Overview of Cisco's Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's popular Aironet line of wireless access points (APs) has developed in concert with Wi-Fi technology and has steadily offered improvements in performance, capacity, coverage, data protection, manageability and reliability. Modern Aironet Wave 2 wireless access points can handle as many as 400 users per device and can handle transfer rates in excess of 5 Gbps. Networks of Aironet access points implemented with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allow you to set up multi-site wireless networks with up to 18,000 access points serving up to 64,000 clients, all under single-point management. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified wireless networking consultants offer remote or on-premises consulting and debugging support to help your organization to design, deploy, upgrade, optimize, manage and troubleshoot Aironet wireless deployments of any scale, inside or outdoors.
Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points are available for virtually any WLAN venue
Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi network infrastructure consultants offer online or on-premises configuration and troubleshooting services to assist your organization to plan, configure, update, optimize, administer and debug Aironet wireless AP deployments of any scale or topology. Progent's Cisco wireless controller consultants can also assist you to integrate your Wi-Fi environment with your wired network and cloud-based resources to build an enterprise-wide connectivity solution that is easy to manage and scale. Progent also offers affordable wireless site surveys to assist you to determine the most efficient selection, location and setup of Aironet wireless access points to accommodate your unique workplace design, construction, and expected workloads.
Cisco Aironet Wave 2 Indoor Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Wave 2 Wireless APs feature substantial enhancements compared to the first generation of 802.11ac devices, known as Wave 1. Improvements include 2.34 Gbps instead of 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band, multi-user MIMO for transferring data to multiple clients simultaneously, better coverage and scale, and the ability to utilize 160-MHz-wide channels and/or an additional spatial stream to improve performance and support more functionlity. For high-density wireless environments, almost all Aironet Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points work with Cisco Mobility Express, which permits 50 to 100 access points to be deployed rapidly without the help of a physical Cisco wireless controller. Progent can assist your organization to assess the business advantages of replacing your Wave 1 or older Aironet wireless APs and can also help you to plan, deploy and manage a Wave 2 Aironet wireless AP solution that delivers maximum business value.
Cisco's Aironet 1810W Series wireless access points are compact Wave 2 wall-plate-mountable APs intended for deployment in multi-dwelling units such as hotels and cruise ships. The Aironet 1810W includes Dual 2.4 and 5 GHz radios and a Bluetooth radio, incorporates 2x2 multi-user MIMO with two spatial streams, and delivers an aggregate transfer rate of 867-Mbps and a maximum client count of 400. The Aironet 1810W includes three local GB Ethernet connections including one with PoE Out for supporting an appliance such as an IP phone, printer or surveillance camera. Cisco's Aironet 1818 also includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T PoE uplink interface and a pass-through RJ-45 port. The Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series AP is a Wave 2 802.11ac unit that includes a mounting cradle and is designed to provide safe wireless access for remote workers and branch office employees. Cisco's Aironet 1810W Series OfficeExtend AP must be connected to a remote wireless network controller, which allows easy unified management of policies and avoids the hassle of overseeing home or branch-office firewalls. The Cisco Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series features the same throughput and I/O ports as the Aironet 1810W Wireless AP.
Cisco's Aironet 1815 Series wireless APs are value-priced, low-profile Wave 2 appliances designed for small and medium-size businesses. The 1815 series includes four models made for distinct usage scenarios. Cisco's 1815i wireless AP offers flexible options for wall or ceiling mount. Cisco's 1815w Wi-Fi AP is a desktop unit. The Cisco 1815t Wi-Fi AP features three Gigabit Ethernet ports to support telecommuters or workers in a micro branch office; and the 1815m wireless AP features stronger transmission power for better signal coverage. All models in the Cisco 1815 Wireless AP series include dual radios (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with two spatial streams. All but the 1815t Wi-Fi AP can be managed with Cisco Mobility Express. Only the 1815t wireless access point supports OfficeExtend. Each 1815 Series wireless AP delivers an aggregate data rate of 1 gigabit/sec and can support up to 400 clients. All models except the 1815t include a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio, and only the 1815t includes a USB port and has the option of Power over Ethernet or AC/DC power.
Cisco's Aironet 1830 Series Wi-Fi AP is intended for small and medium-size networks and includes 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios, features 3x3 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams, includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-4 port with PoE, supports an aggregate data transfer rate of 867-Mbps on the 5-Ghz radio, and can handle up to 400 users. The 1830 Series Wi-Fi access point also supports a BLE radio via a USB dongle. The Bluetooth radio can be used for navigation, proximity marketing, and asset tracking.
