Overview of Cisco's Aironet Family of Wi-Fi Access Points
Cisco's top-selling Aironet family of wireless APs has evolved in step with wireless technology and has steadily delivered enhancements in speed, capacity, coverage, data protection, manageability and reliability. Modern Aironet Wave 2 wireless APs support as many as 400 clients each and deliver transfer rates of more than 5 gigabits/sec. Networks of Aironet APs implemented with Cisco's Prime Infrastructure architecture allow you to set up multi-site wireless LANs with up to 18,000 APs supporting up to 64,000 users, all under centralized management. Progent's Cisco CCIE-certified Wi-Fi consultants can provide remote or on-premises consulting and troubleshooting support to assist you to plan, install, upgrade, tune, manage and troubleshoot Aironet wireless environments of any scale, indoors or outdoors.
Aironet Wi-Fi Access Points are available for any WLAN scenario
Progent's Cisco CCIE wireless network consultants offer remote or on-premises integration and troubleshooting support to help you to design, implement, upgrade, optimize, manage and debug Aironet wireless access point environments of any size or topology. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller experts can also help you to combine your Wi-Fi environment with your wired network infrastructure and cloud-based resources to create an enterprise-wide connectivity foundation that is easy to manage and expand. Progent also can provide affordable wireless site surveys to assist you to decide the most efficient selection, location and setup of Aironet Wi-Fi APs to work with your specific workplace design, construction, and expected network traffic.
Cisco Aironet Wave 2 Indoor Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Wave 2 Wi-Fi APs feature substantial enhancements over the initial generation of 802.11ac products, known as Wave 1. Enhancements include up to 2.34 Gbps instead of 1.3 Gbps in the 5 GHz band, multi-user MIMO for transmitting data to multiple devices , better signal coverage and expandability, and the ability to use 160-MHz-wide channels and/or an additional spatial stream to improve performance and support more features. For high-density wireless deployments, nearly all Aironet Wave 2 wireless APs work with Cisco Mobility Express, which allows 50 to 100 access points to be configured quickly without the help of a physical Cisco Wi-Fi controller appliance. Progent can help your organization to assess the business advantages of replacing your Wave 1 or older Aironet wireless APs and can also assist you to design, implement and manage a Wave 2 Aironet wireless AP network that maximizes business value.
Cisco's Aironet 1810W Series wireless APs are low-profile Wave 2 wall-plate-mountable APs intended for use in multi-dwelling units like hotels and cruise ships. Cisco's Aironet 1810W features Dual 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz transceivers and a Bluetooth radio, features 2x2 multi-user MIMO technology with two spatial streams, and supports a combined data rate of 867-Mbps and a maximum user count of 400. Cisco's Aironet 1810W includes three local GB Ethernet ports including one with PoE Out for supporting an appliance like an IP handset, printer or surveillance camera. The Cisco Aironet 1818 adds a 10/100/1000BASE-T PoE uplink interface and a pass-through RJ-45 connection. Cisco's Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series access point is a Wave 2 802.11ac unit that includes a mounting cradle and is designed to provide secure Wi-Fi connectivity for remote workers and small office employees. The Aironet 1810W Series OfficeExtend Access Point must be attached to a remote Wi-Fi network controller, which allows easy unified management of policies and avoids the need for setting up home-based or remote-office firewalls. The Aironet 1810 OfficeExtend Series features the same performance and connections as the Aironet 1810W Wireless AP.
The Aironet 1815 Series Wi-Fi APs are low-cost, compact Wave 2 appliances designed for small and mid-size companies. The series includes four models made for distinct usage scenarios. Cisco's 1815i Wi-Fi AP offers versatile alternatives for wall or ceiling mount. Cisco's 1815w wireless AP is a desktop device. The 1815t Wi-Fi access point includes three GE ports to support telecommuters or users in a small branch office; and Cisco's 1815m Wi-Fi AP features extra transmit power for better coverage. All models in the Cisco 1815 Wireless AP series include dual radios (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and 2x2 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams. All but the 1815t Wi-Fi access point can be administered with Cisco Mobility Express. Only the 1815t wireless access point supports OfficeExtend. Each 1815 Series wireless access point delivers a combined transfer rate of 1 Gbps and can handle up to 400 Wi-Fi users. All models except the 1815t include a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio, and only the 1815t includes a USB interface and offers the option of Power over Ethernet (PoE) or AC/DC power.
