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Cisco LAP (Lightweight Access Point), Some Questions

April 9 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

Cisco LAP (Lightweight Access Point), Some Questions

Cisco LAP (Lightweight Access Point), Some Questions

A LAP is an AP that is designed to be connected to a wireless LAN (WLAN) controller (WLC). The LAP provides dual band support for IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g and simultaneous air monitoring for dynamic, real-time radio frequency (RF) management. The Cisco LAP is part of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture. In addition, Cisco LAPs handle time-sensitive functions, such as Layer 2 encryption, that enable Cisco WLANs to securely support voice, video, and data applications.

APs are “lightweight,” which means that they cannot act independently of a wireless LAN controller (WLC). The WLC manages the AP configurations and firmware. The APs are “zero touch” deployed, and individual configuration of APs is not necessary. The APs are also lightweight in the sense that they handle only real-time MAC functionality. The APs leave all the non-real-time MAC functionality to be processed by the WLC. This architecture is referred to as the “split MAC” architecture.

You cannot configure the LAP to operate independent of a wireless LAN controller (WLC). LAPs cannot function independent of WLCs. LAPs function in conjunction with a WLC only. The reason is that the WLC provides all the configuration parameters and firmware that the LAP needs in the registration process.

LWAPP (Lightweight AP Protocol) is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) draft protocol that defines the control messaging for setup and path authentication and run-time operations. LWAPP also defines the tunneling mechanism for data traffic.

A LAP discovers a controller with the use of LWAPP discovery mechanisms. The LAP sends an LWAPP join request to the controller. The controller sends the LAP an LWAPP join response, which allows the AP to join the controller. When the LAP joins to the controller, the LAP downloads the controller software if the revisions on the LAP and controller do not match. Subsequently, the LAP is completely under the control of the controller. LWAPP secures the control communication between the LAP and the controller by means of a secure key distribution. The secure key distribution requires already provisioned X.509 digital certificates on both the LAP and the controller. Factory-installed certificates are referenced with the term "MIC", which is an acronym for Manufacturing Installed Certificate. Cisco Aironet APs that shipped before July 18, 2005, do not have a MIC. So these APs create a self-signed certificate (SSC) when they are upgraded in order to operate in lightweight mode. Controllers are programmed to accept SSCs for the authentication of specific APs.

And what is CAPWAP?

In controller software release 5.2 or later, Cisco lightweight access points use the IETF standard Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points protocol (CAPWAP) in order to communicate between the controller and other lightweight access points on the network. Controller software releases prior to 5.2 use the Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP) for these communications.

CAPWAP, which is based on LWAPP, is a standard, interoperable protocol that enables a controller to manage a collection of wireless access points. CAPWAP is being implemented in controller software release 5.2 for these reasons:

  • To provide an upgrade path from Cisco products that use LWAPP to next-generation Cisco products that use CAPWAP
  • To manage RFID readers and similar devices
  • To enable controllers to interoperate with third-party access points in the future

LWAPP-enabled access points can discover and join a CAPWAP controller, and conversion to a CAPWAP controller is seamless. For example, the controller discovery process and the firmware downloading process when you use CAPWAP are the same as when you use LWAPP. The one exception is for Layer 2 deployments, which are not supported by CAPWAP.

You can deploy CAPWAP controllers and LWAPP controllers on the same network. The CAPWAP-enabled software allows access points to join either a controller that runs CAPWAP or LWAPP. The only exception is the Cisco Aironet 1140 Series Access Point, which supports only CAPWAP and therefore joins only controllers that run CAPWAP. For example, an 1130 series access point can join a controller that runs either CAPWAP or LWAPP whereas an 1140 series access point can join only a controller that runs CAPWAP.

For more information, refer to the Access Point Communication Protocols section of the configuration guide.

Is it a regular AP or a LAP? The easiest way to distinguish between a regular AP and a LAP is to look at the part number of the AP.

  • LAP (Lightweight AP Protocol [LWAPP])—Part numbers always begin with AIR-LAPXXXX.
  • Autonomous AP (Cisco IOS Software)—Part numbers always begin with AIR-APXXXX.

The Cisco Aironet 1000 Series LAPs are an exception to this criteria. The part numbers of the 1000 series LAPs are:

  • AIR-AP1010-A-K9 for a 1010 LAP
  • AIR-AP1020-A-K9 for a 1020 LAP
  • AIR-AP1030-A-K9 for a 1030 LAP

Note: The part numbers can vary, which depends on the country and regulatory domain. The part numbers that this list provides are just examples.

Make sure that you order the appropriate AP for your wireless LAN (WLAN).

These Cisco Aironet AP platforms are able to run LWAPP:

  • Aironet 1500 Series
  • Cisco Aironet 1250 Series
  • Aironet 1240 AG Series
  • Aironet 1230 AG Series
  • Aironet 1200 Series
  • Aironet 1130 AG Series
  • Aironet 1000 Series
  • Aironet 1140 Series AP

Note: The 1140 Series AP is supported only with WLC that runs 5.2 release or later.

Note: You can order these Aironet APs with Cisco IOS Software to operate as autonomous APs or to operate with LWAPP. The part number determines if an AP is a Cisco IOS Software-based AP or an LWAPP-based AP. Here are examples:

  • AIR-AP1242AG-A-K9 is a Cisco IOS Software-based AP.
  • AIR-LAP1242AG-P-K9 is an LWAPP-based AP.

Note: The 1000 Series APs and the 1500 Series APs are exceptions to this criterion. All the 1000 Series APs and the 1500 Series APs support only LWAPP.

How do I install and configure an LWAPP-enabled access point? LWAPP-enabled APs are part of the Cisco Integrated Wireless Network Solution and require no manual configuration before they are mounted. The AP is configured by an LWAPP-capable Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC). Refer to the Quick Start Guide LWAPP-Enabled Cisco Aironet Access Points for information on how to install and initially configure an LWAPP-enabled access point.

If I want to configure my LAP and my wireless LAN controller (WLC) together, what shall I do? LAPs use Lightweight AP Protocol (LWAPP), and when they join a WLC, the WLC sends the LAPs all the configuration parameters and firmware. Refer to the Wireless LAN Controller and Lightweight Access Point Basic Configuration Example for a basic setup.

Also you cannot connect an autonomous AP to a wireless LAN controller (WLC) and expect the AP to work. Only LAPs work when they are connected to a WLC. Autonomous APs do not understand the Lightweight AP Protocol (LWAPP) or the CAPWAP protocol that the WLC uses. In order to connect an autonomous AP to a WLC, you must first convert the autonomous AP to lightweight mode.