The Cisco Aironet 1850i Wi-Fi access point is designed for small and medium-sized companies and features 4x4 multi-user MIMO technology with up to four spatial streams (when in single-user MIMO mode, three spatial streams in MU-MIMO), includes a GigE PoE interface, a Gigabit Ethernet port for link aggregation, and an RJ-45 management console port. Cisco's Aironet 1850i wireless AP supports a total aggregate dual-radio transfer rate of 2 Gbps and a maximum user count of 400. A BLE radio can be added to the 1850i Series wireless AP by using a USB dongle.
The Aironet 2800 Series wireless AP is intended for large enterprises and can optimize throughput by dynamically assigning its dual radios as one 2.4 and one 5 GHz radio or as two 5 GHz radios, delivering aggregate throughput up to 5 Gbps. The Cisco Aironet 2800 wireless AP features 4x4 MU-MIMO supporting up to three spatial streams and can serve up to 400 clients. An extra antenna interface is included for challenging sites such as high-ceiling auditoriums, libraries and eating areas. Cisco's 2800 Wi-Fi access point features two GE ports and an RJ-45 management console interface. A Bluetooth radio can be connected by using a USB dongle.
Cisco's Aironet 3800 Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points are designed for crowded environments like large offices or warehouses. The Aironet 3800 offers three different antenna options. The Aironet 3800i comes with internal antennas, the 3800e has external antennas, and the 3800p offers high-power external antennas to handle high-density indoor scenarios such as arenas and convention areas. All 3800 series Wi-Fi access points support 4x4 multi-user MIMO with three spatial streams, and their two radios can be run in 2.4-GHz/5-GHz mode or in Dual 5-GHz 802.11ac mode. Total throughput can be as high as 5.2 Gbps in Dual 5-GHz 802.11ac mode. The Aironet 3800 Wi-Fi AP can handle up to 400 Wi-Fi users and has two 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet ports, one 100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 auxiliary port, and an RJ-45 management console interface.
The Aironet 4800 Wi-Fi AP, intended for large enterprises in need of high performance and advanced security, is the top of the line of the Aironet family, featuring dual 2.4 and 5 GHz or dual 5 GHz radios and 4x4 MU-MIMO radio designs with three spatial streams. The Cisco 4800 Wi-Fi AP can serve up to 400 users. The device comes with two Multigigabit ports, one RJ-45 management console port, and a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio. By having a fourth radio, The Cisco 4800 wireless access point can distribute core Aironet operations to more radios so they can execute simultaneously. These core functions include built-in Flexible Radio Assignment, Hyperlocation, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The 4800 Wi-Fi access point's fourth internal radio adds enhanced security and in-depth analytics for performance and location. Using four radios also makes it possible for the two Wi-Fi radios outfitted with Flexible Radio Assignment to run in 5 GHz client serving mode, delivering 5.2 Gbps (2 x 2.6 Gbps) Wi-Fi throughput and increasing user capacity.
Cisco Aironet Wave 1 Indoor Wireless APs
The Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard works in the 5-GHz band, uses 80-MHz channels for higher throughput, and enables wireless radios to utilize spectrum more efficiently, send data faster, and surrender spectrum more rapidly than earlier standards. This improves speed, recovery, scalability, and hand-offs for high-concentration wireless networks. Although the 802.11ac standard was accepted in the beginning of 2014, Cisco designed crossover Aironet 802.11ac access points before then. These crossover devices offer many of the major benefits of 802.11ac technology and Cisco has branded them Wave 1 access points. Cisco's Wave 1 dual-band Aironet APs include 2.4 GHz radios to communicate with earlier generation Wi-Fi clients.
Cisco's Aironet 1700 Series is an economical Wi-Fi access point that supports 802.11ac Wave 1 technology, offers 3x3 MIMO equalization with two spatial streams, supports a speed of 867 Mbps, and can handle up to 200 clients. Cisco's Aironet 2700 Series is a wall-mountable Wi-Fi AP intended for midsize or large organizations and is offered with four internal or external antennas. The Cisco 2700 Series Wi-Fi AP has a 3x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams, has a maximum connection rate of 1.3 Gbps, and supports 200 802.11ac clients and up to 128 802.11n users. The Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Wi-Fi APs are wall-mountable units available with an internal antenna, an external antenna, or in the Aironet 3700p model with a narrow-beam, high-gain antenna. Cisco's 3700 Series wireless AP has a 4x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams and delivers a maximum connection speed of 1.3 Gbps. The modular design of the 3700 Series wireless AP supports Cisco's Wireless Security add-on module as well as Cisco's 3G Small Cells module.