The Cisco Aironet 1830 Series wireless AP is intended for small and mid-size wireless networks and includes 2.4/5 GHz radios, features 3x3 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams, includes a 10/100/1000BASE-T RJ-4 port with PoE, supports a combined data rate of up to 867-Mbps on the 5-Ghz radio, and can handle a maximum of 400 clients. The Cisco 1830 Series wireless AP also accepts a BLE radio via a USB dongle. The BLE radio can be used for applications like navigation, proximity marketing, and inventory.
Cisco's Aironet 1850i Wi-Fi AP is designed for small and mid-sized businesses and features 4x4 MU-MIMO supporting up to four spatial streams (when in single-user MIMO mode, three in MU-MIMO), incorporates a GE PoE interface, a GE interface for link aggregation, and an RJ-45 management console connection. The Cisco Aironet 1850i Wi-Fi access point supports a maximum aggregate dual-radio transfer rate of 2 gigabits/sec and a maximum user count of 400. A BLE radio can be attached to the 1850i Series wireless AP by means of a USB dongle.
The Cisco Aironet 2800 Series Wi-Fi AP is designed for large companies and can maximize throughput by dynamically assigning its dual radios as one 2.4 and one 5 GHz radio or as two 5 GHz radios, which can support combined throughput up to 5 Gbps. The Cisco Aironet 2800 Wi-Fi AP features 4x4 MU-MIMO with up to three spatial streams and can serve up to 400 Wi-Fi users. An extra antenna interface accommodates difficult sites such as high-ceiling auditoriums, libraries and cafeterias. Cisco's 2800 wireless AP includes two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and an RJ-45 management console interface. A Bluetooth radio can be added by using a USB dongle.
The Aironet 3800 Wave 2 wireless access points are designed for crowded environments such as large offices or warehouses. The Aironet 3800 offers three different antenna options. The 3800i has internal antennas, the 3800e has external ones, and the 3800p offers high-power external antennas to handle crowded indoor venues such as arenas and convention centers. All 3800 series wireless 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 performance can be as high as 5.2 Gbps in Dual 5-GHz mode. The Aironet 3800 Wi-Fi AP can handle up to 400 Wi-Fi users and has two 100/1000/2500/5000 Multigigabit Ethernet interfaces, one 100/1000BASE-T RJ-45 auxiliary port, and an RJ-45 management console port.
The Aironet 4800 wireless access point, intended for large organizations in need of high performance and hardened security, is the top of the line of Cisco's Aironet family, featuring dual 2.4/5 GHz or dual 5 GHz radios and 4x4 multi-user MIMO with three spatial streams. Cisco's 4800 Wi-Fi AP can handle as many as 400 users. The AP includes two Multigigabit Ethernet ports, one RJ-45 management console port, and a BLE radio. By including a fourth radio, Cisco's 4800 wireless access point can distribute key Aironet functions to more radios so they can execute simultaneously. These core functions include built-in Flexible Radio Assignment, Hyperlocation, and Bluetooth Low Energy. The Cisco 4800 wireless access point's fourth internal radio adds advanced security and in-depth analytics for performance and location. Having four radios also enables the two Wi-Fi radios outfitted with Flexible Radio Assignment to run in 5 GHz client serving mode, supporting 5.2 Gbps wireless throughput and increasing client capacity.
Aironet Wave 1 Indoor Wi-Fi Access Points
The 802.11ac specification works in the 5-GHz band, utilizes 80-MHz channels for higher performance, and allows Wi-Fi radios to use spectrum more efficiently, transmit data faster, and relinquish spectrum more quickly than earlier standards. This improves speed, mitigation, scalability, and roaming for high-concentration Wi-Fi networks. Although the 802.11ac specification was accepted at the start of 2014, Cisco designed transitional Aironet 802.11ac access points prior to that. These transitional devices offer many of the major benefits of the 802.11ac standard and Cisco refers to them as Wave 1 access points. Cisco's Wave 1 dual-band Aironet APs include 2.4 GHz radios to communicate with legacy Wi-Fi clients.