The number of APs supported per WLC depends on the model number:

  • 2106—A standalone WLC that supports up to 6 APs with 8 Fast Ethernet interfaces.
  • 4402—A standalone WLC that supports either 12, 25, or 50 APs.
  • 4404—A standalone WLC that supports 100 APs.
  • 5500—A standalone WLC that supports 12, 25, 50,100, or 250 access points for business-critical wireless services at locations of all sizes.
  • WLCM—A WLC module that is specifically designed for Cisco's Integrated Service Router (ISR) series. It's currently available in a 6, 8 or 12 AP version.
  • WS-C3750G—A WLC that supports either 25 or 50 APs that comes integrated with the Catalyst 3750 switch. The WLC's backplane connections appear as 2-Gig Ethernet ports that can be configured separately as dot1q trunks to provide connection into the 3750. Or the Gig ports can be link aggregated to provide a single EtherChannel connection to the 3750. Because the WLC is integrated directly, it has access to all of the advanced routing and switching features available in the 3750 stackable switch. This WLC is ideal for medium-sized offices or buildings. The `50 AP' version can scale up to 200 APs when four 3750s are stacked together as a virtual switch.
  • WiSM—A WLC module that is designed specifically for Cisco's Catalyst 6500 switch series. It supports up to 300 APs per module. Depending on the 6500 platform, multiple WISMs can be installed to offer significant scaling capabilities. The WiSM appears as a single aggregated link interface on the 6500 that can be configured as a dot1 trunk to provide connection into the 6500 backplane. This module is ideal for large buildings or campuses.

Reference from http: //www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/docs/wireless/aironet-1200-series/70278-lap-faq.html

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802.11ac Solution, Benefits & Migration

March 30 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

wifi-80211ac

wifi-80211ac

802.11ac vs. 802.11n
802.11ac vs. 802.11n

802.11ac is important? Do you want to upgrade to 802.11ac? Why? 802.11ac addresses the speed and capacity challenges facing the next-generation unified access network

● Wi-Fi is the primary access method for all new devices.

● Cisco VNI trend data shows that by 2016 over half of all IP traffic will originate on fixed Wi-Fi.

● Chip manufacturers have accelerated their delivery timetables for 802.11ac to meet device manufacturers’ demands.

● Wi-Fi is assumed. Device manufacturers have never included Ethernet ports on smartphones or tablets, and they are no longer including Ethernet ports on laptops.

Benefits of 802.11ac

802.11ac offers longer battery life, more bandwidth, greater client density, and fast client adoption.

Longer battery life: Better airtime utilization means devices are on and off the network more efficiently, conserving precious battery life.

More bandwidth: Three to four times higher throughput than 802.11n means users have better experience for data, voice, video, virtual desktops, etc.

Greater client density: More users and more devices per user can be accommodated.

Fast client adoption: Client devices such as smartphones and tablets are adopting 802.11ac faster than 802.11n.

802.11ac radios also support 802.11a/n clients.

● Most enterprise-grade access points provide at least two radios: 2.4 GHz for 802.11b/g/n and 5 GHz for 802.11a/n.

● 802.11ac is offered only in the 5-GHz band.

802.11g/a/n vs. 802.11ac

The differences are found in frequency, speed, modulation, battery savings, and channel width.

Frequency Band: 802.11n operates in both the 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz band. Both 802.11a and 802.11ac operate in 5 GHz band only.

Speed: Some of the latest generation of 802.11n access points have a maximum datarate of 450 Mbps. Wave 1 of 802.11ac provides a maximum datarate of 1.3 Gbps, and Wave 2 will offer a maximum datarate of 6.9 Gbps.

Modulation: 802.11ac provides 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) vs. 64-QAM for 802.11n. Basically, when you have better modulation, you can transport more data. 802.11ac can operate up to three times faster than 802.11n.

Battery savings: Since 802.11ac devices are more efficient over the air, they transmit for shorter intervals, conserving battery life. 802.11ac has been shown to improve battery life by up to 2x over 802.11n.

Channel width: 802.11n allows a 20 MHz and 40-MHz channel. 802.11ac allows up to 80-MHz channels in Wave 1 and 160-MHz Channel in Wave 2.

Has the 802.11ac standard been ratified? Yes; the ratification and publication of 802.11ac by IEEE was completed December 9, 2013, and ANSI approved it on December 11, 2013. (The 802.11 timeline updates can always be found under the “RevCom & Standards Board Final or Continuous Process Approval” at http://www.ieee802.org/11/Reports/802.11_Timelines.htm.)

What is the difference between Wave 1 and Wave 2 of 802.11ac?

The biggest difference is that Wave 1 802.11ac is available now and the expectation is that 802.11ac Wave 2 will come to market in CY15.

● 802.11ac Wave 2 will require new hardware, so it will not simply be a software upgrade to current 802.11ac platforms.

The main features of 802.11ac Wave 1 include: The maximum datarate is 1.3 Gbps; Channel bonding support for 80 MHz (mandatory); Three spatial streams, single-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO); Two spatial streams are mandatory for non-battery-powered access points; Only one spatial stream is mandatory for battery-powered access points and clients; Faster modulation: 256-QAM

The main features expected in 802.11ac Wave 2 include: Multi-user MIMO; Up to 8 spatial streams; 160-MHz-wide channels; Maximum datarate is 6.9Gbps

Why deploy 802.11ac Wave 1?

◦ You can expand your network and adopt 802.11ac Wave 1 today, instead of buying 802.11n or waiting for Wave 2, which won’t be available until 2015.

◦ 802.11ac Wave 1 represents fundamental improvements and enhancements to 802.11n in terms of client performance due to three to four times higher throughput than 802.11n.

◦ Device users can expect to have better experience for data, voice, video, virtual desktop, etc.

◦ Wider channel bandwidth in 802.11ac means more real estate to support higher client density in conference rooms, auditoriums, and stadiums.

◦ Client devices are adopting 802.11ac faster than 802.11n.

◦ Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are on and off the network faster with 802.11ac, thereby conserving battery life.

What benefits can I expect with 802.11ac Wave 2?

◦ MU-MIMO switch-like behavior will allow for an even higher number of concurrent Wi-Fi devices.

◦ Higher throughput is expected with the additional spatial streams and 160-MHz-wide channels.

How does Cisco support 802.11ac? Cisco also offers the Aironet 2700 and 3700 Series Access Points, both of which have integrated 802.11ac Wave 1 radios. Cisco also offers an 802.11ac module that can be added to the Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Points.

● The Cisco Aironet 3700 Series also support a modular architecture that allows expansion to the Wireless Security Module, the 3G Small Cell Module, and support for future technology such as 802.11ac Wave 2.

Both the Cisco Aironet 3700 and 2700 Series supports Cisco’s High Density Experience (HDX) technology.