Aironet 802.11n Indoor Wi-Fi Access Point
The 802.11n standard made it realistic for people to rely on Wi-Fi as their day-to-day network connection, delivering 390 Mbps data rates and single-user MIMO (multiple input multiple output) in the 2.4/5 GHz bands. Cisco continues to offer a portfolio of Wi-Fi APs based on this popular Wi-Fi technology. Progent can provide remote and onsite consulting and debugging support for Cisco's current 802.11n Wi-Fi access points as well as legacy Aironet access points, and Progent can assist you to determine the benefit to your business of moving from your outdated AP infrastructure to the current generation of 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points.
The Aironet 700W Series wireless access point is an 802.11n device designed for multi-dwelling environments like college dorms and can be mounted on a wall junction box. The dual-radio Aironet 700W features 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams, can handle 100 Wi-Fi clients, includes four 10/100/1000BASE-T ports (one with Power over Ethernet), and delivers performance as high as 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 1600 Series is a value-priced wireless AP designed for small and midsize companies and offers 802.11n 3x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, can support 128 Wi-Fi users, and delivers data rates as high as 300 Mbps. The Cisco Aironet 2600 Series wireless AP is designed for high-density sites and includes 802.11n 3x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports 200 Wi-Fi users, and can handle data rates as high as 450 Mbps.
Aironet Outdoor and Industrial Wi-Fi Access Points
Cisco's Aironet family of wireless access points includes Wave 2, Wave 1, and 802.11a/b/g/n access points designed to be deployed in outdoor sites that range campuses to severe industrial sites like transportation, mining, or gas. Progent's Wi-Fi consultants can assist your organization to select, deploy and manage Aironet outdoor and ruggedized wireless access points to meet your functional needs and budget. Progent's security consultants can also help your organization to specify and implement policies for your outdoor wireless infrastructure or validate the security of your Aironet Wi-Fi access points.
Cisco's Aironet 1530 Series outdoor 802.11b/g/n wireless APs are Wave 1 dual-radio, carrier-grade units offered in an IP67-rated body to withstand dust particles, moisture, vibration and temperature extremes. The wireless APs have a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port and a GbE WAN uplink port and support data rates as high as 300 Mbps. Cisco's Aironet 1530I includes integrated antennas and has 3x3:2 MIMO technology with three spatial streams on the 2.4 GHz radio and 2x3 MIMO with two spatial streams on the 5GHz radio. The Cisco Aironet 1530E outdoor wireless access point offers 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams on both radios and comes with software-configurable dual- or single-band external antennas.
Cisco's Aironet 1540 Series outdoor wireless AP is a Wave 2 unit that provides data rates as high as 867-Mbps on the 5 GHz radio. This allows an aggregate dual-radio data rate of 1.1 Gbps. The 1540 Wi-Fi AP features 2x2 MU-MIMO and allows up to two spatial streams. For networks with a maximum of 50 wireless access points, you can use Cisco Mobility Express Solution for rapid and easy deployment without the need for a Cisco wireless Wi-Fi controller. One of Cisco's smallest footprint outdoor Wi-Fi access points with built-in antennas, the 1540 access point is offered with either a directional or a semi-omni directional antenna, providing versatility in selecting antenna patterns to match various RF conditions.
The Cisco Aironet 1552S outdoor/industrial wireless AP is engineered for hazardous sites like chemical plants and has a built-in ISA100-standard backbone router to communicate with wireless sensor networks, providing an all-in-one package for Wi-Fi user support and connectivity to sensor devices. The Aironet 1552WU is packaged in a Class 1 Div 2/Zone 2 hazardous location-compliant enclosure, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports performance as high as 300 Mbps, and includes a GE port, a 10/100/1000 BaseT interface, and a fiber Small-Form-Factor Pluggable (SP) uplink interface. The Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi access point is designed for dangerous environments and includes a built-in WirelessHART gateway for connecting wirelessly with industrial sensor equipment. Cisco's Aironet 1552WU Wi-Fi access point is packaged in a hazardous location-certified body, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports data rates of up to 300 Mbps, and provides GE and 10/100/1000 BaseT uplink options.
