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What Kinds of Antennas Are for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points?

June 28 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses

Types of Available Wi-Fi AP Antennas* and Typical Uses

Antennas for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points

Antennas 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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Introducing the Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX 8 Port Gigabit Switch

June 24 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Switches - Cisco Firewall

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Compact Switch Models and Default Software

Cisco Catalyst 2960-X Compact Switch Models and Default Software

Who are the COOL 2960-CX 8 Port Gigabit Switches? They are:

  • Layer 2 compact switches with 8 ports optimized for 1 Gb services
  • Up to 124 Watts of Power over Ethernet Plus (PoE+) power budget per switch
  • Fan-less compact design for quiet and efficient operation; flexible mounting options

Yes! The Catalyst 2960-CX Series Switches are fan-less, small form-factor, Gigabit Ethernet switches and are ideal for high-speed data connectivity, Wi-Fi backhaul, and Power over Ethernet (PoE) connectivity in places where space is at a premium.

Freedom to Connect Devices Anywhere

When you have a tight space, bigger is not always better. So start compact with the 2960-CX 8 port gigabit switch. And expand your network as your company grows. Gain the enterprise features of a larger Cisco switch without using a lot of physical space. Our Catalyst switches bring wired and wireless together through unified access, so you gain scale, security, and mobility.

Features and Capabilities

Created for organizations where space is tight, the compact 2960-CX switch is a powerful 8 port gigabit switch. Because it’s small, you can place it outside the wiring closet. It has a quiet, fan-less design so it’s silent. And it has flexible mounting options.

With a setup that allows for shorter cable runs from the switch, new devices can easily join the network. Shorter cables reduce the need for expensive and inflexible cabling.

Whether in a hospital, retail store, office, classroom, or branch location, this 8 port gigabit switch supports IP connections for devices with PoE+. You don’t need to install new electrical circuits to power your access points and other devices, such as:

  • IP phones
  • Wireless access points
  • Surveillance cameras
  • PCs
  • Video endpoints

Specifications at a Glance

  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports with line-rate forwarding performance
  • 2 x 1 Gigabit Ethernet copper and small form-factor pluggable (SFP) uplinks
  • PoE+ support with up to 124W of PoE budget
  • Advanced Layer 2 (LAN Base) support

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Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX (the right) and 2960-CX (the Left) Compact Switch

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Cisco Catalyst 3560-CX and 2960-CX Series

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What Benefits Can You Get from The Cisco ONE Software?

June 12 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco & Cisco Network, #Cisco License

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

How to make you software buying simple? You may hear about the Cisco ONE Software. Cisco introduced it at Cisco Live last year. And What is the exact Cisco ONE Software? How to make you software buying simple? You may hear about the Cisco ONE Software. Cisco introduced it at Cisco Live last year. And What is the exact Cisco ONE Software?

Cisco ONE Software helps customers purchase the right software capabilities to address their business needs. These products offer a greater value to customers with more features at “better together” pricing. They provide reduced complexity, simplified buying and the peace of mind that today’s software investments today will last into the future. Cisco ONE Software is organized by domains (Data Center, WAN, and Access) and feature sets (Foundation, Advanced Applications, and Advanced Security).

Cisco ONE for Data Center provides functionality for physical and virtualized data centers, across network and compute resources, and provides secure, scalable support for private and hybrid clouds.

Cisco ONE for WAN provides complete functionality for the branch and network edge.

Cisco ONE for Access offers a comprehensive feature set for wired and wireless access.

Finally, Cisco ONE Advanced Security provides a robust set of threat defense capabilities and central policy management. Rather than piece together the features needed, these products provide crossfunctional, use-case-based software sets to enable the performance, scale, and security needed in today’s IT environments.

Cisco ONE Software Includes Three Product Types: Foundation, Advanced Applications and Advanced Security

Cisco ONE Software provides customers with four key benefits:

1. Access to ongoing innovation and new technology from Cisco through Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS)

2. Investment protection of software purchases through software services-enabled license portability

3. Software suites that address typical customer use case scenarios at an attractive price

4. Flexible licensing models to smoothly distribute customer’s software spending over time

Addressing Your Business Challenges

Customers have told us that they want more value for their money, protection for their investments, access to the latest technology, and predictable technology spend. As budgets continue to shrink, IT needs to deliver more capabilities at a lower price point. Companies are tired of “throwing money away” every time they refresh their network, by having to repurchase the software necessary to operate their environment. At the same time, only a small portion of companies are able to adopt the latest technology, either due to budget limitations or the fear of investing in unproven technology. Finally, CFOs are demanding that IT becomes more predictable and consistent with technology spend.