Cisco's Aironet 1700 Series is an economical wireless access point that supports 802.11ac Wave 1 technology, offers 3x3 multiple input-multiple output equalization with two spatial streams, supports a speed of 867 Mbps, and can handle 200 clients. The Aironet 2700 Series is a wall-mountable wireless AP designed for midsize or large organizations and features four internal or external antennas. The 2700 Series wireless AP has a 3x4 MIMO radio with three spatial streams, has a top connection speed of 1.3 Gbps, and supports 200 802.11ac clients and 128 802.11n users. The Aironet 3700 Series Wi-Fi APs are wall-mountable devices offered with an internal antenna, an external antenna, or in a special Aironet 3700p version with a narrow-beam-width, high-gain antenna. The 3700 Series wireless AP has a 4x4 MIMO radio design with three spatial streams and delivers a top connection rate of 1.3 Gbps. The modular construction of the 3700 Series wireless access point accepts 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 specification made it practical for people to rely on Wi-Fi as their day-to-day network connection, delivering 390 Mbps data rates and single-user MIMO in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Cisco continues to offer a portfolio of Wi-Fi APs powered by this popular wireless standard. Progent offers online and on-premises consulting and troubleshooting expertise for Cisco's current line of 802.11n Wi-Fi access points and for discontinued Aironet devices, and Progent's consultants can help you to assess the value to your business of moving from your outdated Wi-Fi infrastructure to Cisco's current line of 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points.
Cisco's Aironet 700W Series Wi-Fi AP is an 802.11n device intended for multi-dwelling sites such as college dorms and can be mounted on a wall junction box. The dual-radio Aironet 700W has 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams, can handle 100 Wi-Fi users, comes with four 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports (one with PoE), and delivers performance as high as 300 Mbps. The Cisco Aironet 1600 Series is a value-priced Wi-Fi AP intended for small organizations and includes 802.11n 3x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, can support 128 Wi-Fi clients, and delivers performance as high as 300 Mbps. The Aironet 2600 Series Wi-Fi AP is designed for high-density sites and includes 802.11n 3x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports 200 Wi-Fi clients, and can handle data rates as high as 450 Mbps.
Aironet Outdoor and Industrial Wireless Access Points
The Cisco Aironet line of Wi-Fi access points includes Wave 2, Wave 1, and 802.11a/b/g/n APs intended to be installed in outdoor sites that can range from campuses to harsh industrial environments such as rail, mining, or gas. Progent's Wi-Fi consultants can help your organization to select, deploy and administer Aironet outdoor and industrial Wi-Fi access points to fit your technical requirements and budget. Progent's cybersecurity experts can also assist your organization to define and implement security policies for your outdoor wireless infrastructure or validate the security of your Aironet wireless APs.
The Cisco Aironet 1530 Series outdoor 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi access points are Wave 1 dual-radio, carrier-grade devices offered in an IP67-compliant body to withstand dust particles, moisture, shock and temperature extremes. The wireless access points have a Gigabit Ethernet connection and a GbE WAN uplink port and deliver performance of up to 300 Mbps. The Aironet 1530I incorporates built-in antennas and supports 3x3:2 MIMO (multiple input multiple output) 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 Wi-Fi AP supports 2x2 MIMO and two spatial streams on each radio and includes software-configurable dual- or single-band external antennas.
Cisco's Aironet 1540 Series outdoor Wi-Fi AP is a Wave 2 device that supports data rates as high as 867-Mbps on the 5 GHz radio. This allows an aggregate data rate of 1.1 Gbps. The 1540 wireless AP includes 2x2 MU-MIMO and supports up to two spatial streams. For small to midsize networks with a maximum of 50 wireless access points, you can run Cisco Mobility Express Solution for rapid and easy deployment without the need for a Cisco wireless Wi-Fi controller appliance. One of the most compact outdoor wireless APs with internal antennas, the 1540 access point is available with either a directional or a semi-omni directional antenna, giving you flexibility in selecting antenna patterns to match various RF conditions.
The Cisco Aironet 1552S outdoor/industrial wireless access point is engineered for dangerous sites like refineries and has a built-in ISA100-compliant backbone router to interface with wireless sensor networks, offering an complete package for wireless client support and access to sensors. Cisco's Aironet 1552WU is packaged in a Class 1 Div 2/Zone 2 hazardous location-compliant body, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, supports data rates as high as 300 Mbps, and provides a Gigabit Ethernet connection, a 10/100/1000 BaseT interface, and a fiber SP uplink interface. The Aironet 1552WU wireless AP is designed for dangerous environments and includes a built-in WirelessHART gateway for connecting wirelessly with industrial sensor equipment. The Cisco Aironet 1552WU wireless AP is packaged in a hazardous location-certified body, supports 2:3 MIMO and two spatial streams, delivers data rates as high as 300 Mbps, and offers GbE and 10/100/1000 BaseT uplink choices.
