What Kinds of Antennas Are for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points?
In this article we will talk about the Antennas for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points.
We know that Cisco Aironet 802.11n access points include the Cisco Aironet 1260 Series, 1600e Series, 2600e, 3500e Series, 3600e Series, and 1550 Series. These access points require the use of external antennas to make them fully functioning units. Cisco has developed antennas specifically designed for use with 802.11n access points to optimize performance.
Options for Every RF Environment
You can order Cisco Aironet 802.11n and 802.11ac access points with built-in antennas or with RF ports for connecting to external antennas. External antennas can improve your wireless coverage and data rates in certain situations. For example, building materials, floor layouts, distances, and usage patterns sometimes require concentrating radio signals in particular directions or at certain angles to get the fastest data throughput.
An extensive family of single-and dual-band antennas and mounting options for use with Cisco Aironet 802.11n and 802.11ac access points helps you optimize wireless performance in each unique situation (Table: Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses). Indoors. Outdoors. Around corners. In open areas. Down hallways and mine shafts. And in places where aesthetics are important.
Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses (See the Top Figure)
• Improve wireless data throughput
• Match radio signal strength to desired coverage patterns and building layouts
• Manage performance of dualband implementations (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) with full MIMO support
• Get the most out of your 802.11n and 802.11ac access point investments
Why Choose Cisco for your Wi-Fi AP antenna needs?
There are many good reasons for turning to Cisco for your Wi-Fi AP antenna needs:
• Cisco antennas go through complete electrical, mechanical, and environmental testing.
• All Cisco wireless network features are tested with Cisco antennas to help ensure consistent, repeatable performance. Examples of these wireless features are the Cisco radio resource management (RRM), Cisco CleanAir, rogue access point detection, and location services.
• Cisco antenna patterns are integrated with Cisco management and location systems. That means your Cisco Prime Infrastructure and Mobility Service Engine (MSE) will display accurate signal coverage maps and correctly locate clients and unauthorized devices. That’s not possible with third-party antennas.
• You get the full support of the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) when you use Cisco antennas.
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