Cisco ONE for Data Center

Cisco ONE for Data Center enables automated, policy-based cloud computing. Reduce cost and increase IT agility by securing private and hybrid cloud deployments for both physical and virtual environments.

The Data Center Foundation products provide functions such as automated application policy mapping, multi-tenancy support and business continuity, unified management, and infrastructure orchestration. These products support varied and demanding data center infrastructures. They are highly scalable, increasing flexibility and responsiveness to changing workloads and business conditions. And they provide extensive integration with automation and orchestration tools.

• The Data Center Advanced Applications products provide additional cloud visibility and control, storage network management, site to site encryption, and cloud infrastructure resource pooling with secure isolation. These products create an open and flexible solution that provides complete freedom in workload placement per business needs, while ensuring the same network security, quality of service (QoS), and access control policies in public cloud as in the data center.

Cisco ONE for WAN

Cisco ONE for WAN provides functions for the branch office and network edge. If you want to implement new branch-office initiatives and secure IP WAN connections, look no further.

• The Foundation for WAN product manages, secures, and optimizes your WAN to:

- Provide great user experiences with application and network performance monitoring

- Help ensure video and other media-rich application performance with application acceleration and WAN optimization

- Enhance security with network access control and encryption

- Gain energy cost savings and power management with Cisco EnergyWise energy management

- Save IT time with zero-touch deployment and protocol visibility

• The WAN Advanced Applications products provide sophisticated capabilities for remote branch facilities to:

- Quickly automate and secure your branch offices with audit tracking

- Expand highly available unified communications across your branches and beyond, even into your service provider network

- Extend rich media capabilities with secure video

- Stay secure with encryption and VPN support

- Enhance application performance by choosing the best path for critical applications

Cisco ONE for Access

Cisco ONE for Access provides performance, control, and security for wired and wireless access.

• The Access Foundation products provide a central policy engine and single management console for converged infrastructure, so you can:

- Simplify management with a single controller for both wired and wireless converged architecture

- Safeguard your network with sophisticated access control

- Improve performance and network analytics with QoS tools

- Improve the user experience with video compression and session management

- Gain deeper levels of application visibility and control with context-aware, secure access

• The Access Advanced Applications products provide guest access identity and advanced intrusion protection, allowing you to:

- Expand business mobility and create unique customer experiences with advanced location services and Cisco Connected Mobile Experience (CMX)

- Enhance security and protect intellectual property with separate virtual networks across your entire infrastructure

- Scale routing and other protocols to meet the needs of even the largest enterprise networks

Security for Cisco ONE Software

Each domain in Cisco ONE Software offers security products for use on external appliances. These products enable you to:

• Safeguard your infrastructure, your web, and your mobile users with next-generation firewall capabilities

• Reduce network operating costs by improving business-critical application performance

• Defend your network in real time while keeping informed of the latest threats

• Maintain network-wide policy consistency and troubleshoot security issues more quickly

In addition, Identity Services for Access allows:

• More fine-grained control with context-aware security

• Business mobility with enhanced integration of mobile device management

Services for Cisco ONE Software Help Simplify Management

Services from Cisco and our certified partners enable the primary features of Cisco ONE Software1 and help you maximize business outcomes and protect your investment. Pairing software and hardware support together provides the best set of benefits to reduce costs and keep your business on track.

For IT strategy and project-based service support, take a look at our professional services portfolio.

1 SWSS required for the first year for perpetual licenses with the option to renew; SWSS is included in the active subscription license for Cisco ONE Security and future subscription offerings.

Software Support Service

Our Software Support Service (SWSS) provides the technical support expertise you need to successfully navigate the rich features and functionality of Cisco ONE Software. SWSS provides access to ongoing innovation and entitlement to license portability, major software upgrades, minor software updates, access to our awardwinning Technical Assistance Center (TAC), and instant access to online resources. By providing an integrated and comprehensive service, we help you quickly resolve issues while seeing cost savings and productivity gains.