Cisco Aironet 1562 model outdoor wireless access points come with three antenna choices to meet various RF conditions. The high-throughput 1562I wireless AP has integrated omnidirectional antennas for conventional venues such as a school campus. The 1562E has powerful external omni antennas for sites such as outside warehouses or malls where customers can configure the needed coverage. The Cisco Aironet 1562D Wi-Fi AP has an internal directional antenna suitable for high-density sites or for environments that need wireless point-to-point bridging like parks or sports stadiums. All three 1562 versions can serve a maximum of 400 Wi-Fi clients, support 48 VDC and PoE power, and feature fiber SP optics and cable modem backhaul. The 1562E and 1562D models incorporate 2x2 MU-MIMO technology with 2 spatial streams and support data rates of up to 867 Mbps. The 1562I has 3x3 MU-MIMO technology with 3 spatial streams and supports data rates as high as 1,300 Mbps.
Cisco's Aironet 1570 Series is an enterprise and carrier-class Wi-Fi AP that was at introduction the fastest performing outdoor wireless AP available. The 1570 includes internal or external antennas, incorporates 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams, supports data rates as high as 1.3 Gbps, and has Fiber/SFP, GbE, and Cable Modem uplink interfaces. Models include the Aironet 1572EAC with an external antenna with AC-power, the Aironet 1572IC which includes internal 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 AP to offer 4x4 MIMO with three spatial streams and beamforming. The Aironet Wave 1 IW3700 wireless access point has a rugged IP67-rated enclosure, incorporates a dual-band radio compatible with 802.11ac (5 GHz) and 802.11n (2.4 GHz) standards, provides over-the-air data speeds as high as 1.3 Gbps, and serves up to 200 users.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points Supported by Progent
The remarkable improvements in Wi-Fi speed and capacity enabled by 802.11ac technology, combined with the proliferation of mobile users running high-bandwidth apps with HD video, has rendered earlier generations of wireless infrastructure products out of date. Although many companies run Wi-Fi workloads that are well served by legacy 802.11n networks, the fact that end-of-life Wi-Fi networking appliances like APs have reached, or are soon to reach, end-of-life status can have serious consequences for security, the ongoing access to technical assistance, and the difficulty of downstream expansion.
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless technology consultants can provide a full range of consulting support services to assist businesses of any size manage and support their legacy Aironet environment, assess the potential benefits for moving to the latest generation of Aironet access points, and develop a budget-friendly plan to migrate seamlessly to a cohesive Wi-Fi environment that provides the speed. performance, security, manageability and reliability expected of a modern Wi-Fi ecosystem. Some of legacy Aironet access points for which Progent can provide online and on-premises support include:
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG Series access points are designed for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have little environmental variability. These products include integrated antennas that provide dependable radio range patterns. The Cisco Aironet 1130G Series device is engineered for restricted domains that do not permit 5GHz operation.
Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family wireless access points are designed for more challenging radio frequency environments such as factories or above ceiling structures which often call for adjustable external antennas and rugged metal cases. The Cisco Aironet 1240G Series product is designed for controlled locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs offer an economical, expandable, secure outdoor wireless mechanism for enterprise campuses and for public venues that require connectivity for mobile phones or computers.
The Cisco Aironet 600 OfficeExtend Series Wi-Fi access point is an 802.11n unit intended for home workers. The Aironet 600 Wi-Fi AP includes a dual 2.4/5 GHz radio, uses 2x3 MIMO with two spatial streams, serves a maximum of 15 Wi-Fi users, and provides performance as high as 300 Mbps.
How Progent Can Assist You with Aironet Wireless Access Points
Progent can provide cost-effective remote or onsite help from a certified CCIE network expert to assist you to plan, install, administer, optimize, update or troubleshoot a wireless network that incorporates Cisco's Aironet wireless access points. Progent can help you manage and debug legacy Aironet APs or move efficiently to Cisco's latest generation of Wave 2 Wi-Fi access points based on 802.11ac technology. Progent's Cisco Wi-Fi controller consultants can help you to see whether your wireless network should include Cisco Wi-Fi controller hardware or can be configured and maintained with software tools such as Cisco Mobility Express.
Progent's remote and on-premises wireless site surveys can help your organization to determine the most efficient selection and location of Cisco Aironet wireless access points to support your user volume, offer the coverage you need, and keep up with your critical workloads. Progent's certified network security experts can help you to design, implement and test a security and compliance strategy that covers network policies, remote network and endpoint monitoring, and streamlined management. Progent's disaster preparedness experts and business continuity experts can help you to build fault-tolerance and recoverability into your Cisco product implementations to optimize the productivity of your converged wired/wireless network infrastructure.
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