● Cisco’s HDX High-Density Experience is a purpose-built Innovative Chipset designed specifically for the high performance environments of 802.11ac.

● The features of HDX includes:

◦ Turbo Performance which Scales to Support More Devices

◦ Running High Bandwidth Apps

◦ Optimized Roaming which Intelligently Decides the Proper

◦ Access Point as People Move

◦ Cisco’s CleanAIr with 80MHZ channel support which mitigates interference and improves channel capacity

◦ Cisco’s ClientLink 3.0 which improves legacy and 802.11ac Client performance

◦ Cross AP Noise Reduction (future) which enables dense Access Point Coexistence/implementation

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What Items You Need When Ordering a Cisco Aironet 1530 Outdoor AP?

January 27 2015 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

If you want to order a Cisco Aironet 1530, do you know what basic item you will get?

The body access point, power supply, Antennas, and software….That’s not enough.

 A fully operational system requires at least the following items: Access point, Power source, Antennas: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, or dual band (Cisco Aironet 1532E Outdoor Access Point only), Mounting bracket, Software selection.

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Note that accessories are available as configurable options and as spares. An equal sign (=) at the end of the part number indicates that the part is a spare: for example, AIR-PWRINJ1500-2=.

Basically, the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series is available in two models:

● Cisco Aironet 1532I (internal antennas): The Cisco Aironet 1532I Outdoor Access Point is a low-profile, lightweight model in the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series. The smaller size and sleeker look helps it blend in with the surrounding environment. The Cisco Aironet 1532I access points are dual-radio systems with internal antennas and comply with IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) and 802.11a/n (5 GHz) standards. The 2.4-GHz radio is a 3x3 multiple-input and multiple-output (MIMO) radio that supports up to three spatial streams. The 5-GHz radio is a 2x3 MIMO radio that supports two spatial streams.

● Cisco Aironet 1532E (external antennas): The Cisco Aironet 1532E Outdoor Access Point is also a low-profile and lightweight model, but it supports a flexible radio coverage area through the use of external antennas. With the unique Cisco Flexible Antenna Port technology, the antenna ports can be software configured for dual-band or single-band operation.

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series Models

Part Number

Description

AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9

802.11n Low-Profile Outdoor AP, Internal Ant., x Reg Dom.

AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9

802.11n Low-Profile Outdoor AP, External Ant., x Reg Dom.

In Table above, “x” is a placeholder for the regulatory domain designator. Please see http://www.cisco.com/go/aironet/compliance to determine which regulatory domain is used in your country. Note that the regulatory domain used in your country might differ depending on access point model and that some models are not available for all countries.

The following items are included with every model:

● Access point

● Grounding lug

● DC power connector

● One liquid-tight adapter for sealing the cable ingress connection

● Sealant for the antenna connections

● Antiseizing compound for the mounting brackets

 

In the following part, we will introduce each item of a Cisco Aironet 1530 Series that is required in your deployment.

Network Connection

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points can connect to the network wirelessly or through a wired Ethernet connection.

● Wireless: An access point that connects to the network through another access point over a wireless backhaul is known as a mesh access point (MAP). The backhaul radio is built in, and no wired connection is needed for MAPs. An access point that acts as the gateway for mesh nodes is known as a root access point (RAP). RAPs connect to the network through a wired Ethernet connection. In these cases, a liquid-tight adapter is provided with the access point to seal the cable entry.

● Ethernet: The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series supports 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet using a shielded RJ-45 connector with minimum Category 5 cable. Please see your local supplier for an outdoor-rated cable and shielded connectors.

 

Power

Powering Options for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number

AC

DC

Power over Ethernet (PoE)

AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9

AC/DC adapter

24-57 VDC

UPoE or PoE+(802.3at)*

AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9

AC/DC adapter

24-57 VDC

PoE+(802.3at)

*When the Cisco Aironet 1532I is powered using Enhanced PoE (PoE+) power, the access point will automatically disable one of the 2.4-GHz transmitters.

AC Power

To power the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series from an AC power source, an external AC/DC power adapter is required. When powering the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series from streetlight power, please note that the maximum voltage is 277 VAC and requires the power adapter and the street light tap. The following lists the power adapter and tap part numbers.

AC/DC Power Adapter and Streetlight Tap

Part Number

Description

AIR-PWRADPT-1530=

Power Adapter (AC/DC) - Outdoor AP1530 Series

AIR-PWRADPT2-1530=

Power Adapter (AC/DC) - Outdoor AP1530 Series, for Japan only

AIR-PWR-ST-LT-R3P=

Power cord, 4 ft, Streetlight Tap

Power over Ethernet

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series can be powered over the Ethernet connection. Power can be sourced directly from an appropriately powered switch port or from an inline power injector. The approved power injectors are listed in Table 4.

Power Injector for Use with Power over Ethernet

Part Number

Description

AIR-PWRINJ1500-2=

1520/1550/1530 Series Power Injector

AIR-PWRINJ-30=

Power Injector - 30W for AP1530 - Spare

You must also specify the country type power cord for the power injector. The AIR-PWRINJ1500-2= and AIR-PWRINJ-30= power injectors are for indoor environments only.

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points use a standard RJ-45 Ethernet connector. Cisco does not provide an Ethernet cable for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series. You will need to source an outdoor-rated, Category 5 or better Ethernet cable and shielded RJ-45 connectors from a local supplier. A liquid-tight gland is provided with the access point to seal this cable entry point from weather.

DC Power

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points support power from an external 24 to 57 VDC power supply with a minimum of 30 watts (W). A terminal block is included with your access point for this purpose, with liquid-tight adapter to weatherproof the connection. When using DC power, please consult the hardware installation guide for instructions on how to correctly assemble the connector.

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series can be installed with redundant power sources. When multiple power sources are available, the access point will use power in the following priority: DC power & PoE

Antennas

The Cisco Aironet 1532E access points are equipped with a combination of radios operating in the 2.4- and 5-GHz bands. Both radios can support two transmit and two receive streams using Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC), which takes advantage of multipath signals received across the two antennas to improve signal quality.

The table below describes the antennas available for the Cisco Aironet 1532E access points, listing part numbers for the antennas as well as gain and other details.