Cisco ONE Software Foundation and Advanced Applications suites both use Cisco Software Support Service (SWSS) for ongoing support and maintenance. Your SWSS contract provides:

• Access to the TAC for software issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Major upgrades, minor updates, and maintenance for licensed software applications

• Entitlement to software license portability

• Access to ongoing innovation

• Access to online resources

Software Support Service (SWSS) is required for Cisco ONE Software Suites at point of sale and for continued access to ongoing innovation and license portability beyond year one.

Smart Net Total Care

To help ensure coverage for your Cisco base OS software and hardware, we highly recommend Cisco Smart Net Total Care (SNTC) which provides 24-hour global support for the underlying hardware platforms where Cisco ONE Software is deployed.

Cisco Smart Net Total Care includes access to TAC for hardware, the base OS, and entitlement to smart capabilities to reduce your operating expenses and free your IT staff to focus on business innovation. Entitlement to smart capabilities provides selfservice access to the SNTC portal, free download of the Cisco collector software, and community support for the portal and collector.

SNTC includes:

• Access to the TAC for hardware and base OS software issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

• Software updates for base OS software

• Access to online resources

• Advance hardware replacement

• Entitlement to smart capabilities

Professional Services

Our professional services can be easily attached with Cisco ONE Software. These services have been specially designed to accelerate innovation benefits in your IT environment. To plan and design new IT initiatives, take a look at our Cisco Quick Start Services. And to gain maximum value, Cisco Optimization Services are also available for all data center, WAN, and access capabilities included with Cisco ONE Software.

Benefits for Your Organization

With Cisco ONE Software, your organization gains:

• The software necessary to enable key business solutions at an attractive price point

• Ongoing innovation through major release upgrades and minor updates ensure your software operates smoothly and is always up to date

• Investment protection with services-enabled software license portability across hardware refresh cycles

• Flexibility of license migration from physical devices to virtual machines

• Better budget control with flexible subscription or perpetual buying options

• Faster access to new Cisco software features and products

Reference from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/software/one-software/at-a-glance-c45-731841.pdf

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Mix Cisco Access Points? It’s Okay

June 8 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

FCC 14-30 is a hot topic these weeks. In early June 2016, the FCC published FCC 14-30 Order, which now allows the use of three additional channels (120, 124, and 128) as well as other power adjustment and updated DFS regulations. Cisco’s compliance with new rules requires the assignment of hardware to a regulatory domain, indicating which rules the device complies.

In the following part, let’s read the reviews written by Jim Florwick (a member of the Technical Marketing Engineering team for Cisco's Wireless Business Unit). He talked about Why “It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points”

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: It’s Okay to Mix Cisco Access Points

The new –B regulatory domain was designed to take the place of –A so that access points will be compliant with the FCC 14-30 Order. Per the FCC order, access points shipped before June 1, 2016 are grandfathered to adhere to –A requirements. Access points shipped after the June 1 date must meet the –B requirements. This includes changes in DFS detection requirements, which must re-certify according to the new rules.

I’ve been hearing from a lot of customers who don’t want to mix the two regulatory domains in their networks. But there simply is no reason not to do so.

There are a few nice things in a –B access point that aren’t available in an –A access point. Things that we all want: more 5 GHz channels and more power in U-NII 1. However, other than those minor changes, the –B and –A access points are the same. There are absolutely no operational issues in running both –A and –B on the same controller or controllers.

For example, let’s say you’re adding some access points or building out a new area – and you mix –A and –B access points, what will happen in terms of operations?

If the new channels aren’t added to the DCA list—and by default, they are not—they will not be assigned to any of the –B capable access points. If the new channels are added to the DCA list, it will only be assigned to the –B access points. This won’t be a problem as the clients will still use 120, 124, 128 where it’s available.

I have been in this industry for a long time and I’m not aware of any clients that support U-NII 1, 2, 3 that have failed in these channels. If, for some reason this does happen, simply remove the channels. No harm, no foul.

That leaves different allowed transmit (TX) power. There will be no issues here either – since TPC still works the same as it always has. The Cisco access point product line still operates with a mix of allowed powers in the 5 GHz UNII bands under the –A rules. The Neighbor Discovery Protocol is normalized for this reason and Radio Resource Management (RRM) works just fine. There are no known issues with mixing –B and –A radios in the same air on the same controller. If a user wants to stay consistent about power implications, simply set TPC Max to enforce max power to –A globally and in RF Profiles when in use.