Aironet 1562 series outdoor Wi-Fi APs come with three antenna choices to match different usage conditions. The high-throughput 1562I wireless AP has internal omnidirectional antennas for general-purpose venues like a school campus. The 1562E includes high-power external omni antennas for sites such as outside warehouses or malls where businesses can select the needed signal coverage. The Aironet 1562D wireless AP has an internal directional antenna designed for high-density sites or for locations that require wireless point-to-point bridging such as parks or stadiums. All three 1562 models can serve a maximum of 400 Wi-Fi clients, offer 48 VDC and PoE power, and feature fiber Small-Form-Factor Pluggable optics and cable modem backhaul. The 1562E and 1562D models incorporate 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with 2 spatial streams and deliver performance as high as 867 Mbps. The 1562I has 3x3 MU-MIMO with 3 spatial streams and delivers performance of up to 1,300 Mbps.
Cisco's Aironet 1570 Series is an enterprise-class wireless AP that was at one time the fastest outdoor wireless AP on the market. The Aironet 1570 comes with internal or external antennas, supports 4x4 MIMO technology with three spatial streams, delivers data rates as high as 1.3 Gbps, and has Fiber/SFP, GE, and Cable Modem uplink connections. Versions include the Aironet 1572EAC that has an external antenna with AC-power, the Aironet 1572IC with integrated antennas with cable modem, and the Aironet 1572EC which has an external antenna with cable modem.
Cisco's Aironet Industrial Wireless 3700 (IW3700) Series is the first industrial/outdoor wireless access point to provide 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams plus beamforming. The Wave 1 IW3700 Wi-Fi AP has a rugged IP67-rated housing, includes a dual-band radio compliant with 802.11ac (5 GHz) and 802.11n (2.4 GHz) specifications, provides over-the-air data rates as high as 1.3 Gbps, and supports up to 200 Wi-Fi clients.
Legacy Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points Supported by Progent
The remarkable improvements in Wi-Fi speed and density driven by 802.11ac technology, coupled with the increase in BYOD clients running bandwidth-hungry apps with streaming video, has made earlier families of wireless infrastructure products obsolete. Although many companies run Wi-Fi workloads that are reasonably supported by legacy 802.11n environments, the fact that end-of-life Wi-Fi infrastructure products like APs have reached, or are about to reach, end-of-support status can have important consequences for security and compliance, the ongoing access to technical assistance, and the difficulty of downstream expansion.
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi technology consultants can provide advanced consulting services to help organizations of all sizes manage and support their legacy Aironet solution, evaluate the possible benefits for upgrading to the newest family of Aironet APs, and design a budget-friendly plan to migrate smoothly to a cohesive Wi-Fi environment that delivers the speed. performance, protection, manageability and availability expected of a modern Wi-Fi ecosystem. Examples of legacy Aironet APs for which Progent can provide remote and on-premises support include:
Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family wireless access points are designed for offices and other sites which have minimal environmental instability. These devices include built-in antennas that provide dependable radio coverage patterns. The Cisco 1130G Series wireless access point is intended for controlled domains that do not allow 802.11a/5GHz operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are intended for more challenging radio frequency environments like manufacturing plants or above suspended ceilings which often call for flexible external antennas and durable cases. The Cisco 1240G family wireless access point is intended for controlled locations that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor mesh access points deliver an affordable, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for portable devices.
Cisco's Aironet 600 OfficeExtend Series wireless access point is an 802.11n device intended for telecommuters. The Cisco Aironet 600 wireless access point features a dual 2.4/5 GHz radio, uses 2x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, serves a maximum of 15 Wi-Fi users, and provides throughput as high as 300 Mbps.
How Progent Can Assist You with Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi APs
Progent offers affordable remote or on-premises support from a Cisco-certified CCIE network consultant to assist your organization to design, deploy, administer, tune, update or repair a wireless environment that includes Cisco's Aironet Wi-Fi access points. Progent can help you maintain legacy Aironet APs or move smoothly to Cisco's latest generation of Wave 2 wireless access points based on the 802.11ac specification. Progent's certified Cisco Wi-Fi controller experts can help you to see whether your Wi-Fi network calls for Cisco Wi-Fi controller hardware or can be managed with software tools like Cisco Mobility Express.
Progent's online and onsite wireless site surveys can help your organization to identify the most appropriate selection and location of Cisco Aironet wireless access points to support your client density, provide the coverage you require, and deal with your most demanding applications. Progent's certified network security experts can assist you to plan, deploy and test a security and compliance strategy that covers network policies, remote network monitoring, and centralized management. Progent's disaster preparedness consultants and business continuity consultants can assist you to incorporate fault-tolerance and recoverability into your Cisco product deployments to optimize the uptime of your seamless wired/wireless network infrastructure.
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