Antennas for the Cisco Aironet 1532E Access Point

Part Number

Frequency Band

Gain

Type

Required Quantity

AIR-ANT2547VG-N

2.4/5 GHz

4/7 dBi

Omnidirectional

2

AIR-ANT2547V-N

2.4/5 GHz

4/7 dBi

Omnidirectional

2

AIR-ANT2588P3M-N=

2.4/5 GHz

8/8 dBi

Directional

1

AIR-ANT2450V-N

2.4 GHz

5 dBi

Omnidirectional

2

AIR-ANT2480V-N

2.4 GHz

8 dBi

Omnidirectional

2

AIR-ANT2413P2M-N=

2.4 GHz

13 dBi

Directional

1

AIR-ANT5180V-N

5 GHz

8 dBi

Omnidirectional

2

AIR-ANT5114P2M-N=

5 GHz

14 dBi

Directional

1

For additional antenna specifications, see the Cisco Aironet Antenna and Accessories Reference Guide.

The access points are provided with a moldable sealant to protect the antenna connector from weather. Consult the installation guide for proper installation.

Lightning Arrestors

When you use cables between the antenna and the Cisco Aironet 1532E access point, Cisco recommends that you add lightning arrestors to each port, particularly when the deployment is in an area with high lightning activity. The lightning arrestor listed in Table 6 provides robust protection against induced currents in the RF cabling generated by nearby lightning strikes.

Note: The lightning arrestor does not protect against direct lightning strikes on the access point.

Lightning Arrestor for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number

Description

AIR-ACC245LA-N=

2.4 and 5 GHz Lightning Arrestor, N Connector

 

Mounting Brackets

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series outdoor access points can be mounted on poles or walls. The standard vertical, pole-mounting brackets can be ordered as an option or as a spare. The mounting brackets with tilt mechanism can be ordered separately as a spare.

Mounting Brackets for the Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number

Description

AIR-ACC1530-PMK1 (=)

Standard Pole/Wall Mount Kit for AP1530 Series

AIR-ACC1530-PMK2=

Pole Mount Kit for AP1530 Series with Tilt Adjustment

Both pole-mount kits include two sets of stainless-steel bands to fit poles from 2 to 8 inches in diameter. For larger poles, consult a local provider.

 

Software Requirements

The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series requires the minimum software releases noted in the following table.

Minimum Software Releases

Part Number

Minimum Software Release

AIR-CAP1532I-x-K9

Software Release 7.6 or later

AIR-CAP1532E-x-K9

Software Release 7.6 or later

Additional functions are available for the access points with more recent releases. Please see the applicable release notes for more information about features available with newer releases.

Software Ordering Option

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series access points can be deployed in unified or autonomous mode. The access point boots in the default mesh mode and can reboot in autonomous mode with a command-line interface (CLI) command. Both unified and autonomous images are included in the software part number in Table 9.

Software Option for Cisco Aironet 1530 Series

Part Number

Description

SWAP1530-CMB-A1-K9

1530 Series Combined Unified and Autonomous SW

 

Optional Items

Cover and Solar Shield

Cisco 1530 Series outdoor access points can be deployed with an optional paintable cover to enable the access point to blend into the surroundings.

Accessory Kit

Additional cable glands and other spare items are available in an accessory kit (Table 10). This kit contains the following items:

● 10 cable glands

● 1 console port cover

● 2 Ethernet and power port covers

● 1 DC power connector

● 1 ground lug and screws

Cisco Aironet 1530 Series Accessories

Part Number

Description

AIR-ACC1530-CVR=

Cover and Solar Shield for AP1530 Series

AIR-ACC1530-KIT1=

Spare accessory kit for AP1530 Series

If you want to place an order of Cisco Aironet 1530, you can consult router-switch.com’s representative for additional assistance in ordering mesh and other Cisco networking equipment.

 

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Cisco Indoor 802.11ac Access Point Comparison

October 28 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

In order to address these emerging trends, Cisco offers a new-generation of access points, the Cisco Aironet 3700, 3600, 2700, and 1700 for 802.11ac deployments Series, and the 3600, 2600, and 1600 Series. These access points extend spectrum intelligence, antenna density, and client acceleration to new price points in the mainstream. The product line also offers options that support the IEEE Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac.

The second generation Cisco Aironet Access Point portfolio addresses a broad range of requirements for enterprise-class wireless services and provides industry-leading performance for secure and reliable radio-frequency (RF) connections. Whether you require entry-level wireless connectivity for a small enterprise, mission-critical coverage at thousands of locations, or best-in-class performance with investment protection for high-density environments, you can rely on Cisco’s broad access point portfolio.

The Aironet 2700 (3x4 MIMO) and 3700 (4x4 MIMO) are newer products and offer built-in support for 802.11ac via internal or external antennas, depending on the model.

The Aironet 2700 and 3700 are also slated to support the next generation Wave 2 module that will be released in the future as the development evolves. All three of these options are controller based (only) and support a wide selection of controller options.

Designed for small, medium-sized enterprise network, Cisco Aironet 1700 Series Access Points is entry-level access points that offes the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology to meet the growing needs of today’s wireless network while providing offers the right value to help customers ease into 802.11ac networking.

The Cisco Aironet 1700 Series Access Points support 802.11ac Wave 1standard capabilities that allow you stay ahead of growing bandwidth requirements as:

• More wireless clients associate with the network

• More users tap into bandwidth-heavy multimedia applications

• Mobile workers increasingly use multiple Wi-Fi devices

The Cisco Aironet 1700 Series Access Points is a component of Cisco’s series of flagship, 802.11ac-enabled Aironet Series access points that deliver robust mobility experiences.

• Entry-level access point for small to midsized organizations, including retail, manufacturing, education, and branch offices

• Attractive price and performance for migrating to 802.11ac

• 802.11ac Wave 1 support with 3 x 3 MIMO, two spatial streams

• Cisco CleanAir Express spectrum intelligence across 20-, 40-, and 80-MHz-wide channels

• Optimized access point roaming which intelligently decides the correct access point as people move

• Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) equalization for better uplink performance

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series is a dual-band, 802.11ac supported Wi-Fi Access Point optimized for adding capacity and coverage to dense Wi-Fi networks. It also serves the performance needs of the latest BYOD clients now shipping with 802.11ac connections

 Delivering high performance for any small, medium-sized, and large enterprise network, the Aironet 2700 Series uses a purpose-built chipset with best-in-class RF architecture. It has been created specifically to take advantage of all the new speed and function of the latest Wi-Fi technology standard but at a price point that lets you ease into 802.11ac networking.