In the last sentence I talked about consistency, and there are a lot of customers—myself included—that just don’t like the idea of a mixing anything. I go so far as to stay away from milkshakes and just eat ice cream cones, when I want a cool treat. But the reality is this is not like mixing Cisco Aironet 1130 and Aironet 3700 Access Points in the same room. Once your –A and –B access points are plugged in and running no one would ever know that a mix existed.

We don’t have operational hiccups absorbing this change like some of our other competitors. At Cisco, we’ve been running mixed environments in Alpha production networks since the Cisco AP 1810 was in development—and that’s a fair amount of time to find irregularities and observe errors. Cisco Mobility Express is built on a –B access point, and supports the –A access points. These devices have been tested over thousands of hours and work as expected.

There is really no reason other than just the perception of a mix to be worried. With that being said, I’m heading down to the ice cream shop and enjoying a frosty milkshake. I hear that they’re really great!

To read the entire Product Bulletin, click here. To read the entirety of Cisco’s response, click here.

…The original article from http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/dont-sweat-the-small-stuff-its-okay-to-mix-cisco-access-points

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What is the Cisco Intelligent Branch?

June 1 2016 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Technology - IT News, #Cisco & Cisco Network

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

What is the Cisco Intelligent Branch? What does it can do for you?

Now Business is going digital, and customers expect multiple ways of interacting with you.

Your competitors are delivering personalized in-store content to visitors over Wi-Fi, such as coupons and sales alerts. Some offer remote consultations and demonstrations.

Staying in the game requires the ability to execute your own creative digital solutions quickly.

You can do exactly that with the Cisco Intelligent Branch, an all-in-one, powerful digital network platform. Use it to deliver digital experiences in stores and at branch offices, where 90 percent of today’s business revenue is generated.1 Deliver differentiating services and new business offers with guest Wi-Fi, rich media content, and cloud applications.

Benefits from the Cisco Intelligent Branch

For Lines of Business:

• Create an immersive digital experience for your workforce and customers.

• Improve mobile, social, and online engagement with customers.

• Gather actionable insights that allow you to build new business offerings.

For IT:

• Get an ownership cost advantage with a pay-as-yougrow model.

• Protect your investment through license portability.

• Get operational simplicity and automated management.

• Gain a scalable and resilient infrastructure for digital business needs.

One Platform, Many Functions

The Cisco Intelligent Branch combines key IT capabilities in a small-footprint, zero-touch deployment platform that’s SD-WAN ready. It consists of a modular Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Router (ISR) running the Cisco Unified Computing System™ E-Series server blade. You can add on network services – wireless LAN, WAN optimization, security, and more – so you can easily activate, change, and replace the functions as your business grows. The Cisco Intelligent Branch works with whatever type of wired or wireless WAN you have.

Intelligent Branch Foundational Components

Cisco 4000 Series ISR

• Integrated Cisco UCS E-Series server blade

• Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN) architecture

Add-On Network Services

Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS) WAN optimization

• Cisco IOS Software Zone-Based Firewall

• Cisco FirePower Virtual Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

• Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller

• Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv)

Use this technology foundation with cloud-based software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications to increase your business agility. You can also use the network as a sensor to protect your business from attack with embedded security. All while gathering intelligence about your users that lets you create new, personalized business offerings and revenue opportunities.

Use Cases

Here are a few sample scenarios for the Cisco Intelligent Branch:

• The bank branch: No mortgage advisor available? Set the customer up with an advisor in another location using telepresence.

• The retail store: Shoppers need help? Use a kiosk and a remote advisor to provide advice. Showcase an e-catalog and enable mobile point of sale on an associate’s tablet. Customers won’t have to stand in long lines anymore.

• The classroom: Stream HD video to students’ tablets so they can attend live classroom sessions from anywhere. Students can also collaborate with each other and with instructors more engagingly in real time, increasing student comprehension.

• The traditional branch office: Use wireless WAN connections to quickly deploy pop-up sites. Empower employees with superior cloud application performance. Increase customer loyalty with mobile and virtual experiences.

“Digital mastery requires companies to acquire, build, and deploy new technology services at speeds that used to be unthinkable. – Digital Predator or Digital Prey?”

Info from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/routers/4000-series-integrated-services-routers-isr/at-a-glance-c45-736379.pdf

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