still available for purchased hardware.

Table 1 – EOS and EOL Milestones for AP420

Milestone

Definition

Date

End-of-Sale

The date WatchGuard will no longer sell new AP420 Hardware

November 1, 2021

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