The main Feature Comparison of Cisco Aironet 802.11ac G2 Series Indoor APs

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From Left to Right: 1700 Series vs. 2700 Series vs. 3700 Series

Cisco Aironet 802.11ac G2 Series Indoor Access Points

1700 Series

2700 Series

3700 Series

Wi-Fi standards

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Ideal for

Small and midsize enterprises

Midsize or large enterprises that require advanced features

Midsize or large enterprises that require mission-critical traffic

Site type

Small and midsize offices, schools, warehouses

Midsize office, school or warehouse

Large office, midsize, or large warehouse

Application performance profile

802.11ac migration

High client density environments
802.11ac migration

High client density HD Video/VDI
802.11ac* migration
Comprehensive security

Future-proof modularity

N/A

N/A

Yes
WSM 
or 3G Small Cell 
or 802.11ac Wave 2* Module

Crowded areas

 

Yes

Yes

Number of radios

Dual (2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz)

Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)

Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)

Max data rate

867 Mbps

1.3 Gbps

1.3 Gbps

MIMO radio design: spatial streams

3 x 3:2

3 x 4:3

4 x 4:3

Client count/ClientLink client count

200/-

200/128

200/128

Autonomous access point option

Yes

Yes

Yes

ClientLink 3.0

Transmit beamforming with 802.11ac clients

ClientLink 3.0, adding 802.11ac support for enhanced connectivity with 802.11 a/g/n/ac clients ECBF with 802.11ac clients 
ClientLink and ECBF to 11ac clients concurrently

ClientLink 3.0, adding 802.11ac support for enhanced connectivity with 802.11a/g/n/ac clients
ECBF with 802.11ac clients
ClientLink and ECBF to 11ac clients concurrently

CleanAir 2.0

CleanAir Express -- with 80 MHz channel support

Yes -- with 80 MHz channel support

Yes - 80 MHz channel support

GPS

     

Backhaul

     

DOCSIS3.0 capability

     

LTE Coexistence

     

VideoStream

Yes

Yes

Yes

BandSelect

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rogue access point detection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Adaptive wireless intrusion protection system (wIPS)

Yes

Yes

Yes

OfficeExtend
(Integrated- antenna models only)

Yes

Yes

Yes

FlexConnect

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power

802.3af, 802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE

802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE

4 x 4:3 operation: 802.3at PoE+, Enhanced PoE, Universal PoE (UPOE)
3 x 3:3 operation: 802.3af PoE

Temperature range

1700i: 0 to 40°C

2700i: 0 to 40°
2700e: -20 - 50° C
2700p -20 - 50° C

3700i: 0 to 40°C
3700e: -20 to 55°C
3700p: -20 to 55°C

Antennas

1700i: Internal

2700i: Internal
2700e: External
2700p: External

3700i: Internal
3700e: External
3700p: External

Limited lifetime warranty

Yes

Yes

Yes

*Planned for future support

 

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Cisco AP 3700 Series: Built-for-Purpose vs. Purpose-Built

April 17 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

As more and more 802.11ac devices come to the market this year, businesses need to make sure the best possible 802.11ac wireless infrastructure gets deployed to make sure those 802.11ac end points are performing at both the best possible data rates and application throughputs to maximize the move to  802.11ac.

Cisco’s Aironet 3700 with HDX Technology does just that. If you’re thinking that the 3700 is just another 802.11ac AP, think again: not all 802.11ac AP’s are created equal.

To demonstrate this, let’s take a Cisco 3700 access point...

 3700 Cisco AP

When you open a Cisco AP, you will see dedicated memory (RAM) on the radio chipset itself (one on the 2.4 GHz radio, another on the 5 Ghz radio) to ensure the RF packets get processed “onboard” each radio instead of “offboard” in order to reduce latency and any packet processing collision from memory contention on the AP. Additional packet processing can be handled  on the “offboard” memory that is part of the network processor portion of the AP platform as well. This unique, innovative ASIC-based Wi-Fi chipset by Cisco exemplifies the built-for-Purpose design, and is the hallmark of Cisco’s 3700 Series AP.

Cisco’s 3700 Series AP

Contrast this with the competitive landscape that claims to be Purpose-Built, but in reality is leveraging off-the-shelf merchant silicon-based 802.11ac WiFi chipsets. You will see on these AP’s, the memory is only available “offboard”—introducing packet transfer latency and collision—due to a shared memory between the radios and network processor. It’s that difference that explains why with a Cisco 3700 AP, you can scale 40 or more clients without aggregate throughput drop.

Built-for-Purpose also means Cisco AP 3700 comes with HDX Technology’s ClientLink 3.0, which ensures that all 802.11ac devices are operating at the maximum 11ac data rates. I speak from personal experience--my 802.11ac enabled Macbook Air shows over 800 Mbps consistently. Without Cisco’s built-for-purpose feature set, an 11ac smartphone could be toiling around at 11n rates instead—now where’s the fun with that?

At the end of the day, a built-for-purpose AP from Cisco is going to go the distance and bring you and your end-users the highest performance, optimized for the latest devices. When building out your wireless infrastructure to support all the devices and services on your network, don’t forget: not all 802.11ac AP’s are created equal, so know what you’re getting into when selecting an access point. 

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AP 600 Series

Cisco AP 700W Series

Wi-Fi standards

802.11a/b/g/n

802.11 a/b/g/n

Ideal for

Remote worker

Hospitality, university residence halls

Site type

Home

Multidwelling units

Application performance profile

Consumer data
Deployment flexibility

In-room wired and wireless access device, 
designed to be mounted on wall junction boxes

Future-proof modularity

-

-

Crowded areas

-

-

Number of radios

Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)

Dual (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz)

Max data rate

300 Mbps

300 Mbps

MIMO radio design: spatial streams

2 x 3:2

2 x 2:2

Client count/ClientLink client count

15
No ClientLink support

100 wireless and 4 wired;
no ClientLink support

Autonomous access point option

-

Yes*

ClientLink 2.0

-

-

CleanAir

-

-

VideoStream

-

Yes

BandSelect

-

Yes

Rogue access point detection

-

Yes

Adaptive wireless intrusion protection system (wIPS)

-

Yes

OfficeExtend
(Integrated- antenna models only)

Yes

-

FlexConnect

-

Yes

Power

100 to 240 VAC, 
50-60 Hz

802.3at/af, AC adapter, 
PoE out on one port

Temperature range

0 to 40°C

0 to 40°C

Antennas

Internal

Internal

Limited lifetime warranty

Yes

Yes

Rs from: https://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/not-all-802-11ac-aps-are-created-equal-built-for-purpose-vs-purpose-built/

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Cisco Aironet 2700 Series’ Main Points

April 15 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series is a dual-band, 802.11ac supported Wi-Fi Access Point optimized for adding capacity and coverage to dense Wi-Fi networks.

It also serves the performance needs of the latest BYOD clients now shipping with 802.11ac connections.

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Delivering high performance for any small, medium-sized, and large enterprise network, the Aironet 2700 Series uses a purpose-built chipset with best-in-class RF architecture. It has been created specifically to take advantage of all the new speed and function of the latest Wi-Fi technology standard but at a price point that lets you ease into 802.11ac networking.

The Aironet 2700 Series Access Points is offered in two models:

  • Cisco Aironet 2700i Access Point has a sleek design with internal antennas and is ideal for office environments.
  • Cisco Aironet 2700e Access Point model is available for challenging indoor environments and requires external dual-band antennas.

 

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series Access Point:

Delivers the most advanced features in its class

Includes an integrated 802.11ac radio that supports 3x4 MIMO with three spatial streams. The fourth receive antenna provides a performance advantage over all competing 802.11ac solutions on the market today.

Supports true beamforming for clients that support one, two or three spatial streams

Offers Cisco HDX support. HDX includes Cisco CleanAir within 80MHz channel widths, ClientLink 3.0, and RF Turbo Performance for better performance of all clients in a dense environment.

Offers a 2700e model for harsh/challenging indoor environments. This model requires external dual-band antennas.

 

High Density Experience (HD Experience)

Building on the Cisco Aironet heritage of RF excellence, the 2700 Series APs run on a purpose-built, innovative chipset with a best-in-class RF architecture. This chipset provides a high-density experience for enterprise networks designed for mission-critical, high-performance applications. The 2700 is a component of a Cisco series of flagship, 802.11ac-enabled APs that delivers a robust mobility experience based on the following product features:

● 802.11ac with 3x4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology supporting three spatial streams. This architecture offers a sustained 1.3-Gbps rates over a greater range for more capacity and reliability than competing APs.

● Cross-AP Noise Reduction, a Cisco innovation that enables APs to intelligently collaborate in real time about RF conditions so that users connect with optimized signal quality and performance.

● Optimized AP Roaming to ensure that client devices associate with the AP in their coverage range that offers the fastest data rate available.

● Cisco ClientLink 3.0 technology to improve downlink performance to all mobile devices, including one-, two-, and three-spatial-stream devices on 802.11ac. At the same time, the technology improves battery life on mobile devices.

● Cisco CleanAir technology enhanced with 80MHz channel support. CleanAir delivers proactive, high-speed spectrum intelligence across 20-, 40-, and 80-MHz-wide channels to combat performance problems due to wireless interference.

● MIMO equalization capabilities, which optimize uplink performance and reliability by reducing the impact of signal fade.

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series sustains higher-speed connections farther from the AP than competing solutions. The result is up to three times greater availability of 1.3-Gbps rates in the Cisco environment for optimum mobile device performance and user experiences.

Cisco also offers the industry’s broadest selection of 802.11n and 802.11ac antennas, delivering optimal coverage to different deployment scenarios.

 

Scalability

The Cisco Aironet 2700 Series is a component of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, a foundation for operating both wired and wireless LANs in an integrated manner. The Unified Wireless Network can scale to as many as 18,000 APs with full Layer-3 mobility across locations on the enterprise campus, in branch offices, and at remote sites. The Cisco Unified Wireless Network delivers highly secure access to mobility services and applications. It offers the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) and investment protection by integrating smoothly with existing wired networks.

The 802.11ac-enabled Cisco Aironet 2700 Series Access Point will help partners seize huge mobility opportunities while enabling more customers to accelerate their path to Gigabit Wi-Fi. This is the foundation for a fast, dependable and secure wireless Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure that can support the many mobile devices, apps and data running in high-density customer environments.

 

 

Availability: The Cisco Aironet 2700 Access Point will be available in April 2014 and priced starting at $1,095 U.S.

 

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Cisco HDX for 802.11ac

April 11 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

The introduction of 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi standard, brings higher data rates, better performance, and better coverage compared to earlier standards. The 802.11ac standard uses a wider channel and an improved modulation scheme that also supports more clients. It is built on the success of the 802.11n standard, improving and enhancing the best practices and making it one of the most efficient standards to date. In addition, the presence of 802.11ac can provide more efficiency for 802.11n clients.

For some organizations, the technological efficiencies of 802.11ac is creating a race to upgrade their wireless networks. The race to upgrade is also being driven by the fact that the Wave 1 portion of 802.11ac, with a maximum data rate of 1.3 Gbps, could be the last Wi-Fi solution that organizations can expect before having to upgrade their switches. This combination of factors is causing 802.11ac adoption to increase at a rapid rate, resulting in better performance and coverage for wireless networks.

With increased performance and coverage comes increased traffic. There has also been an increase in the demand for client access, including 802.11ac-enabled clients, a trend that started before 802.11ac was approved as a standard. Many businesses and organizations in industries ranging from higher education and K-12 to healthcare, manufacturing, and retail are facing the same challenges: more users are coming onto the network, users are bringing more devices, more devices offer only wireless connectivity (no Ethernet port), security demands are greater, there are more operating systems to support, and lastly, application updates are needed on each of the devices. All this leads to the larger problem of high density.

However, not all 802.11ac access points are alike and some are not designed to handle higher density. To get the most out of an 802.11ac deployment, an organization must take into account certain fundamental considerations.

Enter Cisco High Density Experience (HDX) technology. Available on the Cisco Aironet 3700 and 2700 Series Access Points, Cisco HDX technology is a suite of solutions combining a feature set designed specifically to alleviate the introduction of more clients, more access points, bandwidth-hungry applications, and high-density network strain while providing an unparalleled user experience.

Cisco-2700-Series-AP-and-3700-Series-AP.jpg

HDX helps optimize performance, mitigation, scalability, and roaming for high-density wireless networks. Additionally, HDX is a hardware-based solution on a Wi-Fi chipset designed by and for Cisco. It is not simply a set of software features based on a merchant silicon Wi-Fi chipset. It is a purpose-built application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) that allows networks to get the most out of 802.11ac while also improving the overall performance of their wireless network.

HDX-Cisco.jpg

 

HDX features include the following:

Cisco CleanAir for 80-MHz Channels

With Cisco CleanAir for 80-MHz channels, Cisco has fundamentally retooled the award-winning CleanAir technology to support the entire 80-MHz channel supported by 802.11ac while providing the same level of granularity and accuracy of RF interference detection as before.

The benefit of an 80-MHz channel is the potential to double usable throughput in comparison to the 40-MHz-wide channel used by 802.11n. However, a wider RF channel is also more susceptible to interference. In other words, 802.11ac devices “hear more” than 802.11n devices, primarily due to the wider channel support.

Not all 802.11ac access points perform well in the presence of interference. With the increasing number of clients per access point, number of access points in a given wireless network, and number of wireless networks themselves, wireless network operators and administrators are challenged to maintain performance when interference exists. In brief, for high-performance and high-density environments, spectrum intelligence continues to matter. When interference can be detected and identified, it can be mitigated.

For these reasons, Cisco CleanAir technology is a key feature in Cisco’s HDX solution. Because of the increased channel bandwidth for 802.11ac networks, and the increasing density of wireless networks, CleanAir is essential to help assure that no significant degradation or suboptimal performance results from the migration to 802.11ac and the concurrent growth in high-density deployments.

 

ClientLink 3.0

Cisco ClientLink 3.0, as part of HDX, can perform Cisco’s patented beamforming technology with 802.11ac clients as well as 802.11a/g/n clients. In fact, ClientLink 3.0 complements standards-based Explicit Compressed Beamforming Feedback (ECBF) in which more and more 802.11ac clients will actively participate. ClientLink 3.0 improves the downstream performance and throughput from the access point to the client as well as improving the upstream performance and throughput from the client to the access point. This improves the quality of the connectivity between client and access point, resulting in a more stable network connection.

ClientLink 3.0 will also benefit the wireless network transition from 802.11n to 802.11ac. Every new wireless standard adoption comes with the challenge of a mixed-device environment. We saw it when running 802.11n with the mix of 802.11a/g devices, and we are now seeing it with 802.11ac and a more convoluted mix of 802.11a/n devices. There is a high chance that your office or enterprise will have a blended presence of legacy 802.11a, 802.11n, and 802.11ac client devices coexisting together. ClientLink 3.0 helps solve issues involved in mixed-client networks by enabling higher data rates for both legacy and newer clients, even when they are connected to the same access point. With ClientLink 3.0, networks will be able to enjoy the benefits of 802.11ac with a more efficient and higher-performing Wi-Fi experience.

 

Turbo Performance

Turbo Performance with HDX technology allows the supporting access points to scale to 60 clients or more, with each client running media-rich video or interactive traffic, without any performance degradation. This is especially important in networks with high client density, in which some competitors fall short at 10 or 20 clients.

Turbo Performance is important with 802.11ac because of the higher data rates, which equate to more packets per second (PPS) flowing through the access point. For example, with 802.11n, an access point might have had to push 30,000 1500-byte packets per second (PPS) through the access point’s data plane. Today, with 802.11ac, that could be 75,000 PPS or more. More PPS means more load on the access point’s CPU, so to really keep up with the demands of 802.11ac, a redesigned access point is needed.

With Turbo Performance, Cisco has fundamentally retooled its access point design specifically for 802.11ac. The result is much less CPU-intensive processing and a much more efficient packet scheduler delivering 802.11ac speeds at a much larger scale than the competition. 802.11ac allows for speeds never before seen on a Wi-Fi access point. Cisco understood the demands caused by these increased speeds and, with HDX Turbo Performance, has fundamentally reworked the data plane in order to enable unrivaled 802.11ac performance and scalability.

 

Optimized Roaming

Optimized Roaming allows clients to roam more intelligently and cleanly between access points as well as between unlicensed and licensed cells. It addresses a fundamental problem called stickiness in which the client stubbornly stays connected to an access point that it connected to earlier, even though the client has physically moved closer to another access point.

With Optimized Roaming, a Cisco access point continuously evaluates the quality of the Wi-Fi connection for each associated device and can actively disconnect a device upon detecting that the device is moving into a region of poor coverage. This disconnection forces the client to enter its scanning mode much earlier than it ordinarily would, terminating a connection that is becoming essentially unusable and allowing the client to connect to an access point with better performance.

Optimized Roaming not only benefits the end user but also improves the overall performance of the access points and therefore the experience of other users. A client that is gradually degrading in performance (and possibly degrading faster than it can dynamically rate-adapt to or compensate for) may cause a large number of retransmissions, which consume airtime. If enough clients are being sticky, the performance of the access point can be degraded. Therefore, sticky clients that maintain poor connections can easily affect well-behaved clients.

Optimized Roaming helps prevent a negative experience for Wi-Fi users by monitoring the connection quality of all devices and proactively prompting poorly performing client devices to seek a better connection much sooner.

 

RF Noise Reduction

RF Noise Reduction allows the access point to be more efficient in its use of the RF spectrum and possibly to recycle channels. This feature allows neighboring or adjacent access points to use the same channel to increase overlay density and mitigate configuration errors. With RF Noise Reduction, it is possible to deploy more access points in a given area to meet strenuous service-level agreements (SLAs). This is important for networks with extremely high client density, because it allows the deployment of additional access points to handle the higher client demand. RF Noise Reduction will be available in a future release.

If you are an enterprise IT manager and you are considering deploying 802.11ac for your wireless network, you must ask yourself if all 802.11ac access points are alike. 802.11ac has some great benefits, such as wirelike speed and the ability to handle a high concentration of clients. However, there is more to consider when deploying 802.11ac. For instance, how do you handle RF interference now that 802.11ac supports 80-MHz channels? Will legacy devices such as 802.11a/g/n allow you to achieve the best performance that 802.11ac is capable of? How can you ensure that your users get the best wireless performance when they roam across a building? And lastly, as more clients join the network, is your performance going to suffer? These are all valid concerns that Cisco addresses with its HDX solution. HDX is a necessary component of a wireless network, complementing 802.11ac while helping ensure that you get the best performance out of your wireless network.

 

Rs from http://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/interfaces-modules/aironet-access-point-module-802-11ac/at-a-glance-c45-731218.pdf

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New Cisco Aironet 2600 Series Review

March 12 2014 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

The Cisco Aironet 2600 Series is ideal for enterprise networks of any size that need high-performance, secure, and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity for consumer devices, high-performance laptops, and specialized industry equipment such as point-of-sale devices and wireless medical equipment.Cisco-ap-2600.jpg

This mission-critical access point delivers Cisco’s RF excellence features such as Cisco CleanAir and ClientLink 2.0 technology for any small, medium-sized, and large enterprise network.

Delivers the most advanced features in its class, with great performance, functionality, and reliability at a great price

Includes 802.11n-based 3 x 4 MIMO, with three spatial streams

Includes Cisco CleanAir, ClientLink 2.0, and VideoStream technologies, to help ensure an interference-free, high-speed wireless application experience

Standard 802.3af PoE

The 2600i model has integrated antennas for typical office deployments

 

The 2600e model is for RF challenging indoor environments and requires external dual-band antennas.

The main Part Numbers and Specification of Cisco Aironet 2600 Series:

The Cisco Aironet 2600i Access Point: Indoor environments with internal antennas

• AIR-CAP2602I-x-K9: Dual-band controller-based 802.11a/g/n

• AIR-CAP2602I-xK910: Eco-pack (dual-band 802.11a/g/n) 10 quantity access points

• AIR-SAP2602I-x-K9: Dual-band autonomous 802.11a/g/n

• AIR-SAP2602I-x-K95: Eco-pack (dual-band 802.11a/g/n) 5 quantity access points

The Cisco Aironet 2600e Access Point: Indoor, challenging environments with external antennas

• AIR-CAP2602E-x-K9: Dual-band controller-based 802.11a/g/n

• AIR-CAP2602E-xK910: Eco-pack (dual-band 802.11a/g/n) 10 quantity access points

• AIR-SAP2602E-x-K9: Dual-band autonomous 802.11a/g/n

• AIR-SAP2602E-x-K95: Eco-pack (dual-band 802.11a/g/n) 5 quantity access points

Regulatory Domains: (x=regulatory domain)

Customers are responsible for verifying approval for use in their individual countries. To verify approval and to identify the regulatory domain that corresponds to a particular country, visit: http://www.cisco.com/go/aironet/compliance.

Not all regulatory domains have been approved. As they are approved, the part numbers will be available on the Global Price List.

What did Aironet 2600 Series users say?

“The Aironet 2602E is designed for commercial use. This particular model requires separate controller to work. So be careful when you order it. It does not come with power supply; it's understandable, as it was designed for work with POE switch.”

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Adaptive Radio Modules for Cisco Aironet 3600

December 5 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

The Adaptive Radio Modules are a family of solutions in a modular form factor that allow customers to adapt their wireless network to their current and future needs. The modules provide a dedicated third radio that can be field-upgraded on the 3600 Series access point. These modules allow customers to integrate advanced technology into their existing network without having to replace equipment or install additional equipment. Also, by adding a third radio, the Adaptive Radio Modules expands the access point’s performance and capacity.

Cisco offers three adaptive radio modules for the 3600 Access Point:

 

  • 802.11ac Module
  • Wireless Security and Spectrum Intelligence (WSSI) Module
  • 3G Small Cell Radio Module

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These modules allow customers to integrate advanced technology into their existing network without having to replace or install additional equipment. Also, by adding a third radio, it expands the access point’s capability in terms of performance and capacity.

 

For example, the addition of the WSSI module in a 3600 Access Point allows for advanced security and monitoring features such as CleanAir, wIPS and rogue detection to operate fully on both the 2.4 and 5GHz band without affecting the client traffic associated with the other 2 radios.

Because the module is operating as a dedicated radio, the access point can provide these advanced security features while also services the client traffic. The addition of an adaptive radio module is like adding an additional processor to your access point. Advanced features such as Security and Spectrum Monitoring can operate on a dedicated radio while the access point maintains throughput and performance by serving the client traffic on the two Wi-Fi radios.

 

Special Features, Adaptive Radio Modules

Adaptive Radio Modules allow for the diverse requirements of today’s networks, while future-proofing for the technology of tomorrow. The three flavors of adaptive radio modules provide customers with a leg up on various networking challenges.

-The 802.11ac radio module is the first of its kind in the industry and offers wire-like performance ideal for supporting HD video and high client density deployments

-The WSSI Module delivers always-on spectrum intelligence and proactive security scanning without effecting client performance

-The 3G Small Cell Module allows operators to concurrently offer a Wi-Fi/3G cellular infrastructure in a single access point

What makes Cisco unique is that our 3600 AP is modular designed so it can support different radio types to address emerging client needs, as well as providing investment protection for new and existing deployments.

 

With our Adaptive Radio Modules, Cisco’s strong portfolio touts:

-The first Enterprise Class Access Point to support the new 802.11ac Wave 1 standard

-The first solution to deliver combined Wi-Fi Serving, Spectrum Analysis and Threat Detection & Mitigation into a single Access Point

-The only solution to concurrently provide 3G Small Cell support and state of the art 802.11n-based 4x4 MIMO Wi-Fi

 

Adaptive Radio Modules can be used in the enterprise

Without the flexibility of the Adaptive Radio Modules, a customer in the case of the 802.11ac module and the 3G Small Cell would have to deploy an overlay network to support these additional radios. In the case of the WSSI Module, a customer would have to deploy an additional access point that exclusively monitors the traffic for security and spectrum issues.

In all cases, adding additional equipment to the network is costly in terms of deployment and maintenance but there is a cost factor with running Ethernet cables for the additional equipment and the cost of an Ethernet port that has to be taken up on a switch.

With the Adaptive Radio Modules deployed, there is a reduction in this cost since this technology can be added to an existing deployed network. Cisco estimates that there is a 30%+ CAPEX cost savings by eliminating the need for a separate:

  •  Overlay of additional access points to support 802.11ac, 3G or Security Monitors
  •  Ethernet cabling and Access Layer port required by each additional Access Point
  •  Typical cabling infrastructure costs typically running from $750-$1000 per pull – including labor
  •  Within the Healthcare industry, this cost is typically  2-3 times more

 

With the Adaptive Radio Modules, not only does the customer get the benefits of being able to deploy advanced technology but there is a significant cost saving to be gained as well.

Reference from http://blogs.cisco.com/wireless/adaptive-radio-modules-for-the-3600-series-ap-best-of-interop-2013-finalist/

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Cisco Aironet 3700 Series: High-Density Experience

October 14 2013 , Written by Cisco & Cisco Router, Network Switch Published on #Cisco Wireless - Cisco Wireless AP

The Cisco Aironet 3700 Series is designed for high-density network environments that use mission-critical, high-performance applications. The Aironet 3700 Series incorporates the High-Density Experience by using an innovative chipset with the best-in-class RF architecture. The Aironet 3700 Series provides three times the performance of current 802.11n based Wi-Fi at a greater distance.

Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access PointsThe-Aironet-3700-Series.jpg

The industry’s first access point with an integrated 802.11ac Wave 1 radio supporting 4x4 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) with three spatial streams offers:

  • The industry's first access point with integrated 802.11ac Wave 1 radio to support a 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams
  • Cisco CleanAir Technology with enhanced 80 MHz channel support
  • Updated Cisco ClientLink 3.0 to boost performance for all clients, including 802.11ac
  • Dual Band 2.4/5 GHz integrated radios to address the growing needs of BYOD and bandwidth demands
  • A modular design that supports Cisco Wireless Security and Spectrum Intelligence, Cisco 3G Small Cells, or future 802.11ac Wave 2

 

Specifications at a Glance

Certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, Aironet 3700 Series Access Points are offered in two versions:

  • The 3700i model has integrated antennas for typical office deployments
  • The 3700e model requires external dual-band antennas and is for RF-challenging indoor environments

The 3700e model is for RF-challenging indoor environments and requires external dual-band antennas. (For more information about antennas, visit: Antenna Product Portfolio for Cisco Aironet 802.11n Access Points).

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/wireless/ps7183/ps469/at_a_glance_c45-513837.pdf

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